Self Defence Instructor Certificate

Self Defence Instructor Certificate


An advanced course designed to turn you into a fully certified self defence and personal safety instructor. You could be running your own courses, classes, or seminars after successful completion of this course.

You will also acquire a highly advanced and specialised set of physical self defence techniques as part of your training. You will become an expert in self defence!

Very informative. The theory was very well put together and went into the right amount of depth. It has improved my knowledge of effective self defence techniques. I now have the opportunity to impart this knowledge to others. It exceeded my expectations and I definately recommend the course to others.


A professional course which leads to full membership of the UK Self Defence and Martial Arts Guild (UK SDMAG). Successful graduates also qualify for licencing and insurance through UK SDMAG, subject to the relevant checks and arrangement fees. Upon completing this course, graduates can embark upon a career teaching personal safety, security and self defence within lectures, seminars and courses.


  • Full online learning platform with downloadable content
  • Textbook and all learning materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Unlimited timeframe for completion
  • Professional Level 3 certificate awarded by UK SDMAG
  • Eligibility for UK SDMAG membership and licencing
  • Ability to run their own business, teaching self defence and personal safety

The Certificate

Professional Level 3 Self Defence Instructor Certificate

The Level 3 Self Defence Instructor Certificate is an advanced certificate, 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 15 credits (150 notional hours of learning) as a certificate. The course itself is delivered as blended learning, with some taught and online content. The physical units, however, need to be completed as taught sessions.

DEFOF Physical Units

8 full day teaching sessions at Combat HQ. These are taught over 2 blocks of 4 intense days.

Trained by some of the best military instructors in the world, this self defence instructor certificate includes:

  • Body language
  • Verbal commands
  • Conflict resolution
  • Fighting at a distance
  • Close Quarter Combat skills
  • Ground fighting
  • Psychology, fear control and NLP
  • Physiology, pressure points and biomechanics
  • Teaching a class
  • Legal
  • Health and safety

Who is this course for?

  • The course is aimed at all individuals with an interest in the subjects of personal safety, security, and self defence as instructors
  • Existing martial arts and self defence instructors, who want to gain a professional award and endorsement within the field
  • Senior managers working in, or managing staff within high risk environments
  • Anyone seeking to enhance their academic portfolio and employability

About the UK SDMAG

UK SDMAG is a not for profit company operating under charter with the purpose of providing support, quality control, training, and education to the self defence and martial arts industry in the UK. UK SDMAG also provides Enhanced DBS criminality checks and insurances to self defence and martial arts instructors and offers membership to those who are approved, vetted and checked. Once approved, instructors can apply to become licensed by UK SDMAG and operate as approved self defence instructors.

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to study at this academic level
  • Previous level 2 qualifications are required, such as: GCSE, NVQ Level 2
  • Applicants without the qualifications but with related work experience may be considered

Length of Study

The course contains 13 units spread over 8 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 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, body language and conflict resolution (demonstration) (exam)
UNIT 11 – Positive psychology (critical literature review) (reflective journal)


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


UNIT 14 – Warm-ups and cool-downs
UNIT 15 – Health and safety
UNIT 16 – Children and vulnerable adults
UNIT 17 – Teaching and coaching skills
UNIT 18 – Legal

Following successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for a licence to teach self defence from UK SDMAG, you will also be eligible for public liability insurance through the Guild, which is a prerequisite for any legitimate self defence instructor in the UK. You could be running your own successful business in teaching personal safety and self defence. Note: licensing is subject to DBS (criminality) checks.

Additional information

Course Dates

19th to 23rd April 2023