Professional CQC Certificate

Professional CQC Certificate


A highly advanced and fast paced course designed specifically for professionals within the security industry.

Criminology, psychology and terrorism are amongst the many subjects covered on the course, together with one of the most robust and advanced physical training units available outside the military. You will finish this course with a serious set of skills!

Brilliant experience. I learnt so much. All the instructors are very friendly and helpful. I’m more confident in my abilities after learning the DEFOF system. I would most definitely recommend this service.


An exciting and fast pace course designed to give an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the application of Close Quarter Combat, advanced control and restraint, and conflict resolution. The course is aimed at those working within the security forces, including police, private security, military and workers within hostile and high-risk environments. Proof of sector is required.


  • Full online-learning platform with downloadable content, lectures, webinars and podcasts
  • Tutorial videos
  • All learning materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Unlimited time frame for completion
  • Professional Level 3 Certificate awarded by UK SDMAG
  • 1-year UK SDMAG Associate Membership

The Certificate

Professional Level 3 CQC Certificate

The Level 3 Professional CQC Certificate is an advanced certificate, which is mapped at level three against common UK SDMAG level descriptors, with level 3 denoting the complexity of the course and its size being set at 13 credits (130 notional hours of learning) as a certificate. The course itself can be delivered either as blended learning, with some taught and online content, or solely online. The physical unit, however, needs to be completed as a taught session.

DEFOF Physical Award

A full day CQC teaching session at Combat HQ – fully included within the course at no extra cost and to be arranged at any time within 12 months of booking the course. Additional intermediate and advanced full day courses can also be arranged as subsequent sessions. Each full day costs £150.

Length of Study

The course contains 20 units spread over 6 modules. It is anticipated that around 130 learning hours is required to complete the course.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through blended learning with lectures, seminars and workshops. A full online learning version is also available with tutor 18 support, webinars and recorded lectures.

Outline of Course Content


UNIT 1 – Concepts and strategies
UNIT 2 – Types of threat and criminal intent


UNIT 3 – Concepts in personal security (critical literature review) (research project)
UNIT 4 – Security hardware (multiple choice exam)
UNIT 5 – Cyber security (discussion forum) (multiple choice exam)


UNIT 6 – Concepts and strategies (presentation)
UNIT 7 – Tactics and physical self defence (demonstration) (report)
UNIT 8 – Types of attack and criminal method (case history report)


UNIT 9 – Broad-based psychology (exam) (critical literature review)
UNIT 10 – Verbal commands and body language (demonstration) (exam)


UNIT 12 – Human anatomy (exam)
UNIT 13 – Vital points (exam) (demonstration)


UNIT 18 – Concepts and strategies (critical literature review) (case history review)
UNIT 19 – Threat awareness and assessment (live action operation)
UNIT 20 – The Law (case history report) (exam)

Following successful completion of this course, your CV will be enhanced and you will be considered to be a highly trained individual. You will also receive a commendation from Major (Retired) Huw Roberts, who was the Chief Instructor for the Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit. After working with some of the best ex-military CQC instructors in the world, you will feel proud to have completed one of the toughest courses available outside the armed forces.

Additional information

Course Date

22nd-23rd April 2023 10:00 – 15:00