Do you have a passion to protect life and properties? Do you get thrilled each time you see a bodyguard in action? Are you interested in becoming a celebrity bodyguard? Do you want to know what it takes to become an armed bodyguard? Then read on as I explain the exact process on how to become a bodyguard or executive protection personnel.
A bodyguard (also called a close protection officer, security officer, or personal security) is a trained professional whose duty is to accompany and protect a high profile individual such as a celebrity, corporate executive, a political office holder, and a professional sportsman.
Being a bodyguard is more professional and tactical than what we see in movies. The job entails much more than having huge muscles and merely following your client closely. In this post, we will be looking at what the job of a bodyguard entails, and how you can become a professional bodyguard. So without wasting your time, below are the requirements that you must have before deeming yourself fit to work as a bodyguard.
How to Become a Bodyguard
1. You must have detailed knowledge of the profession
Before proceeding any further, you must ensure that the field of protection is suitable for you. Keep in mind that you will have very little time for yourself, family, and other commitments, as you will be in company of your client most of the time. Also, keep in mind that working as a bodyguard entails lots of traveling and engaging in other endeavors for your client. Finally, remember that bodyguarding is a very risky profession. (I’m sure you understand what I mean.)
2. You must be of sound health
Becoming a professional bodyguard requires you to have a good health and smart shape. You should rarely have problems with your health and your senses of vision, hearing, and smell must be perfect. In addition, you must be psychologically sound. This is because you need to have a good sense of judgment and ability to make very quick decisions, especially in crises.
3. You must be well trained in defensive tactics
You must undergo an extensive physical and aptitude training in defensive tactics. This includes how to handle weapons, how to give first aid, and defensive driving. If you have had some military training or experience, these would have already become part of you. This is because armed forces and the police offer protection training to officers, as they are used as bodyguards to senior officers or other dignitaries.
However, if you have never had any military experience, you can contact your local police station for more enquiries on how to learn defensive tactics. Better yet, you can sign up for an online training course such as Bodyguard Training International.
4. You must possess other security based skills
Even if you have had some military experience or have undergone training elsewhere, remember that you won’t need your defensive skills most of the time. Other skills you must have (and that you need more often) include effective communication and good human relation skills. You should be able to communicate effectively with your clients both verbally and by way of gesture. You should also have solid writing skills. Good human relation skills are also important because most guests would get to meet you first before gaining access to your client, and how you respond to guests can make or mar your client’s reputation.
5. You must be licensed to be a bodyguard
The requirements for bodyguard licensing vary depending on your state or country’s laws. Before applying for a license, find out about the requirements and ensure that you have met them. In some countries, you must have had some military experience or professional training at a reputable agency before you will be issued a bodyguard license. However, in many other countries, no such requirements are required.
How to Become a Bodyguard
6. You must be Intelligent
Most of the time, your client will expect you to act without supervision. So, your ability to handle assignments independently is very important. This, of course, requires you to be very intelligent. In addition, you must be able to draw helpful conclusions and hints from both related and unrelated events. This will help you act in the right way and at the right time. Again, a high level of intelligence is required for this because misjudgment or wrong observation of situations usually lead to terrible consequences.
7. Trustworthiness and integrity
These two qualities are also very important because keeping information about your client confidential is necessary. This is because discussing your client’s lifestyle and practices may lead to personal damage and may put your client’s life at risk. This will also affect your reputation negatively. So, you must be very good at concealing secrets and trustworthy enough to conceal vital secrets even when tempted to divulge them.
Now, what’s next? After ensuring that you have all the requirements discussed above, you may need to contact any protection specialist or search the internet for contact information of reputable, successful, and legitimate protection agencies around you. Having done this, contact the agencies with your credentials and apply for job as a bodyguard. Securing a job this way (through an agency) is easier than pitching your application on your own.
However, if there is no protection agency around you, search the internet or check your local newspaper for bodyguard job vacancies. Then pitch your application as directed.