Advanced Covert Surveillance Course (MACS)

Pre-Course Requisites: RoSPA Gold/ Silver

Bespoke versions of this course together with Protective Surveillance have been delivered to permanently employed teams of private clients. The courses are available to foreign governments. It is seldom open to the individual due to the cost and duration. Contact us if you are a group with a minimum number of 8.

Full 8-week Mobius Advanced Covert Surveillance

8 weeks / £8750 (+vat)

The 8-week Mobius Advanced Covert Surveillance Course encompasses every element of conventional covert surveillance including; Solo Foot; Team Foot; Mobile Navigation; Tactical Driving; Covert Imagery & Technical Surveillance; Anti & Counter Surveillance and CROP’s.  Allowing, for the first time, the commercially trained SV operator to:

  • Successfully execute covert foot follows both individually and as part of a team
  • Adapt to, function and perform within fast paced and rapidly changing situations
  • Covertly gather intelligence/ information during an operational deployment
  • React well under stress as a capable individual and reliable team member, during all kinds of dynamic operational scenarios


The 8-week Mobius Advanced Covert Surveillance Course has the following breakdown with each phase also delivered as individual 5-day courses.  Those who successfully complete each individual 5-day course will earn the Mobius Certification for that course.  Those who complete all 5-day courses and the Field Training Exercise (FTX) will be awarded the Mobius Advanced Covert Surveillance Operator Certification.

Solo & Team Foot

2 weeks / £2100 (+vat)


Solo Foot

In phase one you will learn about the principles that govern surveillance, those which can be taught and those which are innate.  This is the time when you will develop your individual tradecraft, testing and honing your skills as a surveillance operative, in the event that you are the ‘last man standing’ in a live operation.  You will understand what it means to act independently, be actively aware and to make detailed, individual accounts of target activity.

You will be expected to become comfortable operating in a range of environments and to successfully navigate a wealth of scenarios.  It is only through exposure to and repeat practice with experienced operators, that you will develop your own skill set on the ground, evolving into a consistently able and adaptable operator.  There is no other course anywhere in the private sector, which will repeatedly challenge your basic skills in this way.  As in Government surveillance training the course is aimed, and the final exercise designed, to produce operatives who can manage on their own and act autonomously when the stakes are high and the team is nowhere to be found.

Team Foot
The second phase is about becoming part of a slick team, understanding the difference between being a solo operator, and one who effortlessly segues into an adaptive and supportive member of a multi faceted, highly functioning unit.  This phase will see new skills added and new challenges introduced.  You will be expected to know how to manage when communications break down, so that these tools are never relied upon but instead are understood to be simply an aid to the operator.

You will learn to work together, debrief together, support and critique your own skills and those of your teammates.  At the end of the phase you will work as a team to carry out a final exercise, which will test your effectiveness as a group.  Again it is a steep learning curve, with strict expectations regarding voice procedure, communication, memory recall, report writing, use of technical equipment and most importantly effective teamwork!

Mobile Navigation & Tactical Driving

2 weeks / £2400 (+vat)


Mobile Navigation

Phase three is where the pace really begins to pick up.  Having gained some understanding of map reading, and mastered voice procedure and commentary on foot, you are now expected to transfer these skills into vehicular scenarios.  The phase begins with a detailed explanation of how map reading is conducted in Government/ UKSF surveillance units, before we take to the streets in cars.  You will be expected to navigate at speed and under pressure, to deliver accurate map fixes, including plotting of multiple positions on a range of maps and to give consistent, clear, relevant commentary to your team.

You will learn the difference between solo and ‘two man’ vehicular surveillance, and how to operate effectively so that the team is kept together and in contention with a moving target.  There will be nighttime map reading exercises so that you understand and appreciate the operational advantages/ drawbacks, and also to give a feel of what it is like to work in a high stakes environment when under different kinds of pressure. Again a final exercise will determine those who are cut out for this kind of work from those who are not.  By the end of the phase you will understand the Police principles of plotting up, how a motorbike can make the difference between successful/ unsuccessful deployments, and you will understand/ recognise tactical driving skills.

Tactical Driving
Phase four is the period where it all comes together.  Having been exposed to and experienced the basics of tactical driving, you are now expected to develop as a safe, progressive and adaptive driver.  Throughout full days and evenings of urban and rural advanced driving, you will demonstrate that you understand proportionality in progressive driving, thus are able to step it up or down as and when circumstances dictate.  By the end of the phase you will be acting with your teammates as a complete unit, conducting surveillance as though on a live operation.  The final exercises will see you crewed/ working with cohorts and instructors alike, reacting and adapting to intelligence and dynamic situations as they unfold.

By the end of the course, you will know yourself whether this is a job you can and want to do.  And Mobius instructors will know whether you are cut out for it.

Covert Imagery & Technical Surveillance

1 week / £1200 (+vat)

Unlike law enforcement environments, where an operator is classed as a ‘professional witness’ meaning their word constitutes gathered evidence/ intelligence, in the private sector “if it isn’t captured, it didn’t happen.”

Mobius understands the emphasis/ value placed on the capture of imagery and sound recording by private clients.  You may be the best surveillance operative in the world, however, in the private sector, if the quality of the imagery you produce is poor, you will be branded the worst.

The Mobius Covert Imagery Phase will equip you with every skill you need in order to be the best. Training staff will guide candidates through imagery expectations before teaching the operational use of a range of covert and overt cameras. The course covers the following areas:

  • ISO or Sensitivity
  • Shutter Speed
  • Exposure and Aperture
  • Depth of Field
  • Focus and Auto Focus
  • Shooting from Vehicles
  • Shooting from Observation Posts
  • Shooting at Night
  • Imaging and the Court
  • Stated Cases and Guidelines
  • Exif & Date/ Time Stamps

Detailed information of the Technical phase is restricted to course but covers the following tactics and techniques for the;

  • Deployment of Technical Triggers
  • Deployment of Covert Video Devices
  • Deployment of Covert Audio Devices
  • Deployment of Covert Tracking Devices


Once the elementary skills of foot and mobile surveillance have been taught and practised, then put together to complete the circle and practised as ‘Mobile Foot Mobile’; you will have mastered the basics of becoming a Surveillance Operator.  You now need to increase your knowledge and further your skills.

To be an all-round employable Surveillance Operator you will have to move on from the basic level that you have achieved and practised; and take the next step to complement your status as an all-embracing Surveillance Operator, by learning additional advanced surveillance techniques.

Anti & Counter Surveillance

1 week / £1400 (+vat)

From now onwards you are expected to think as a fully formed covert operative. Having learned and developed the basic skills required to be a competent all-round surveillance operator, you will have also gained some understanding of what surveillance looks like on the street. This part of the course is concerned with strengthening and honing your ability to detect and confirm surveillance in the event that you or your client are subject to it.

Part 1 Anti-Surveillance

Anti Surveillance is an individual skill, one that any decent surveillance operator must be able to draw upon to determine whether or not they are ‘clean.’ During the first part of this intensive phase you will be required to devise and present your own AS routes, to help you to identify whether or not you are under surveillance. The emphasis is again on autonomy and your skills as a solo operative.

Part 2 Counter-Surveillance

The second part of the course is concerned with Counter-Surveillance (CS). This is a team skill and considerably more involved. During this segment you will again be working as a team to identify, plan and execute CS routes to identify surveillance and ‘take on’ the team/ individual which has been deployed against you.


2 weeks / £2500 (+vat)

Enabling the operator to observe subjects once they have been ‘housed’ in either Urban or Rural environments.  In order to achieve this, you will need to have the knowledge and skills to be able to set up an Observation Post (OP) in both types of environment.

To a certain degree both types of OP’s (urban & rural) have the same principles and disciplines, however, due to the risk of compromise and the demands of Mother Nature the rural OP is more challenging to insert.  Consequently, once you have understood the principles and disciplines of the rural OP the urban OP will follow with ease.

Why do we need these OP’s? The importance of a good trigger can be vital; an OP can give the team this edge.  Knowing what goes on once the subject has been housed can give your client vital intelligence.  It will also help you as a surveillance team; if for example, you are carrying out a ‘Pattern of Life’ study. Without doubt a well-concealed OP can give you and your team information and intelligence that could otherwise only be gained by technical means.

Part 1 Covert Rural Observation Post (CROP)

During the first part of the CROP course students will be taught the same advanced skills and methods that the UKSF/ Police /Security Services CROP’s Teams use to enable them to infiltrate, set up and collect information and intelligence using a rural OP and covert imagery.  The tactics taught are those, which have been learned and practised operationally throughout years of development by both UKSF and Law Enforcement agencies.  These same tactics have been taught, adopted and used globally by virtually all the first world Military and Law Enforcement organisations.

Subjects covered:

  • Rural OP Overview
  • Operational Planning & Risk Management
  • Kit & Equipment needed for sustained rural deployments
  • Voice Procedure & Reporting (keeping an OP log)
  • Strategic covert insertion & extraction into the target area
  • Tactical movement to the OP (route selection)
  • Rural OP (hide construction)
  • Camouflage & Concealment
  • Operation from a Rural OP (OP routine)
  • Actions on Compromise
  • Covert Photography (Stills & Video for evidence)
  • Health & Safety considerations

Part 2 Urban Observation Post (Urban OP)

As previously mentioned the methods used in the insertion and sustainability of a Rural OP can be carried across to the urban environment.  Working from within a building and construction of an Urban OP (hide) uses another skill set, though there may be less risk through accidental compromise and more comfort due to the lack of pressures from Mother Nature.  The preparation and construction of the OP is usually more critical due to the closer proximity of the OP to the subject.

Subjects covered:

  • Urban OP Overview
  • Operational Planning & Risk Management
  • Kit & Equipment needed for sustained urban deployments
  • Voice Procedure & Reporting (keeping an OP log)
  • Strategic covert insertion & extraction into the target area
  • Tactical movement to the OP (route selection)
  • Urban OP (hide construction)
  • Camouflage & Concealment
  • Operating from an Urban OP (OP routine)
  • Actions on Compromise
  • Covert Photography (Stills & Video for evidence)
  • Health & Safety considerations


Once you have mastered these OP skills and they have become part of your skill set; it will make you as a Surveillance Operator a more deployable ergo employable asset to a client or company.  This course will also take you one stage further to becoming an all-round Surveillance Operator.

Covert Surveillance Operator Candidate Profile

At Mobius International we give great consideration to the kind of candidate we hope to train. Below is a list of attributes/ abilities we expect potential students to possess. This is not an exhaustive list but it is comprehensive enough for anyone considering a career in surveillance to ascertain whether or not they are suited to this type of role.

  • Observational: As well as having good eyesight/ hearing you will also need to be hyper-observant; as aware of what is going on around you as you are the target.
  • Quick Thinking: You must be able to ‘think on your feet’ and act accordingly, able to alter your plans/ actions or even conversation mid flow without arousing interest or suspicion.
  • Able to blend in: By its very definition covert surveillance relies upon an operators ability to fit into their surroundings and not draw attention to themselves. On any given deployment you are as likely to find yourself sitting on a park bench in Hackney as you are having afternoon tea at a high end hotel. The ability to converse naturally, with anyone, irrespective of age, race, creed or class is a must.
  • Adaptable: You must be able to operate effectively in a range of environments. You must also be as comfortable working within a team as you are working completely alone for lengthy periods of time.
  • Patient: You must be patient, able to manage long periods of inactivity, whilst remaining alert/ ready to react to sudden changes.
  • Unremarkable: As a surveillance operator, your longevity in any environment relies upon your ability to go unnoticed. Distinguishing features such as prominent tattoos, outlandish hairstyles or modes of dress contradict this necessary quality.
  • Responsive: Just as importantly, you must be able to respond calmly to sudden or increasing levels of activity.
  • Confident: You must be confident but not over-confident, able to balance caution with calculated/ moderate risk taking.
  • Memory Recall: You must be able to commit large quantities of information to memory and able to recall that information accurately, sometimes after long periods of time have elapsed.
  • Technically Proficient: Surveillance relies upon the use of a range of technical equipment from computers to covert cameras and tracking devices, you will need to be comfortable using all.
  • Driving Ability: You must be a competent driver to a minimum of RoSPA Silver standard, able and willing to learn and adapt to new techniques. You should be comfortable driving in all conditions, day and night, and on all types of roads.
  • Navigational Ability: You should have experience of map reading.
  • Multi-Tasking: Surveillance relies upon the ability to combine a range of skills which sometimes overlap, none more so than when solo during a vehicular follow. You must be able to balance the use of technical equipment with consummate driving and navigational skills; listen/ respond to, or deliver commentary; whilst also ensuring the safety of your vehicle and other road users around you.
  • Fitness: Whilst you don’t need to be marathon ready, you will need to be comfortable walking long distances, and able to step it up should the target pick up the pace.
  • Emotional Maturity: Surveillance relies upon autonomy, self-reliance, good judgement and, in order that mistakes are learned from and performances improved, the ability to accept and deliver constructive criticism. Life experience is invaluable and the more you have the better you stand to fare in this kind of environment.
  • Interpersonal skills: Working in teams, especially when very tired, under stress or during challenging operational circumstances, requires excellent interpersonal skills, especially the ability to remain calm and act with integrity.
  • Instinctive: Surveillance is often about relying on gut feelings. To be an effective operator you will need to get a feel for what seems right and learn to trust and go with that feeling. The best, most experienced operators will tell you instinct is invaluable in this field.


J - View full bio

Former Security Service (MI5) Mobile Surveillance Operator & Instructor with 10 years operational experience conducting surveillance against targets engaged in Terrorism, Serious Organised Crime, and Industrial Espionage.  A longstanding member of MI5’s in-house Surveillance Training Department, J has instructed on dozens of courses and overseen the successful training, orientation and development of countless recruits and military secondees.

Following a hiatus from covert operations, in 2016 J began working within the private surveillance sector, where she quickly crossed paths with Richard Aitch and Mobius.  In 2017 J was asked to join Mobius as part of the Surveillance Training Wing, where her passion for and commitment to appropriately taught and correctly executed surveillance has seen her co-devise The Mobius Advanced Surveillance Operators Course, and she now instructs on the programme.

S - View full bio

Former Police Counter Terrorism, S brings a wealth of operational and training experience to the Mobius Surveillance Operators Course.  He began his 17 years Police service in 1997 where he quickly diversified into the covert world, as surveillance operative/ investigator. As a Detective Sergeant he managed surveillance operations nationally, combatting Serious Organised Crime before moving into Counter Terrorism.  S spent many years engaged in combatting terrorist attack planning both in the UK and abroad, working in the following roles:

Special Branch Detective Sergeant
Operations Manager, Counter Terrorist Intelligence Unit (CTIU)
Intelligence Manager (CTIU)
Surveillance Team Leader (CTIU)

Having overseen the development and training of probationary CTIU Surveillance Operators, S was asked to join Mobius International to co-author and deliver the Mobius Advanced Surveillance Operators Course.  Since leaving the Police, S has been working worldwide within the top tier of the commercial surveillance sector.

D - View full bio

Having entered the Police during his late teens, D proceeded to work his way through different departments, gaining a wide range of Investigative experience, before landing in the Firearms 4 years into his Police career.

He quickly added to his skill set, excelling at marksmanship and driving. Further career progression saw him excelling as Specialised Firearms Officer status (SFO) and Surveillance. Surveillance became a regular occurrence, something that D was instantly at home with. MASTS (Mobile Armed Support To Surveillance) were also heavily used and numerous operations were performed. These ranged from targeting Organised Crime Groups, Counter Terrorism to trafficking deployments. Dynamic entry/intervention deployments were also dealt with. At this point D saw progression on the promotion ladder and began to tutor new entrants into the firearms world, just at a time when the world security status was changing, with new challenges presenting themselves to the authorities. Teaching, bringing through and developing new talent in the closely-knit surveillance and Firearms world was a natural step.

C [QGM GSGI] - View full bio

Former Parachute Regiment, C completed the 14 Int (SRR – Special Reconnaissance Regiment), Special Forces selection course and deployed to Northern Ireland as a Surveillance Operator, where he served with this unit for 13 years.

During his time with UKSF he had extensive experience in all aspects of counter–terrorist surveillance including ground, mobile, airborne, technical and reactive operations, gaining an extensive operational and training expertise including four years as a senior SRR Instructor.  During Operations in 1996 he was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for a valued contribution toward the successful arrest of a mainstream terrorist, and has been involved in other high profile anti-terrorist operations involving personnel from different Government agencies.

C2 - View full bio

Former Special Boat Service (SBS) surveillance instructor, C has over nine years experience applying his trade in some of the most hostile countries around the globe.

After completing Special Forces selection, C was quickly singled out to attend the specialist reconnaissance (SR) course, a highly intensive, six-month course for UKSF operators.  He latterly became an SR instructor and the SBS course representative. C has been pivotal in a number of surveillance and counter terrorism programmes, with particular expertise for implementing new strategic capability development for UKSF. An example of this was the introduction of SBS maritime surveillance, which is still in use today.

During his surveillance career C rose to Second in Command for the SBS surveillance cell, a role that saw him plan and conduct the training of new surveillance operators within UKSF.  He was instrumental in the procurement/ trialing of new equipment and in the development of new techniques (SOP’s), to keep UKSF at the forefront of operational commitment.

C still applies his skills in foreign Government, commercial and corporate environments, and his work has lead to numerous prosecutions and convictions.  C brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an instructor and is a valued member of the team.

P [MBE GM QCB] - View full bio

P served 24 years in the British Army, the last 14 of which were with the Special Forces (SRR), specializing in surveillance. For his services he was awarded the MBE, George Medal, QCB. He also spent 2 tours on the instructional team teaching surveillance and close target reconnaissance each of these lasting 2 years. Within the commercial world since leaving the Army besides his extensive security career P has spent time teaching US forces in Germany.

G [QCVS] - View full bio

G completed 23 years of exemplary service in the British Army. 12 years within an Infantry regiment and 11 years of service within UK Special Forces as a member of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR). G completed his full service achieving the rank of Warrant Officer Class One and was awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service for his covert operational work.

G’s military surveillance and reconnaissance expertise and experience was gained over a decade as an operator, trainer, planner and manager of high level counter terrorism covert operations conducted around the world. In addition to his SRR service G served an extremely successful 2-year secondment to the British Security Service (MI5).

Since retiring from the Army, G has taught surveillance and reconnaissance on numerous foreign government defence contracts. He has also planned and conducted commercial surveillance operations on behalf of high net worth clients throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

M - View full bio

M served 18 years as a senior manager 22nd Special Air Service Regiment.

Advanced Operations Wing: 
Planned and deployed on discrete operational and training tasks overseas in a non-permissive environment, conducted surveillance and intelligence gathering worldwide.  Deployed to Kabul Afghanistan November 2001 and conducted discrete operations in support of HMG, carried out liaison with local and international agencies and was responsible for producing risk assessments for the British Embassy.  Planned and implemented security measures for a VIP with a threat to his life while moving freely through the north of the country (Herat, Mazar-Sharif, Kabul and Bamiyan).  Implemented security measures and support to project people and assets in the region against the threats posed primarily from armed conflict, terrorism, militant activism and civil unrest

SAS Covert Reactive Troop NI: 
Senior Team Leader responsible for tactical command of sub sections of a covert reactive troop as designated by the ground commander.  Responsible for and managed all types of SF weapon and Surveillance training.

Surveillance Instructor UKSF SRR
Managed the selection and training of UKSF and Tri-Service personnel for covert reactive operations under hazardous conditions.  Weapon Training and Surveillance instructor.

Team Leader and Head of Covert Method of Entry, working as part of a small surveillance team gathering and providing intelligence information for Governmental Agencies.

On leaving the army M joined the Sultans Special Force (SSF) working for the Sultanate of Oman taking up the post of Chief Training Instructor (Captain) for Covert Security.  He was responsible for training SSF in discrete and covert operations within Oman Implemented Changes to the Tactical Doctrine and Standard Operational Procedures.  Advised Senior Management on future training objectives and planning guides.  Planned and conducted training programs ensuring that staff meet objectives and training standards were maintained.

D2 - View full bio

D2 is sought after as an associate of leading multi-national organisations in the security industry. Formerly she served in the Ministry of Defence for 25 years where she planned many high profile operations, she led active operations on the ground and trained specialists for operational work. She is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualified instructor and now specialises in the training and delivery of all Operational aspects and theory of Surveillance tradecraft around the globe.

Her training style is relaxed and informative, she exudes enthusiasm for the subject and delivers results with professionalism and humour. She has an infectious passion for surveillance and her audiences find her direct but approachable. D2 brings a life time of real and actual surveillance experience to the classroom; her knowledge doesn’t come out of a text book or from pretence; she has lived the experiences and lessons she imparts to her students.