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SIA licence training changes for 2021

SIA licence training changes for 2021


16 Feb, 2021

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced it is making some changes to the training you need to take before you can get a front-line SIA licence …

The changes, which will take place in April and October 2021, are as follows:

  • on 1 April 2021, the SIA will introduce updated qualifications for all sectors except Close Protection
  • from 1 April 2021, you must have a first aid qualification before you can apply for a Door Supervisor or Security Guard licence
  • on 1 October 2021, the SIA will introduce updated Close Protection qualifications
  • 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 or Security Guard licence – this includes renewals.

For more information about the new qualifications, click here.

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 regulator is to work with the industry to raise standards in private security. These new requirements will help it to achieve this. The new licence-linked qualifications reflect what the SIA has learned from extensive research, consultation and engagement.

Top-up training

The private security industry currently has no requirements for refresher training in areas critical to keeping the public safe. The new top-up training will include critical safety elements of the new content that the SIA is introducing to licence-linked qualifications in April 2021.

During the SIA’s engagement and consultation it was acknowledged that skills can fade over time. Refreshing and updating skills will help to ensure a safe working environment for staff and customers.

First aid training

Research and industry feedback highlighted a strong need for security operatives to have knowledge of first aid, especially in emergency situations where they are likely to be closest to an incident.

Other changes

The SIA has moved training that is critical for all sectors to the ‘common unit’ (taken by all security operatives). This includes new training on:

terror threat awareness
dealing with emergencies
dealing with vulnerable people.

For full details of the upcoming changes to training, click here

About the SIA

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. Its main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities, and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

For further information about the work of the SIA and how to apply for a licence, or to sign up for email updates, click here

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