The SIA are making some changes, these changes will happen in April and October 2021.

Help for Learners

The changes are:

Why are we making these changes?

We need to make sure that people working in the private security industry can:

New requirement: first aid training

We already expect applicants for a close protection licence to complete a first aid qualification before taking their licence-linked training.

From 1 April 2021, we will also expect applicants for a door supervisor or security guard licence to do the same.

You will need to do this if either of the following apply:

From 1 October 2021, you will also need to do this if you are renewing your licence.

The qualification must be an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification or equivalent.

What do we mean by “equivalent”?

We will accept other qualifications that comply with the relevant guidance from the Health and Safety Executive. Some examples are:

Your training provider can tell you more about this.

New requirement: top-up training

From 1 October 2021, you must have one of the following before you can apply for a door supervisor or security guard licence:

This applies to any applications submitted on or after 1 October, including renewals. If you submit your application before this date, you will not need take additional training.

Other changes

More relevant course material

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

We have introduced new sector-specific content – for example:

More practical assessments

We have increased the number of practical elements in the training to help learners reinforce their knowledge. The practical assessments include:

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