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Penetration Testing

What are the benefits of Physical Penetration Testing?

Physical penetration testing is a fundamental aspect of any professional security operative’s plan. It is the confirmatory element that allows operators to consolidate their planning, risk assessing, threat awareness, physical measures, technical systems, and security protocols. Additional benefits include:

  • Identifying risks of security breaches, loss of sensitive material, and equipment
  • Gaining a realistic understanding of your security through simulated attacks
  • Assuring clients of your commitment to security and compliance with regulations

The process involves capturing open source intelligence and conducting a confirmation reconnaissance. Planning takes a threat-led ‘outward-in’ perspective, it assumes that the planning team only know what they can find out from reconnaissance and / or a realistic insider informant. Following the penetration testing a comprehensive report with recommendations for improvement is produced along with identifying good practice.

HZL also offers The Level 4 Award in Physical Penetration Testing Operations (RQF), an OFQUAL regulated course designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to conduct authorised and effective physical penetration testing on client sites. In today's ever-evolving threat landscape, physical penetration testing can help your organisation stay prepared and secure.


What are the benefits of using HZL

HZL offer a consultancy service in identifying areas for skills development in both the vocational and the occupational environment. We have a wealth of experience in supporting organisations that want to set up as a training centre to deliver Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) courses with the emphasis on:

  • Education, Training and Assessing
  • Internal Quality Assurance of the delivery of training (IQA)
  • Protective Security and Risk Mitigation industry related courses
  • Medical, First Aid and Mental Health First Aid courses.

HZL also support, advise and develop both task and job analysis and will produce competency, capability and career frameworks to support those organisations that are planning to progress and expand.


What are the benefits of a professional qualification?

Professional qualifications raise knowledge, skills and performance and transmit an important message about you by demonstrating:

  • Your level and range of expertise and knowledge
  • Commitment to your career and interest in raising personal performance
  • Enthusiasm and motivation for your area of work.

In today’s super competitive employment arena, professional qualifications can help you to stand out from the competition and give you an edge when applying for that new job or internal promotion. Another main outcome of a professional or vocational qualification is an increase in potential earnings or salary. Professional qualifications not only hone your current skills and practices but also help you to gain new skills, recognition from your peers and better contacts in your sector.

Why Choose Us?

HZL was formed in December 2000 because we believed that there was a more interactive and productive way to involve the client whilst delivering adult learning and operational support.

Whether the delivery is directly by HZL to you as an individual, or to your organisation, or by your own in-house delivery team, it is important that training provision is both engaging and effective. Without audience participation training can become stale and unproductive, which is why our team is made up of trainers with incredible and varied life experiences that will not fail to engage. 

HZL have the training capability to deliver quality assurance of training and assessment, assessment of vocational and occupational competency and the delivery of education and training qualifications. We can support you in producing the quality assurance requirements that are necessary to allow you to deliver the qualifications that support your company or training delivery needs. We can produce training needs and job analysis to ensure you are compliant in your chosen field of expertise that will support your organisations career framework.

HZL take pride in their commitment to each and every learner and by achieving a professional qualification with us you will have the ability to stand out from the competition, giving you the edge and the potential to open more doors to opportunities in today’s super competitive employment arena.

HZL also offer a consultancy service that can support your organisation in producing a training and development framework to  ensure that you as an organisation, or centre, are compliant with the requirements within the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and whichever Awarding Organisation (AO) you are aligned to whether in the security field, construction or rail industry. Our consultancy services are also built around ensuring your internal requirements are relevant to your needs and will constantly maintain positive results.

  • Experienced and empathetic training and delivery team

  • A centre for recognised Awarding Organisations including City and Guilds, QNUK and Qualsafe for delivering Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) courses

  • Proven ongoing support provided

  • Adding value and opportunity as you move forward either as an individual or a company by helping you to identify your problem areas, create solutions and initiate change allowing you to achieve your goals.

What our clients have to say

  • I’m happy to share that I’ve obtained a new certification: QNUK Level 4 Award In Physical Penetration Testing Operations (RQF) from Qualifications Network!

    A really thorough course ran by Al Prescott from HZL.

    Took part in a complete end-to-end physical pentest covering the development of a brief, performing open-source intelligence gathering, reconnaissance techniques, finishing with a physical pentest utilising social engineering and intelligence gathering techniques - gotta love getting new skills in.

    A really great week - it was also cool to work with people of different skillsets and combine my cyber security background too!

    - Jack J, LinkedIn
  • In order to enhance my professional development and explore its applicability in a Close Protection (CP) environment, I recently completed a comprehensive Physical Pen Testing Operations course provided by HZL Specialist Solutions. 

    This course provided me with practical, hands-on experience in simulating real-world scenarios to assess the effectiveness of physical security systems and offer actionable recommendations for enhancement.

    By undertaking this course, I have further fortified my expertise in security risk management and broadened my capabilities in safeguarding organizations against potential threats.

    I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the instructors at HZL for their invaluable expertise and shared insights, which made this learning experience truly enriching.

    I highly recommend HZL Specialist Solutions as a reputable training provider that go above and beyond.

    - Ryan D, LinkedIn
  • I recently attended the Close Protection top-up course run by HZL. A course that I initially had reservations over turned out to be well worth it. The admin from the office was spot on and the instructors on the course (3 instructors to 10 students) were superb. Massive thanks to Al and his team.
    - Chris townsend, Google Review
  • A brilliant team, high level course delivery and a network of professional attendees. 10/0
    - Kate Bright, Google Review
  • Completed the Delivery of Conflict Management and Physical Intervention Level 3 courses with HZL Specialist Solutions (HZL Group). Great courses with great tutors (Si, Steve & Al). Good mix of teaching skills, and the scenario-based learning was a great way to learn. Looking forward to seeing the lads in London at the week end for the CP top-up!
    - Chris Lockwood, Google Review
  • Completed the QNUK Level 4 Physical Penetration Test course delivered by HZL Group. It was superbly administered and delivered and I would commend this course to other senior security managers and practitioners to further their knowledge. If you're looking for a worthwhile course to boost your CPD this was: Insightful - Experts brought in to deliver particular subject matter. Practical - We managed to get 'on the ground' and complete real penetration tests (once the theory piece was complete). Value Adding - We had informative discussions amongst professional security peers, learning from each other and understanding the appropriate processes and methodology required to deliver a successful operation. This is a great opportunity for 'gamekeepers to turn poachers' and will undoubtedly enhance any organisation's understanding of their vulnerabilities and existing security infrastructure. No organisation's measures are perfect, but getting into the mind-set of the exploiter has been invaluable. The course was challenging but equally rewarding, it's highly recommended and I will active encourage my peers to sign up for future iterations. Thanks HZL!
    - Paul C, Google Review
  • Just completed the application of physical intervention skills for the security industry. The course was situated in a hotel with very easy access from the railway station and also had a free carpark. The instructors were very knowledgeable on the subject matter and had a good mix of real world scenarios and hands on instruction . They made the learning experience enjoyable and easy. Looking forward to returning to them for the physical penetration course.
    - James Shaw, Google Review
  • Great experience on this course, tutors very informative and broke down the learning into steps which made it more memorable. Great learning experience
    - lynsey heighway, Google Review
  • Just completing my Conflict Management Level 3 HZL Specialist Solutions (HZL Group). Fantastic course with great tutors (Si & Al). Was great to use my experience and learn from others on the course. Will help me move forward with my career as I look to expand my knowledge. Using the scenario-based learning was very useful.
    - Gary Hunt, Google Review
  • Hzl specialists solutions ltd recently ran an education training course which helped me massively in my new job role. This training taught me new course delivery techniques and built my confidence more when presenting to a group. The trainer Al Prescott was very welcoming, very informative and helpful with regards to feedback on assignments set. I would highly recommend hzl group for any training you require whether it be for work or personal achievements.
    - Daniel Bee, Google Review
  • I've just completed my PI crossover training with Al and Steve and all I can say is that it was a fantastic couple of days. The professionalism and experience of these guys is second to none. I would highly recommend HZL for any security training and all top ups. Thanks for all your help.
    - christopher howard, Google Review
  • Completed the Physical Intervention train the trainer course at HZL Specialist Solutions Limited. The guidance though out is first class, the skills and knowledge including the operational experience of all the instructor’s is first class. I would recommend to anyone wanting a career in security training or wanting to gain security qualifications to contact the HZL immediately. They are only a phone call away providing ongoing support whenever it’s required ensuring total peace of mind.
    - James Loach, Google Review

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