Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations


The Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations 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 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 in Mandatory Group A the principles of types surveillance, log keeping, third party awareness, radio communication, managing dynamic changes, planning and debriefing, legal issues, the use of cameras and videos and mobile, foot and static surveillance. In Mandatory Group B learners will continue to cover further aspects of mobile, foot and static surveillance, public transport, health and safety risk assessments and development of leadership skills. Optional Group C includes a range of optional units allowing learners scope to choose those areas most relevant to them, including digital photography, video editing, open source intelligence and technical surveillance methods.



Learners can progress to employment in the as a surveillance operative. Depending upon the optional units achieved, they may be able to improve their employability in specific areas of surveillance. Learners can also progress to a variety of qualifications including in rural surveillance, private investigation, technical counter surveillance, photography and store detection.

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Total Qualification Time

48 hours

Guided Learning

40 hours