Level 3 Award for Covert Foot & Mobile Surveillance

Combined with the Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators

About this Qualification

This course has been specifically developed and structured for the beginner to intermediate student.  It should be taken before attempting the advanced Level 4 course.

By combining the surveillance training with the Professional Investigator Level 3 award, the student receives excellent value for money and will be legally compliant (subject to license approval upon application) for the forthcoming SIA Professional Investigators License.

Surveillance Level 3 will provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of foot and mobile surveillance procedures and the legalities of working as a surveillance operative in the United Kingdom. The student will gain a solid foundation on the subject before progressing onto advanced techniques.

ESS Consulting are operational within covert investigation and protective security. We are the only training provider to uniquely offer continued professional development with frequent opportunities for the Level 3 and 4 students to accompany our elite team of operatives on live operations. This, above any other training course offered by any provider, will prepare the student for the reality of working in the industry.

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Covert foot and mobile surveillance techniques
  • Planning and preparation
  • Introduction to open source intelligence gathering
  • Reconnaissance
  • Introduction to technical surveillance
  • Briefing and debriefing
  • Law and legislation
  • Methods of evidence gathering and continuity of evidence
  • Written statements and log writing


Assessment is through a workbook completed whilst on the course and a portfolio based on a covert surveillance operation.


10 days consisting of: 6 days classroom and practical assignments, 3 days distance learning reading and 1 day live observation on assignment subject to signing a non-disclosure agreement.

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