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You have decided to pursue a career in the security industry and may have just realised that you’ll require a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Licence in order to work as a Security Guard. It was probably security guarding in shops or office blocks, buildings and shopping centres that you had in mind. SIA Security Guarding licence is the best qualification for shops, building sites, office blocks and many other sites except for Pubs, Night Clubs and Stadium. This SIA training for security guards is designed to provide you with the necessary skills needed to work as a Security Receptionist in static and patrol sites.

Security Guarding is simply the protection of persons, property and premises. This can be achieved through the use of systems, personnel or physical security.

There are three main sectors within the Security Industry:

  • Manned Guarding – Human presence maintaining high visibility to deter criminals by way of patrols or using certain security equipment.
  • Systems – electronic methods of knowing who may have accessed property or premises and preventing or minimising the risk of criminal and dangerous acts example; Alarms, CCTV and Access Control keypad’s or swipe cards
  • Physical – Gates, Barriers, Pad-locks

SIA licence Security Guarding course focuses mainly on the role and responsibilities of a Security Guard in the Manned Guarding sector, monitoring “systems” and manning gates, barriers; undertaking reception duties at corporate or commercial premises. Like other frontline SIA courses, Security Guarding training covers the role or use of Communication in Conflict Management.

The SIA training for Security Guards also covers the roles of a Security Officer and how they complement systems and physical security in protecting persons; property and premises in places where public may or may not have free access.

This is a specialist SIA course for those wanting to work as Security Guards who do not want the option to work in Pubs and Night Clubs or Sports Stadium for which Door Supervisors are specifically trained to do.

Though a Door Supervisor is legally allowed to work as a Security Guard using their Door Supervision licence according to the Security Industry Authority (the – SIA), Door Supervisors are not specialists in the field of Security Guarding – Static and Patrol.

This SIA Course is called Security Guarding – STATIC AND PATROL; meaning that the actual job of the Security Guarding licence holder involves reception duties, customer service, access control, response to security systems (alarms), key control and patrol duties. Though these topics may be mentioned during Door Supervision training, they are not covered and do not form part of SIA Door supervision training course.

Door supervision course is focused mainly on security in places where alcohol is sold by retail – example, Pubs, Bars and Night Clubs; how to correctly select customers to be allowed in those premises; reasons for ejection and how to deal with potential conflicts resulting from decisions of a Door supervisor while complying with the law.

Even though a person with SIA licence for Door Supervision can legally work as a Security Guard, Door Supervision training does not cover Security Guarding training.

The SIA Security Guarding course is different from Door Supervision course. These are two separate SIA courses leading towards separate qualifications. Each qualification entitles a candidate to apply for SIA licence for that sector; for example, Security Guarding training is for Security Guarding licence and Door Supervision training is for Door Supervision licence.

SIA training for Security Guarding licence specifically covers security roles in office blocks, residential blocks, construction sites, court security, gatehouse security etc. A security guard with SIA licence can work anywhere as a security officer apart from stadium, pubs and night clubs. Security guarding training does not cover Night Clubs and Pub security.

Therefore, if you do not want to consider jobs in the night clubs or pubs or stadium and would like to do a specialist SIA course for security guarding – Security Guarding (Static & Patrol) is the best course for you. It is wrong to assume that Door Supervision course covers Security Guarding.

We provide 2 courses, this Security Guarding Course and a Door Supervisor Course, each course is individually constructed to comply to NOCN Level 2 Award in Security Guarding or NOCN Level 2 Award in Door Supervision. Below are the details for the Security Guarding Course, here are the details of the Door Supervisor Training Courses.

NOCN Level 2 Award in Security Guarding – Consists of two parts

Part 1: Knowledge based training and assessment (22.5 hours).

This section of the course covers the following topics:

  • Role and responsibilities of security officers
  • Customer care and social skills
  • Fire safety
  • Health and safety
  • Dealing with incidents and emergencies
  • The Law (civil and criminal)
  • Procedures for the control of keys and equipment
  • Assignment instructions
  • Reporting

Part 2 – Practical scenario based training and assessment (7.5 hours).

This section of the course covers the following topics:

  • Communication skills
  • Conflict management