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Argus Europe are members of The Association of British Investigators
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Provider of Edexcel accredited courses

Argus Europe are...

Argus Europe are an ELCAS provider:

About Argus Europe

Argus Europe Limited was established in 1992 by Managing Director Brian Tough Q.G.M. a former Special Forces Soldier and Bodyguard to many high profile individuals including the former Director of Special Forces, General Sir Peter de la Billière, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar . Argus Europe has been providing specialist training for high-net worth clients and their families since the mid 1990’s. Argus Europe is an operational company working globally with an extensive variety of contacts. We only deliver courses where we feel we have exceptional operational experience. We have core strengths and we deliver along those lines and we operate in those areas. We have almost 40 years operational experience, and have trained many of the current training providers.

Argus Europe are an ELCAS Provider

Argus Europe specialises in Close Protection and Close Protection Training. Our qualified professionals lead training courses in a variety of specialties, including Close Protection Training, Advanced Surveillance Training and Private Investigator Training. All of our training courses are level 3 and  include all the skills you need to be an effective operative in your chosen area of the Security Industry.

A variety of courses

Students can choose from a variety of classes, including Close Protection Training Courses, Private Investigator Training, HABC Level 3 First Aid Response Courses and Advanced Surveillance Training Courses. Each of the courses is designed to provide students with an in-depth look at each type of security training so they will be fully equipped physically and mentally to handle their specialty area.

Assistance now and in the future

Argus Europe is the only Training Provider offering a post course networking group that provides almost daily employment opportunities. It is comprised of a network of professional operators who are ready to assist present and past students throughout their career. It was setup to provide assistance to students in any stage of their learning to find the answers they need to be able to perform their jobs in a professional manner.

Once you pass one of our courses access to the Argus Group is granted, opportunities posted on our group have seen many of our former students secure long term contracts conducting Close Protection and Surveillance and this can be proven!

The Argus Ethos

We know only too well that becoming qualified is one thing but that gaining on-going employment and experience is entirely another; we have been there ourselves. During our courses we cover much more than just the practical skills that are required, we cover the next step, the step beyond that and in to the distance. We also provide a network for all of our students in the Argus Group.

Those of you who are service leavers will lose a large part of your network when you leave the armed forces. You may well remain in touch with some of your better mates, there may well be an online group for your particular arm or corps but it is unlikely that they will offer you that 1:1 support that is required, especially during your first forays into the circuit.

There are other areas where you can turn to for help such as the online networking portals for the masses and these are in some cases worth a look but they are not and never will be a close knit professional network that you can turn to as you progress in your career.

The Argus Group has been in existence in various forms since 1992 and is a thriving network of professional, dedicated operators that is open to all Argus Students past and present. It offers you somewhere to turn to when you need advice, an area where you will not be laughed at for asking what the ‘keyboard warriors’ that proliferate the internet seem to think is a stupid question. if you do not know, or you are unsure, then you must be able to ask.

The Argus Group will make the time and the effort to answer your questions and in a professional and courteous manner. You will not be left to struggle. You will not be ridiculed. You will be supported. You will have a network.


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Close Protection | Level 3

Close Protection | Level 3

With close to 40 years spent operating in the fields that we now train in we feel that we are in an excellent position to provide the next generation of operatives with specialist security skills. This industry can be extremely demanding and the training has to reflect that; we are well aware that close protection training isn’t for the faint hearted! In fact students enrolling on our close protection training courses need to match brains with brawn to prosper in the classroom, during practical assessments and in the field post-study. Our course is all about reality training, mixing practical exercises with in depth planning.

Surveillance | Level 3

Surveillance | Level 3

Our Managing Director has carried out surveillance operations at the highest levels for many years for HMG and then carved out a successful career on the commercial circuit as have the assistant instructors. If you are coming from a Military or Police background you will need to adapt to be successful on the commercial circuit but the course is designed to replicate commercial realities. If you have never served in the armed forces or police then do not take this as a barrier to entry as it is not. Most of those that have served have never carried out any commercially relevant surveillance training themselves.

HABC First Aid Response | Level 3

HABC First Aid Response | Level 3

The HABC Level 3 First Aid Response is a significant step up from the First Aid at Work award that is the level that all SIA Close Protection Officers should be aiming for. HABC Level 3 First Aid Response is  not a basic qualification, it is  qualification that introduces the responder to patient care and observations. It is the qualification accepted by community response schemes and is in use by blue light responders on 999 calls.

Private Investigator | Level 3

Private Investigator | Level 3

Many people work across the various disciplines within the security industry and Private Investigation services is most definitely a growth area. With the economy still in bad shape many companies are looking at more and more ways to cut out their losses as well as increasing their profit, anything to make the bottom line better during these challenging times.

7 Questions you need to ask  before choosing a training provider!

This is your future and your money! You should be asking your training provider certain questions prior to booking your place on any course. Think long and hard about this decision, it will be one of the most important decisions that you make concerning your future.

  1. Who are the instructors, what are their backgrounds, have they operated in a hostile environments worldwide and not just the UK? Are any of the instructors from a SF background?
  2. What percentage of the training is out of the classroom (or is it unrealistic training by PowerPoint to save costs).
  3. How many training vehicles have they?  Are the vehicles fleet insured for training. If you are asked to provide your own car for the training then your insurance will probably not cover you.
  4. Have they comprehensive insurance for the training itself? Ask for proof!
  5. Do you get the HABC Level 3 First Aid Response qualification as part of the package. You NEED this in order to apply for your SIA CP Badge. You will leave the Argus Europe course with a complete portfolio of qualifications: HABC Level 3 First Aid Response, Close Protection Level 3, Advanced Surveillance Level 3 & Private Investigation Level 3.
  6. Have they genuine testimonials on their site from people who you can get in touch with to ask questions about the training. DO they have employment opportunities?
  7. Most importantly, do they offer post course support and an employment forum for all students?

If these standards are not met then you may end up in a classroom 8 – 12 hours a day writing essays watching PowerPoints and not receiving reality training purely to cut costs.

Argus Europe - Close Protection Trainers and Providers