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Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate)

The Level 4 Award in Covert Surveillance Operations (Intermediate) 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 introduces learners to the essentials of covert surveillance and provides them with a progression route to the larger Advanced Award or Certificate sized surveillance sector qualifications, which expand further on the knowledge and skills covered in this qualification and additional aspects of covert surveillance.

This 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 the mandatory topics including the principles of types of surveillance, log keeping, third party awareness, radio communication, managing dynamic changes, planning and debriefing, legal issues and organising foot and mobile surveillance.