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Two Week Advanced Surveillance Course (OFQUAL SFJ Level 4 Certificate)

Two Week Advanced Surveillance Course (OFQUAL SFJ Level 4 Certificate)


  • Duration:Two Weeks
  • Qualification:SFJ Level 4 Certificate in Managing Surveillance Operations (OFQUAL)
  • Other Details:Costs: £1995.00 + VAT = £2394.00 (450.00 deposit required). On site accommodation is available at a nominal fee.

Key Skills Learnt

  • Advanced Surveillance
  • Covert Photography
  • Covert Skills
  • Leadership Skills

Suitable for…

  • This course is suitable for those who want more than just a basic level of instruction. Ideal for those entering the surveillance & investigative industry or those conducting fraud investigations.
  • Close Protection Officers also attend this course.

About Our Two Week OFQUAL Advanced Surveillance Course

This demanding course over two weeks is designed for those who will be carrying out surveillance on a regular basis as a member of a surveillance team investigating corporate issues and insurance fraud. The training includes all subjects taught in the Basic course but extends to cover more advanced techniques and procedures and you will be required to show your leadership potential.

It is aimed at those who wish to learn basic and advanced surveillance skills in foot & mobile surveillance and to progress to becoming a team leader. You do not have to complete the Basic Course prior to attending the Level 4 Course.

ISS Training has developed this training course with Industry Qualifications (Now SFJ Awards) and has been accredited under OFQUAL’s National Qualification Framework with a Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations. ISS Training Ltd are well respected within the industry as professional surveillance training providers and our certificates can prove to a potential employer that you have received a highly regarded standard of training.

This course is also open to members of the Armed Forces carrying out resettlement training.

Course Syllabus

Skills are taught which are necessary for gathering evidence by covert means and to become a proficient surveillance operator. We teach how to carry out surveillance on foot, by vehicle, public transport, by static point and at night. These skills are then put into practise by carrying out supervised mobile surveillance exercises out on the ground every day of the course. The training is further enhanced with lessons in relation to covert photography and vehicle tracking.

This course includes mobile training exercises that are realistic, structured and controlled to gain the most benefit for the student. All equipment such as vehicles, covert radios, and cameras are supplied throughout.

We normally limit this course to a maximum of eight students.

The Course Includes

  • Planning, Briefing & Debriefing
  • Night Surveillance
  • Public Transport Surveillance
  • Covert Video & Photography
  • Satellite Vehicle Tracking
  • Static Surveillance
  • Anti & Counter Surveillance
  • Advanced Procedures
  • Evidence Gathering & Law
  • Navigation
  • Advanced Foot & Mobile Surveillance
  • Legal Issues & the Continuity of Evidence
  • Risk Assessments & Health and Safety
  • The Surveillance Codes of Practice & RIPA 2000

IQ Assessments

All students are registered as candidates with SFJ Awards and strict assessment is carried out by the completion of a student workbook together with a portfolio. This workbook is provided on day one of the course and assessed on completion of the training period. This assessment requires full written answers to the questions and theory exercises, it is not a multiple choice questionnaire and is required to demonstrate your knowledge to pass the Certificate. You will be expected to complete the workbook in your own time in the evenings.

You are also assessed during practical surveillance exercises and this is a pass or fail assessment. You are not guaranteed a pass of the Level 4 Certificate if you do not achieve the required practical standard.

Course Costs & Funding

ELCASThis two week course is held in Skipton, Yorkshire and includes the provision of all equipment including vehicles, fuel, covert radios and cameras. Refreshments are also provided.

If you are from the MOD, ELCAS funding is available for this course.


Accommodation is not included in the course fees but on-site, self-catering, twin-share accommodation is available at a nominal rate of £10.00 per night on this course. This is provided on a first come first served basis and availability will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Important Requirements

We expect particular personal qualities of those that attend our courses, these will contribute into you in becoming an effective surveillance operator. To enrol on an ISS surveillance training course, you MUST:

  • Have proof if identification (passport & driving licence).
  • Have a minimum of 12 months driving experience with a full licence.
  • Be able to converse fully in the English language.

It is also desirable that you are

  • A confident driver
  • Mentally agile and able to multi task
  • Quick thinking & quick to react
  • Have good eyesight and good hearing
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness
  • Are proficient at using equipment
  • Are able to work on your initiative and as a team member
  • Are able to concentrate under pressure.

We are the professionals choice and we have a credible history operating at high levels.

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Course Dates

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