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, 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 our 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 what the SIA have learned from extensive research, consultation, and engagement.
For more info about the new qualifications please follow this link to the news pages on GOV.UK http://bit.ly/SIASkills