Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced)

About the qualification

Qualification Number: 610/3305/4

SFJ Awards Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced)

Operational Start Date: 1 December 2023

Total Qualification Time: 141 – 148 hours

Guided Learning: 109 – 111 hours


The SFJ Awards Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced) is part of a suite of qualifications 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 qualifications are 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 these qualifications will be relevant to the private investigation sector and to individuals with a military background carrying out resettlement training prior to civilian life.

Please see the handbook below for further information.

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What are the pre-entry requirements for the Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations (Advanced)?

To undertake this qualification, learners must be able to work at Level 3 or above and also have sufficient capabilities in the English language at this level. They will need to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to undertake practical surveillance activities.

If English is not the learner’s first language, they should hold a suitable internationally recognised qualification e.g., International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent). It is preferable but not mandatory that learners are able to drive and hold a valid driving licence, but if not, they must have the physical and medical means to be able to learn to drive in future.