Covert Operations

Continual Professional Development For Security Professionals. Security CPD Global Is One Of The UK’s Leading Security Specific CPD Providers.

Our instructors are both operational and members of various associations who maintain their knowledge through both CPD and managing covert operations. Our Accreditation team has written a wide variety of specialist courses that have been listed on the RQF and as CPD training for a number of covert operators from Tier 1, 2 & 3 entities. If you need to update your Close Protection or Investigators Covert operations knowledge then Security CPD Global is here to help, contact using the form below 

Covert Operations

Covert Operations can be deployed for a multitude of reasons and purposes, but they should all have one common denominator, they are being conducted Lawfully.

Some operations will require a RIPA and others will not because they are not government funded or sanctioned and do not fall within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which is aimed at public entities such as councils, Government Authorities, and the Police/Security Services.

There is a common factor that joins the covert operations communities together and that is Preventing or Detecting Crime, Protecting National Security and Protection Health, Safety and Welfare of individuals.

This sector is not overseen by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and you do not currently require an SIA Badge to become a Surveillance Operator, however, if you are operating as a Close Protection Officer then you will require the CP-SIA Badge.

Covert Operations can be broken down into prime sectors which are as follow:

  • Security Intelligence Services (MI5, GCHQ)
  • Civil Police (Anti-Terrorist, Serious Organised Crime, Transport Police, NCA)
  • Local Government Departments (Councils, SIA, DfT, CAA, DWP)
  • Civil Investigators (Private Investigators, Media Investigators or Accident Investigators, CP)
  • Military Operators (Special Forces and Recce Platoons, MI6, MAA)
  • Commercial Entities (Fraud Investigators, Penetration Testers,)

The above is not an exhaustive list, but an indication of the variety of the types of Covert Operations conducted lawfully within the UK and abroad.

Types of Careers within Covert Operations:

  • Surveillance
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Technical Security Counter Measures (TSCM)
  • Physical Penetration Testing
  • Cyber Penetration Testing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Civil Investigations
  • Military Operations

 Training Required:

As a sweeping generalised statement, those engaged in Covert Operations have normally learnt their trade craft within the Police or the Military and have continued to practice their trade in civilian life, however, more civilian operators have now begun to take up specialised courses run by private training companies, who’s instructors are former Police, Army, and Intelligence Service professionals.

Some of the essentials for Covert Operations are as follows:

  • Surveillance Course
  • Camera Proficiency
  • Human Behaviour Analytics
  • Social Engineering
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Investigation Skills
  • Law & Legislation
  • Technical Equipment Specialisms (Audio & Video)
  • Covert Method of Entry (CME)
  • Driving Skills (Defensive and Covert Follow)
  • Hide Building
  • Camouflage & Concealment (Urban & Rural)
  • Legend Building (Creating a False Identity)

The lawful use of Covert Operations PDF


These types of courses are not open to everyone and you will be required to have the following checks on you before a specialist training provider will take you on as a learner.

Although there are providers that will sell you anything, I would be careful here as they will probably only be giving you what you could learn in a book.

Below are some of the questions you may be asked by a legitimate provider.

  • Age: You will need to be over 18 years
  • Clean Criminal Records Check or have a Sponsor.
  • Invitation from your Employer (Gov, Police, Council)
  • For some course, you will need a relevant background in other subjects

operational equipment

During CPD meetings we often complete little challenges which can be either problem-solving or development orientated, so in November the challenge was to create a useable covert object from, off the shelf kit dumped on the table (Screwdriver, Electrical Tape, a Costa cup, and a purchased mini camera) 15 mins of time, not perfect but it certainly allowed us to film covertly without bringing attention to ourselves, the imagery from this Cheap & Cheerful exercise wasn’t fantastic at night but it was clearly enough for our purposes – CPD can be cutting edge skills and Knowledge and should be something that becomes apart of your yearly things to do list. Be innovative and Inspirational but never just standard   


Standard Covert Camera rapid deployment for Urban or Rural scenarios with encrypted mobile viewing instantly upon deployment

Covert Hydrogen-powered enforcement cameras for fly-tipping enforcement in rural or urban areas  


Covert Operations Coffee Cup and Back Packs and even Vape devices 

Our backpack is ideal for Test Purchasing and other licencing operations 

Multi-network, superior coverage

KeySIM gets signals in more places than normal SIM cards by connecting to all four UK networks. Ideal for the covert Operator
International business travelers can connect to 406 networks globally.


KeySIM can be used with any 3G, 4G & 5G compatible hardware like android tablets and ipads so if you already own hardware you can use our PAYG SIM-only service.
We also offer hardware pre-programmed and tested with KeySIM’s.
The table below briefly describes some of the hardware we supply – click the model link for detailed information. KeySIM are trusted by a range of commercial organisations from sole traders to large businesses and government agencies to deliver secure and reliable connectivity. For our Covert Operators contact the Covert Group for your Sim 

THE COVERT GROUP TARGETED SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT Designed and manufactured completely in-house here in the United Kingdom. Specialising in real world surveillance products, eliminating commonly known issues and performance.

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Are you a Covert Operations Training Provider or Specialist Company that would like to Join Security CPD Global and become a course provider?

Contact Security CPD Global Ltd on 01572 729 505, contact us online or email 


(Information derived from the internet), You are responsible for researching any information found in this document and Security CPD Global Ltd takes no responsibility for any actions you take regarding this leaflet. Always seek professional advice from the MCA or Official sources.

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