The Security Industry Authority (SIA) have announced changes to the training required prior to gaining a front line SIA licence.

Taking effect in April and October 2021 the changes are as follows:

  • On 1 April 2021, introduction of updated qualifications for all sectors except Close Protection and Vehicle Immobilisation;
  • From 1 April 2021, applicants must have a first aid qualification prior to taking the required training for a Door Supervisor or Security Guard licence;
  • On 1 October 2021, updated close protection qualifications will be introduced;
  • From 1 October 2021, you must have one of the new qualifications or take top-up training before you can apply for a door supervisor and security guard licence – this includes renewals.

Why are the qualifications changing?

  • The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public.
  • This recognition brings scrutiny, and it is more important than ever that the industry maintains and improves its standards.
  • It is crucial that all operatives have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks in safety critical areas.
  • A key element of the SIA’s role as the regulator is to work with the industry to raise standards in private security. The new requirements will help to achieve this.
  • The new licence-linked qualifications reflect learnings from extensive research, consultation and engagement.

Top-up training

From 1 October 2021, you must have one of the following before you can apply for a door supervisor or security guard licence:

  • One of the new qualifications introduced on 1 April
  • One of the older licence-linked qualifications and a ‘top-up’ qualification

This applies to any applications submitted on or after 1 October, including renewals. If you submit your application before this date, you will not need to take additional training.

First aid training

Research also identified a strong need for security professionals to have knowledge of first aid, particularly in emergency situations where operatives are the closest to an incident.

Further information is available here.

The SIA have also provided questions and answers relating to the new licence-linked training here.