Welcome to the Security HR website (aka HR™ Security) designed to inform prospective candidates wanting to obtain SIA licence and work in the private security industry of the training requirements; provide help and advice on the general requirements for the training needed to obtain a Security Industry (SIA) licence and help with finding work in London and other parts of the UK. We also provide SIA licensed Door Supervisors to Night Clubs, Bars, Restaurants and Cinemas.

We are one of the largest online security protection companies in the United Kingdom (UK); a security training organisation providing SIA training for Security guards, Door Supervisors and CCTV operators based in South London with SIA training taking place at Lambeth, Southwark, Camberwell, Canary Wharf and London Borough of Merton. All SIA training centre are within 3 miles or less, of: Elephant and Castle SE1, Kennington SE11, Oval, Camberwell SE5, Peckham SE15, Westminster, London Bridge, Brixton SW9, Streatham SW16, Clapham & Vauxhall SW4, New Cross SE4, New Cross Gate SE3, Old Kent Road, Colliers wood, Tooting, Balham, Modern, Epsom Surrey, Bermondsey, Surrey Quays, Woolwich, Greenwich, Lewisham SE13, Crystal Palace, Croydon CR1, Upper Norwood SE19, Norwood, Waterloo, Woolwich, Herne Hill London SE24, Chatham, Rochester Kent. We cover all London and the South East.

The Security Industry Authority is responsible for issuing SIA licence following the completion of Door Supervision, Security Guarding, CCTV (PSS) Operations, training.

As stated above there is a mandatory requirement to sit training and exams. In respect each training courses, these are modular training courses of which each SIA Course is structured in 12 or more different modules; all designed to ensure that the SIA licence holder has the desired knowledge needed to work as a front-line licence holder.

There are different SIA courses; all leading towards the qualification for SIA licence.
Security license cannot be issued unless you can satisfy the Security Industry Authority (the-SIA) that you have completed the required training. This can be “SIA licence Door Supervisor training” or any SIA training on any of the SIA courses. At present we run CCTV course for SIA licence; Security Guarding and Door Supervision training.

Each of these courses is a requirement for SIA licence in each sector, for example CCTV training course is aimed towards satisfying the requirements for SIA licence for CCTV operations; Security Guarding course is aimed towards satisfying the training requirements for SIA license for Security Guards and Door Supervisor training is aimed towards satisfying the training requirement for licence for Door supervisors.
This implies there is SIA licence badge for each security sector and if, for example you have completed SIA training on three (3) SIA courses you are entitled to apply for licence and obtain 3 separate licences in those security sectors.It may be too expensive for some people to want to do 3 SIA courses at the same time or in each period and pay for SIA licence in those 3 sectors.
The Security Industry Authority – the SIA have made it easier and cheaper for SIA licence applicants to be able to apply for SIA licence in more than one security sector should their role overlap a security sector different from the one for which they hold a licence.A holder of SIA licence in one Security sector can apply for a licence in another security sector but only pays half the fees for the second SIA licence or any subsequent licence in any other security sector.For example, if you hold SIA license for Door Supervisors; to apply for a SIA licence for Security Guards you only need to pay half the fees of your first license. Similarly, if you hold SIA licence for CCTV operators you will only need to pay half the fees for door supervision licence; and vice-versa.
As an illustration and according to the SIA, “if you applied for a Security licence (at a cost of £220) and you also needed a Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) licence, the second licence would cost £110. If you already hold a licence when you apply for the second one, the first licence must have at least four months plus one day left to run for the second licence to be discounted”.The SIA would take the discount into account when they calculate the required application fee.

  • If you were paying by credit/debit card the SIA would charge the correct fee for the licence application you have submitted even if you entered the full amount.
  • If you are paying by cheque, postal order or banker’s draft and you have miscalculated the amount owed, they would either:
    • Refund your over-payment.
    • contact you to explain why you need to pay more and ask you to provide the correct amount. If they are unable to contact you, your application would be returned to you un-processed.

Under the Security Industry Act 2001, regulation of the Security Industry is undertaken by the SIA and Security licence illegalities, including the processing and issuing of SIA licence overseen by the Security Industry Authority.

It is important to clarify that there is no requirement to hold more than one SIA licence, but it is a good idea if you want to be able to work in more than one security sector. Holding more than one SIA licence only ensures that you do not miss out on opportunities in the security company for which you are working. For example, your employer may specialise in Security Guarding (supply of security officers to non-licensed premises) and might have employed you because you hold a valid SIA licence for Security Guards or Door Supervisors. They later decide to expand to the CCTV sector. If you therefore hold CCTV licence in your ‘back pocket’, it might be easier to migrate to a new job role or at least you’ll have a choice.

Whichever security sector’s SIA licence you currently hold, with a second SIA licence it only serves to improve opportunities and career progression is more feasible if you hold SIA licence in 2 or more “license sectors”.

There is no evidence to show that a person holding a single licence cannot achieve the same career progression. If you hold a SIA licence in one security sector there is also a chance that your employer may arrange for internal SIA licence training and structure the SIA courses in a way that it not only meets the SIA licence standards but also covers the specific nature of their business.

Training
Courses

We are good at working with employers to develop training needs for their Security Guards and Door Supervisors. We structure our SIA training courses and delivery to security Guards and Door Supervisors not just for SIA licence but also to make them professionals in their chosen security sector.

SIA License course for Door Supervisors take place in our London Centre which is fully equipped with resources to ensure that the standard of SIA training meets the aspirations of any Security industry legislations.

The quality of our SIA training irrespective of the location of the training centre is of the same standard, and SIA courses elsewhere within our firm are of the same standard delivery to each SIA course delivered in our London Centres.

Our London SIA training venues meets all ergonomic standards with comfortable chairs and large desks in a well illuminated classroom – ergonomics for CCTV (control room) training.

As trainers for the SIA licence training courses, we pride ourselves with professionalism and excellence. We are not just training providers; we work with you and for you all the way through your SIA licence training to your working life as a licence holder for Security Guarding or Door Supervision.

There are now 4 units to the courses required by the SIA. The training courses and competency requirements are regularly updated by the SIA. For example, since 2010 anyone undergoing a training course for Door Supervisors will now complete a 4-unit course (previously 2 units) which now includes Physical Intervention as the 4th unit. To become a door supervisor, candidates must complete the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Working in the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 2 – Working as a Door Supervisor
  • Unit 3 – Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 4 – Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry

Similarly, the Security Guarding training and CCTV training courses now comprise of 3 units (previously 2 units.  The ‘Working in the Private Security Industry’ is a common unit to CCTV operator’s, Door Supervisor’s and security guard’s training courses for SIA licence purposes.

There are now 4 examinations to prove the SIA competency requirement for licence as a door supervisor and certificates arrive in 2-3 weeks following the exams. You can apply for SIA licence and do not need to send your qualification certificate to the SIA; all that is necessary at this stage is a pass notification from us as your training provider. The SIA should already have you on their qualifications database by the time you apply for SIA licence.

Note that, you can either enrol on a Security Guarding course for SIA licence in that sector or Door Supervisors’ course or CCTV training course towards SIA licence for each sector; all of which are separate training courses undertaken in separate classes/sessions and have Communication Skills and Conflict Management as a 3rd part; with the exception of CCTV training course which has no conflict management unit, due to the nature of CCTV operator job.

These training courses have been developed by the awarding bodies and qualifications accredited by the Qualification Regulations Authority – QCA; placed within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and meet the training and licensing requirements of the Security Industry Authority, which regulates the Security Industry under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

The Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended) has made it compulsory for all those who work in the security industry to undergo training and possess a valid SIA licence. To get an SIA licence a candidate will have to show that they have successfully completed one or more of these SIA courses.

The Security Industry Authority (the-SIA) aims to increase level of skills, enhance professionalism in the Security Industry and improve public trust in those providing security services. Therefore, anyone carrying out frontline or non-frontline security roles including Door Supervision or Security Guarding roles must hold a valid SIA licence. The photo side of SIA licence (badge) will have to be on display while working as a Security guard or a door supervisor or CCTV Operator.

As for the owners or managers of licensed premises – Pubs, Nightclubs, Bars, Cinemas etc responsible for security and deciding on the suitability of patrons entering licensed premises; they must hold a valid Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence if they are to supervise or manage security at venues. It does not matter if you are the Licensee (owner) or the Designate Premises Supervisor you must hold a SIA licence (badge) should your job also involve dealing with conflicts in your Pubs, Clubs or any premises (open to the public) requiring local authority premises licence to operate, especially premises where service of alcohol is listed as an activity on the premises licence.

To obtain a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence you must complete a training course as a first step. This is knowledge based training in a classroom. You will have a Trainer who holds a teaching qualification; qualified and experienced in the security field. The trainer will use their experience of working in the security industry to demonstrate the theories behind the jobs of a Security Guard, Door Supervisor (aka bouncer) or CCTV operator depending on the SIA course in session.  This is reinforced with practical illustrations, simulations and scenarios to stimulate group work and improve learning. At the same time, you’ll receive all the knowledge required to successfully complete the exams as per your course material.

The trainer will attempt to transmit the contents of your SIA course material verbally, reinforced with practical scenarios to improve understanding and minimise the need for you to read the course materials and to accommodate all learning styles and abilities irrespective of language background.

The exams are usually sat on the last day of training. These exams are based on the training course materials provided on the first day of the course, tutor presentations and PowerPoint slides. You must pass all units of the SIA training course to achieve the qualification.

There is no requirement for any previous training, experience or qualification to enrol on SIA training course. All you need are as follows – photo ID (UK Driving Licence or Passport of any nationality), and any proof of address. Go here for details of SIA LICENCE REQUIREMENTS.

Following SIA training and exams and subsequent receipt of your certificates by post, you can apply for SIA licence. Even if your certificates are yet to arrive, but your trainer has confirmed ‘PASS’ results on your exams you can send off your SIA licence application as you await your certificate.

In the course of your training, we recommend that you visit the SIA website (ask your trainer for the web address when you arrive the training centre) to register and apply for SIA licence.

Should you choose to wait for the certificates to arrive, as soon as you receive it, you can register on SIA website and apply for SIA licence to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) who will then process your licence application form. In the first instance, they will send you an acknowledgement letter indicating that they have received your application form and return your supporting documents with this letter.

You can then approach Security companies for work with this SIA receipt-reply letter. You can present this letter to prospective employers while you wait for your SIA licence (badge).

It is important to point that not all Security companies will accept SIA reply letters. The SIA runs an “approved contractors’ scheme” and it is only the Security companies that are on this scheme that might consider you for work if you meet their requirements. Nonetheless, once you have received your SIA licence badge from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) you can legally work anywhere in the UK.  For immigration services, visa extensions and right to work enquiries visit www.libalaw.co.uk.

With your SIA licence you can also email us and request for employment advice. We can put you in touch with security employers for temporary or permanent security work.  We may also hire you if we have a vacancy.

In short, whether you are already working as a Security Guard a.k.a Security Officer or Door Supervisor, CCTV operator, but are yet to receive SIA training, or you are considering work as a Security Officer or Door Supervisor, you need to hold a SIA licence for any sector you want to work in.

It is unlawful to work as a Security guard or Door Supervisor without a Security Licence. Please go to either the Door Supervisor Training Courses or Security Guard Training Courses or CCTV training course pages if you have not received SIA training and need to book a training course.

We are also partners with some Security firms to ensure you are placed for work on qualification with SIA licence or SIA Acknowledgement letter; though this service cannot be guaranteed to all our trainees given that we train thousands of security guards each year.

For more SIA security licence course information or next available SIA training courses or to find out details of the other courses we offer, please use the course link above or contact us below.

M. Green

Door Supervisor

I hemmed and hawed before I decided to take my Door Supervision training course with SecurityHR. The main reason for my hesitation was the price. At the time, they were charging one of the lowest fee for the course @ £160 while others were charging as much as £250. So I decided I was going to save some money by taking a risk and registered for the course. Well, allow me to jump to the outcome. The course materials are very easy to read and digest and the tutor has a very good and unique teaching style with a good balance of practical session and theory - excellent. I now have my Door Supervisor license thanks to SecurityHR.

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