Training with TSG is a natural choice for surveillance skills

The Surveillance Group is one of the largest covert surveillance companies currently operating within the United Kingdom. We are the largest provider of covert Surveillance training, teaching individuals how to conduct successful foot and mobile surveillance whilst obtaining the relevant intelligence.

As we are primarily an operational organisation, our training courses are also used exclusively as an employment tool, providing our company with the opportunity to select high class students who have proven their capabilities throughout the courses and are looking to pursue a career within an exciting and specialist field.

At the Surveillance Groups training centre you will be taught current and up to date techniques by the companies leading surveillance operatives.

All of the main awards have all been accredited with a IQ Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations and an IQ Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations, alongside these awards is the Level 3 Professional Investigators Award.

If you are keen to gain employment within our company or the Surveillance Industry itself, then it is highly recommended that you complete a Surveillance and Investigations package.

The package consists of the above Awards and Certficates. This package enables you to hit the ground running with the skills required to start your surveillance career.

If you require further information from any member of our team, then you can send us your query via the contact us link or communicate with us via the instant messenger service provided.

D. Holland, Surveillance Operative – My TSG Experience

Apparently the transition from HM Forces to the civilian world was supposed to be tough. With raised eyebrows, I ventured into civi street and completed the training course ran by TSG to become a surveillance operative. After completing the course, I was given the opportunity to become part of one of many teams here at TSG and, within no time at all, I was spending my days covertly following claimants around... You know, mostly those people you see sitting in the disabled seats at Arsenal v Spurs who jump up and celebrate when their team scores!

My career at TSG has become more and more exciting and rewarding as time has gone on, with a variety of different tasks being offered to me. One of my personal highlights came in March 2017, when I received an email asking me to visit a massage parlour and establish whether the masseuses were offering any ‘extra services’ of a sexual nature. When I arrived at the parlour, I was greeted by a female masseuse and soon enough I was front down on the massage bed with my heart rate going through the roof!

It would soon become apparent that the parlour was indeed providing ‘extra services’ and, after a few months had passed, I was recounting my experience at a hearing in central London. It resulted in the owner of the parlour having his licence revoked after it had also been revealed to him that the masseuse who had offered me the ‘happy ending’ was actually his wife... Not a great day for him! The variety of tasks that we as operatives undertake here at TSG ensures that life is never boring. It is undoubtedly difficult to achieve credibility within the surveillance industry, however the fantastic training course ran by TSG always ensures the integrity of our work.

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  • 30Sep
    IQ Level 4 in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate Award)

    Award IQ Level 4

  • 07Oct
    IQ Level 4 in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced Award)

    Advanced Award - IQ Level 4

  • 14Oct
    IQ Level 3 Professional Investigators

    IQ Level 3 Award

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“Training provided was first class. Our syndicate was instructed by two very knowledgeable guys who are definitely subject matter experts in the surveillance industry”

Frequently Asked Questions, or if you have a question of your own...

Who is the awarding body for your courses?

The awarding body is Pearson. Pearson is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and industry qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

Will I recieve a certificate for each course?

Yes, all students will receive a Level 4 BTEC Professional Award for each individual five-day course that they undertake. Upon completion of our three core Awards you will be able to claim a Level 4 BTEC Professional Certificate in Tactical Covert Surveillance with an additional cost. After completion of all five Awards you will be able to claim a Level 4 BTEC Professional Diploma in Tactical Covert Surveillance, also with an additional cost.

What is a BTEC?

BTECs are practical work-related qualifications, which provide an equivalent to GCSEs or A-Levels and are 'aimed' at employers.

Awards, Certificates & Diplomas - What's the difference?

The difference between BTEC Awards, Certificates and Diplomas lies in the number of hours training undertaken. 50 hours training is necessary to achieve an Award.

What's the difference between Level 3 & 4?

The difference between Level 3 BTEC and Level 4 BTEC is not based on the length of the training, but rather the type of knowledge and skills that students acquire. While Level 3 courses teach students the advanced technical skills required to become a proficient surveillance operative, Level 4 courses teach both advanced technical skills and broader management knowledge. Level 4 qualifications develop skills such as planning, delegation and management, and as such they equip students for future roles as surveillance team leaders or operations managers.

Do BTEC qualifications have an expiry date?

No, BTEC qualifications are valid for life because they are a measure of achievement.

Are your courses suitable for a complete beginner?

Yes, all of our courses start from the basics and gradually build more advanced skills, making them suitable even for complete novices. Sometimes students with no prior experience actually have an advantage because they arrive without any bad habits or out-dated ideas to hamper their learning.

Which course do you recommend first?

As a starting point we recommend our Level 4 BTEC Professional Award in Tactical Surveillance Procedures. This core Award is the most generalised of our courses and gives an excellent overview of covert tactical surveillance.

How many students are there per course?

The average number of students per course is around 8, giving an instructor ratio of 4:1, although we have the facilities to cater for up to 24. Importantly, regardless of how many students enrol, there is always a student : instructor ratio of 3:1 to ensure that the quality of our training is always second-to-none.

What do the fees encompass?

The course fees cover use of all training facilities, hire vehicles, kit and equipment, but do not include food or accommodation. A certification fee is also incorporated within the cost of your first course.

Do I get a discount if I book more than one course?

Yes, we offer a special discount rate to students who complete more than one award with us. After the first award we cover the certification fee of all subsequent awards.

Are you an approved provider for ELCAS?

Yes. Our provider number is 2990.

How can I pay for a course?

In order to secure a place on a course a 20% deposit is required and the remaining fees must then be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the course start date. Preferably you can pay via our secure online payment method alternatively we can accept payment by cash, card or cheque (made payable to ‘The Surveillance Group Ltd’). As an approved provider for ELCAS, we accept Enhanced Learning Credits as payment. In accordance with ELCAS guidelines, if you are using Enhanced Learning Credits, please do not attempt to pay a deposit until your claim has been authorised. Please only pay a deposit once you have received a Claim Authorisation Note and forwarded the original copy to us.

Can I pay for a course in instalments?

Yes. Once you have paid an initial 20% deposit we are happy for you to pay the remaining fees in as many instalments as you like, provided that the balance is paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the course start date.

Do you provide accommodation during courses?

No, all of our courses are non-residential. As such, it is the responsibility of the student to provide their own food and accommodation. We do, however, provide light refreshments throughout our courses and we can send you a list of hotels in the local area upon request.

Can I bring my own surveillance equipment along with me?

No, all surveillance equipment is provided.

Can I attend a course if I do not possess a driving licence?

Yes, you will still complete all of the same exercises as the other students, but you will simply be a vehicle passenger during mobile exercises as opposed to a driver.

Do students have to sit an exam at the end of their course?

TBTEC-There is no written examination at the end of our courses. However, all courses conclude with a final operation exercise, where students are practically assessed on the technical and management skills that they have been taught. IQ- Students will be required to sit two multiple choice examinations.

What is the average pass rate for your courses?

Our pass rate is almost 100%. Students are continually assessed during the course and if our instructors notice any areas of weakness they provide additional one-on-one guidance and support to ensure that the student is ‘up to scratch’ prior to the final assessment exercise.

Can I speak to past students to find out about their expriences on courses?

Yes, if you would like to speak to a past student, we will be happy to put you in contact with them after seeking their permission. You can also find testimonials from previous students here.

Do you offer employment opportunities after courses?

Yes, we recruit largely off our courses so there is a real possibility of being offered an interview for employment at the end of your course. However, we cannot guarantee a position to everyone. We simply monitor the performance of students over the duration of a course and then select some of the most suitable candidates for interview if we have opportunities available. To be eligible to gain employment for TSG you must first pass Tactical Surveillance Procedures and Tactical Foot and Mobile Surveillance. Even if you do not secure a position with The Surveillance Group, Level 4 BTEC is the highest level of training currently available within the surveillance industry and will certainly increase your wider employability. There are numerous opportunities within the private and public sector, which you can find out more about by attending one of our free Insight to Industry Open Days at our Training Centre in Worcester

Should I bring a copy of my CV along to my course?

It is not necessary to bring your CV along to your course. Should you be invited to an interview for employment following the completion of your course, you will be asked to provide a CV and covering letter at this stage.

Are there any age boundaries for employment?

No, we do not have a specified minimum or maximum age for employment. However, being an experienced driver is a pre-requisite for employment and a military background is also a desirable (although not essential) characteristic.

I have been medically discharged from the military - will I still be able to work as a surveillance operative?

To work effectively a surveillance operative must be able to walk at a very brisk pace and spend prolonged periods of time in confined spaces. Unless a medical condition restricts you in either of these areas, it should not prevent you from working in this type of role.

What other training would you recommend in order to increase my employability within the surveillance industry?

There is no other training required other than the Surveillance and Investigations package.

Where would I conduct surveillance if I secured a job with The Surveillance Group or a similar company?

Most surveillance operatives are required to work throughout the UK (and sometimes abroad). Extensive travel and time spent away from home are integral to the job. The Surveillance Group has two-person teams distributed throughout the UK and as far as possible we do endeavour to keep operatives working within their home region. Ultimately, however, operatives must be prepared to work wherever there is operational demand.

What are the typical working hours within the surveillance industry?

Typical working hours are 6.30am to 5.00pm plus substantial travelling time either side. However, the length of an operation is ultimately dictated by the movements of the surveillance subject and therefore working hours are often lengthy and unpredictable.

What are the rates of pay in the surveillance industry?

Rates of pay vary across the industry. Some companies employ surveillance operatives on a sub-contract basis, whereas other, like ourselves, offer permanent, full-time contracts. Annual salaries for full-time work can vary between £20,000 and £33,000, depending upon the company that you work for and the type of surveillance that you conduct.

Do I need a SIA licence to work in the surveillance industry?

No, surveillance and private investigation are not yet licensable activities, although it is anticipated that this may change in the future.

What makes The Surveillance Group better than other training providers?

The Surveillance Group is the only dedicated surveillance company approved to deliver Level 4 BTEC qualifications in surveillance. No one else can deliver the same combination of operational relevance PLUS employment opportunities PLUS the Level 4 strategic and management skills needed not just to START in surveillance but to SUCCEED in surveillance.

I am interested in booking a course - what is the next step?

Please contact The Surveillance Group’s Training Dept on 0800 587 0170 or Alternatively, submit an Enquiry Form. A member of the team will be able to check course availability for you and, if necessary, reserve you a provisional place. In order to formally book onto a course you will need to send a completed course booking form, a 20% deposit and, if using Enhanced Learning Credits, the original copy of your Claim Authorisation Note. You will then be sent joining instructions, pre-course reading and other documentation.