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5 Day Basic Surveillance Course (OFQUAL SFJ Level 4 Intermediate Award)

5 Day Basic Surveillance Course (OFQUAL SFJ Level 4 Intermediate Award)


  • Duration:5 Days
  • Qualification:SFJ Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate)
  • Other Details:Costs: £995.00 + VAT = £1194.00 (£250.00 deposit required). On site accommodation is available for a nominal fee.

Key Skills Learnt

  • Planning
  • Covert Communications
  • Foot & Mobile Surveillance
  • Anti Surveillance
  • Covert Vehicle Tracking
  • Evidence Gathering & Associated Legislation

Suitable for…

  • This basic course is suitable for those entering the industry or those who are already operating as an investigator or Enforcement Officer.
  • Close Protection Officers also attend this popular course.

About Our Basic Course

This course is open to anyone who wishes to learn basic surveillance skills and obtain a Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate). We have taught those with absolutely no experience and also those who have been in the industry for some time.

ISS Training has developed this training course and has been accredited as a Level 4 Intermediate Award and has been accredited under the OFQUAL Regulated Qualifications Framework. ISS Training Ltd are well respected within the industry as surveillance training providers and our certificates can prove to a potential employer that you have received a highly regarded standard of structured surveillance 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 and by vehicle. These skills are then put into practise by carrying out supervised 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. Our course vehicles are rented from a reputable supplier to ensure that they are safe, reliable and roadworthy at all times.

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

The Course Includes

  • Planning
  • Personal Dress & Awareness
  • Covert Communications
  • Foot Surveillance
  • Surveillance Triggers
  • Mobile Surveillance
  • Surveillance Briefings & Debriefings
  • Anti Surveillance
  • Combined Foot & Mobile Surveillance
  • Evidence Gathering & Law
  • The Surveillance Codes of Practice & RIPA 2000
  • Vehicle & Asset Tracking


Assessment is carried out by the completion of a student workbook rather than a written exam together with practical assignments and exercises. This digital workbook is provided on day one of the course and assessed on completion of the training period. 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 Award if you do not achieve the required standard.

Course Costs & Funding

ELCASThis one week course is held in Yorkshire and includes the provision of all equipment including vehicles, fuel, covert radios and cameras.

If you are from the MOD.ELCAS funding is vailable 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. This is provided on a first come first served basis and availability will be confirmed at the time of booking. Accommodation is not provided in Northern Ireland.

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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