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International Bodyguard Association

Personenschutz Österreich

History of the IBA: 


The International Bodyguard Association (IBA) was founded in Paris in December 1957 by Major Lucien Victor Ott, a highly decorated French para-commando veteran, and is the oldest and largest association of bodyguards with protection and training locations worldwide. The IBA has established itself as the world's leading training organization for bodyguards.


It is at the forefront of bodyguard training in the emerging Baltic and Balkan republics, the European Union, the new South Africa, Afghanistan and throughout the new Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. In 2004, in addition to its regular courses, the IBA trained classes of the Iraqi police, the Cambodian police, elements of the US Army's 1st Special Forces Group, bodyguards for United Nations security, and bodyguards and drivers for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).


In 2005, the Thai National Police and the Royal Thai Navy SEALS received IBA training. Last year, the Mongolian government organized an IBA course for its special units, the Central Intelligence Service, the State Special Security Agency and the SWAT unit of the police. In the UK, IBA graduates were among the first to complete their training for the new state SIA CP license. 

The training was carried out as part of a partnership between the IBA and New College. Last year, IBA graduates successfully and safely completed the risky PSD and CP missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and South East Asia.

IBA offers government, military, police and civilian bodyguard training of the highest caliber. World-class security instructors provide expert training and guidance in a unique learning environment, helping bodyguards develop professional skills and industry knowledge throughout their careers. The International Bodyguard Association's outstanding reputation is the result of nearly 50 years of experience in training bodyguards.

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