Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate)


SFJ Awards Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate) The Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate) is a qualification designed to develop and provide formal recognition of learners’ knowledge, understanding and competence of surveillance techniques. Surveillance is the monitoring of the behaviour, activities or other changing information, usually of people for the purpose of intelligence gathering as part of an investigation into unlawful or illegal activity, or for enforcement activities. The qualification introduces learners to the essentials of covert surveillance and provides them with a progression route to the larger Advanced Award or Certificate sized surveillance sector qualifications, which expand further on the knowledge and skills covered in this qualification and additional aspects of covert surveillance.


This qualification is aimed at those who wish to gain a recognised qualification, whether they are new to the investigative or enforcement sectors or they have a professional background in a related field and intend to engage in continuing professional development. The skills developed in the qualification will be relevant to the private investigation sector and to individuals with a military background carrying out resettlement training prior to civilian life.


All learners will cover the mandatory topics including the principles of types of surveillance, log keeping, third party awareness, radio communication, managing dynamic changes, planning and debriefing, legal issues and organising foot and mobile surveillance.


Learners can progress to the Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced) or the Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations. These similarly named qualifications form a suite and learners can use units already achieved towards the relevant progression qualification. Learners will be able to progress in their career as a surveillance operative or can choose to take a variety of related qualifications including in rural surveillance, private investigation, technical counter surveillance, photography and store detection.

Learners progress to the Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced) or the Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations, they must register within 6-12 months of certification if they intend to use units already taken in this qualification (via the process of RPL). This suite of qualifications has been designed to offer a path of progression and a longer period of time between them would pose the risk of skills lapsing. If 12 months have elapsed since certification, then learners will be required to take all the necessary units again as required to meet the rules of combination. During this period of time learners must also have been actively engaged in the surveillance industry.


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