Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence

Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence. The Security Industry Authority are making some changes to the training you need to take before you can get a front-line SIA licence. These changes will happen in April and October 2021. The changes are: on 1 April 2021, they 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, they 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 and Security Guard licence – this includes renewals. Why the SIA are changing the qualifications. The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public.  This recognition brings scrutiny,



For the last 6 weeks, our Events Division have been deployed throughout December / January at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for Christmas at the Botanics. Our customer safety team welcomed over 2,000 members of the public each night providing site information, directional & safety advice as well as reiterating the physical distancing message to all guests on site ensuring their safety.  The Event Manager commented “It was a privilege to work alongside your Management, Supervisors and all your team. Their professionalism, support, and level of service was instrumental in helping keep the event open in the midst of the uncharted territory of a global pandemic.  A massive thank you to all our team for carrying out their duties through every type of adverse weather condition, with a smile.


Stay Safe and Health

Ensure you and are family stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak by:  Hand washing  👏 Safe social distancing 🧍‍♀️⎻🧍‍♂️ Wearing a mask 😷 Staying at home 🏡 Seeking medical advice if you feel unwell 👩‍⚕️


Adapt and Adjust – COVID-19

With our usual events cancelled and licensed premises also currently closed we have turned our attention to providing a key security provision to our frontline colleagues in the supermarket and food supply chain, government estate, national infrastructure and utilities, transport network and of course hospitals.  We have been working hard at Security Scotland to supply our officers with the appropriate PPE, such as gloves, during these challenging times.  Whether you are working or staying at home the most important thing you can do to kill the COVID-19 virus is to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water. #staysafe As always, our team has pulled together to deliver an exceptional service under very difficult circumstances. We are proud to have such a great team. Stay Safe. Protect yourself and others.

Security Scotland’s Training Division hosts inaugural Level 4 Diploma in Spectator Safety Management Course

This week Security Scotland’s Training Division completed its first ever Level 4 Diploma in Spectator Safety Management Course (Safety Officer) at our Glasgow head office. Industry experts Chris Baker and David Brannan opened the five-day course, setting the scene for the qualification and giving a detailed overview of the modules. Security Scotland’s management team were joined by several new Safety Officers from around the country as well as a couple of independent safety consultants. To help bring the training content to life, we were joined by several subject matter experts from across the country: The Role of the Safety Officer (Bob Park – Motherwell FC) Safety Certificates (Stuart McLeod – South Lanarkshire Council) Security Industry Authority (Ronnie Megaughin – SIA) Risk Fans / Ultra Groups (Inspector Marian McLean – Police Scotland) CT / Behavioural Detection (Superintendent Pat O’Callaghan - Police Scotland) Police Free Football (Alan Marshall – Hibernian FC) Pyrotechnics (Brian McNeill – Systechnica) The Role of the SPFL Delegate

SIA reduce licence fee!!

The Security Industry Authority will reduce the cost for individual licences for all sectors from £210 to £190 from the 1st of April 2020.  Find out more at

Security Scotland recommends CitizenAID

citizenAID is a simple, clear teaching aid for immediate actions and first aid for stabbing, bomb-incident or mass shooting. The app is free to download for Apple and Android phones. With the right skills and knowledge YOU can deliver care to yourself, your friends and family and to the stranger caught up in a disaster. Download the app via the links below.  Apple -  Android-

Robbery Prevention Measures

Due to an increase in street robbery, the Metropolitan Police Service in London are working to prevent crime in hotspot areas. While this initiative is taking place in London the principles and changes can be applied to areas across the UK. As security operatives are often working in these areas, they are best placed to educate the public and help prevent street robbery. Having received training to work in the industry, licensed operatives will be aware of many of the steps that can be taken to prevent street robbery. Still, as a reminder, here are recommendations that our team will continue to make to the public:  Stay aware of your surroundings and pay attention to who’s around you. Keep valuables such as mobile phones, watches and cash out of sight. Plan your route home. Look confident You are less likely to be targeted if you look confident. Move with purpose and try to be aware of


Security Scotland Wins Belstaff Contract

Security Scotland are delighted to be providing our retail security services for luxury clothing brand Belstaff’s Ingram Street store in Glasgow city centre. Our staff deployed at the store have all completed our Retail & Manned Guarding Training Course which was specially compiled to cover all aspects of the specialist roles and responsibilities that are required when working in high-end retail stores which will ensure the safety of the staff and the security of the expensive stock.