NFPS Level 3 Diploma in The Prevention & Management of Violence and Aggression

As many of you will know we have been back and forth with the Awarding Bodies with regard to the issue of getting a Diploma certificate.

Well after much back and forth we have decided to issue our own Diploma Award. It is called the ‘NFPS Level 3 Diploma in the ‘Prevention & Management of Violence and Aggression’ and, as it is a cumulative Award, it has the same status that an Awarding Body Diploma would have had.

This is because the Diploma is recognition of your prior learning in terms of the Awards you have achieved and the courses that you have taken (including our online ones) and the events and seminars that you have attended during your time with us.

Most importantly for me I have had these words written on it: “……it reflects the core values of the holder, which are: Integrity, Honesty, Trust, Loyalty, Commitment and Fellowship”. That to me is very important and I chose those words to reflect the true values that we and so many of you adhere to.

There is also no price for this Diploma. It can’t be bought. It will only be awarded to individuals who have met the required criteria, but (and here’s the safeguard in the process) it will still only be awarded at our discretion.

This means that you cannot get it simply by achieving the required learning hours and the required Awards. It’s not a ‘tick in the box’ award. To achieve it you have to reflect the core values that we continually strive to promote. In essence, you have to be a fit and proper and competent person whom we regard as being of the highest standard. This is a safeguard the Awarding organisations couldn’t put in.

So what’s the criteria for becoming eligible for the Diploma?

To achieve the ‘NFPS Level 3 Diploma in the ‘Prevention & Management of Violence and Aggression’ you need to have a total of 310 hours of combined study.

This is made up of 174 hours of Core Awards (you must hold these Awards), with the remaining 136 hours taken from a combination of any of the ‘Optional Awards' + any hours undertaken for Refresher Training over the past five years + any other NFPS Related Courses that you would like taken into consideration.

The Core Awards are:

# BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Physical Restraint Instruction

# BTEC Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training (Qcf)

# BTEC Level 3 in Education and Training (or Awarding Organisation equivalent, PTLLS, CTLLS, etc.)

# BTEC Level 3 Award in Risk Management and Assessment (Online Risk Assessment Course)

# BTEC Level 3 Award in the Safe & Effective Use Delivery of Restraint Equipment (Handcuff Instructor Award) - 10 Hours

Total Core Award Hours: 218 Hours

The Optional Awards and Event Attendance Options are:

# BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Self Defence Instruction - 30 Hours

# BTEC Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry (Qcf) - 35 Hours

# BTEC Level 3 Award in the Safe & Effective Use of the Emergency Response Belt - 10 Hours

# BTEC Level 3 Award in Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practice (or BTEC equivalent) - 80 Hours

# Annual NFPS Use of Force Seminar 2014 - 10 Hours

# Annual NFPS Use of Force Seminar 2015 - 10 Hours

# Annual NFPS Use of Force Seminar 2016 - 10 Hours

# BTEC Level 3 Award in Coaching & Instruction Physical Restraint - 40 Hours

# BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Physical Restraint Practice - 40 Hours

Refresher Training:

# 2015 Refresher Training - 1 Day = 10 Hours, 2 Days = 20 Hours, 3 Days = 30 Hours

# 2014 Refresher Training - 1 Day = 10 Hours, 2 Days = 20 Hours, 3 Days = 30 Hours

# 2013 Refresher Training - 1 Day = 10 Hours, 2 Days = 20 Hours, 3 Days = 30 Hours

# 2012 Refresher Training - 1 Day = 10 Hours, 2 Days = 20 Hours, 3 Days = 30 Hours

# 2011 Refresher Training - 1 Day = 10 Hours, 2 Days = 20 Hours, 3 Days = 30 Hours

Please note that a minimum of three years continual attendance of Annual Refresher Training backdated from this year is also a mandatory requirement to qualify for the Diploma (mitigating circumstances may apply).

To check what hours you have towards the Diploma download the 'Diploma Award Hours Factsheet' by clicking here >>>: Diploma Award Hours Factsheet.

What This Means

What this means is that if you have been training with us for some time, all of the Awarding Body qualifications that you have taken with us will count towards your Diploma Award. 

If you haven't trained with us as yet, but you are thinking of training with us, then this is something you should consider. You see, many people take many different Awards and these Awards stand-alone and do not necessarily add value to one another in a cumulative way.

What this Diploma offers you now is the ability to collectively nest all of your Awarding Body Level 3 Awards together to move you towards an achieveable Diploma Award - the ‘NFPS Level 3 Diploma in the ‘Prevention & Management of Violence and Aggression’

Questions, Answers and the Process

To help you understand the process further I have listed some of the questions that we have recently been asked which I thought I'd share the with you along with our answers to them:

Question: How much does it cost?

Answer: It's Free once you have completed the combined hours of study from the relevant Awards through NFPS Ltd.

Question: What if I didn't take any of my Awards with NFPS Ltd?

Answer: Then, unfortunately you would not be eligible for the Diploma. We are quite happy to take into consideration any hours taken for the study of the Qcf Qualifications listed, such as: The Level 3 Education & Learning Award (or PTLLS Level 3 equivalent), the Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training and the Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry. However, the point is that this is a NFPS Diploma that can only be awarded to people we have trained and got to know as part of the 'NFPS family', who promote the core values required by a NFPS trained trainer. Therefore, awarding the Diploma to people we don't know, purely on the basis that they have the necessary hours learning or equivalent qualifications, would contradict the very purpose of why the Diploma exists.

Question: Does my CP (Close Protection) Qualification Count Towards the Diploma.

Answer: The short answer is no. This is because there is a fundamental difference between Close Protection and the Prevention of Management of Violence & Aggression when we have to consider the types of environments in which each skill is relevant. However, if you achieved a Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training the hours for that Award can be put towards the Diploma.

Question: In addition to the Level 3 Education and Training Award I have The Level 3 Certificate and / or the Level 3 Diploma. This gives me between 140 - 204 hours for the certificate and 360 hours for the Education and Training Diploma. Can these hours be used towards the Diploma?

Answer: The hours for the Level 3 Education & Training Award go towards the Diploma, but the guided learning hours in the certificate and the Education and Training Diploma do not. The reason is that if we allowed that we would be issuing a Diploma geared towards the 'Prevention & Management of Violence and Aggression’ too heavily biased against one Award only and the basis for the 
NFPS Level 3 Diploma in the ‘Prevention & Management of Violence and Aggression’ is that it recognises a wide range of instructional skill in differing areas that cumulatively go towards the prevention and management of violence and aggression.

Question: I have a number of Awards with NFPS Ltd but I haven't been back on a refresher course for over two years now.

Answer: Until you have attended three years consistent unbroken refresher training you will not be eligible for the Diploma.

I hope that answers your questions but if you have any others please do feel free to email me directly at: markdawes@nfps.info.

Best Regards

Mark Dawes