In order to obtain an SIA licence you will need to show that you are trained to the right level. This applies to front-line staff only.
To get one of the qualifications linked to door supervisor licensing, you will need to attend and take four training modules and pass three multiple-choice exams, and one True or False exam. The minimum contact hours for this qualification are 32.5 hours of the required 45 guided learning hours. (as detailed below).
Unit 1: Core Learning for `Working within The Private Security Industry`:
- Session 1: Awareness of the Law in the Private Security Industry
- Session 2: Health and Safety for the Private Security Operative
- Session 3: Fire Safety Awareness
- Session 4: Emergency Procedures
- Session 5: The Private Security Industry
- Session 6: Communication Skills and Customer Care
Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry`:
- Session 1: Behavioural Standards
- Session 2: Civil and Criminal Law
- Session 3: Searching
- Session 4: Arrest
- Session 5: Drugs Awareness
- Session 6: Recording Incidents and Crime Preservation
- Session 7: Licensing Law
- Session 8: Emergency Procedures
Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry`:
- Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
- Session 2: Defusing Conflict
- Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
- Session 4b: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Door Supervisors
Unit 4: Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry:
- Session 1: Introduction to Physical Skills
- Session 2: Disengagement Techniques
- Session 3: Escorting Techniques
How is the qualification assessed?
It is divided into 4 units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations, a theoretical assessment and a practical assessment. These units are as follows:
UNIT 1: Working within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a 1 hour, 40 questions multiple-choice examination.
Candidates must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit. (Allowed up to 12 questions wrong)
UNIT 2: Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry:
Assessed by a 1 hour & 15 minutes, 45 question multiple-choice examination.
Candidates must achieve a score of at least 32 out of 45 to pass this unit. (Allowed up to 13 questions wrong)
UNIT 3. Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry:
Assessed by a 30 minute, 20 question multiple-choice examination.
Candidates must achieve a score of at least 14 out of 20 to pass this unit. (Allowed up to 6 questions wrong)
UNIT 4. Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry:
Assessed in two parts:
Part one is an externally set x23 True or False questions paper, as well as a 15 multiple-choice question paper (with 4 allowed to be wrong);
Part two is an externally set and internally assessed practical assessment.
Licence Renewals and Training
You don’t need to re-take your training if you currently hold a licence and you are looking to renew it. However, if you attained your qualification before the current ones were introduced (Summer 2010) then you won’t have undertaken some of the training that people with the newer qualifications will have received.
If this applies to you then you will need to pass the ‘Up-Skilling for Door Supervisors’ award before you can renew your licence. The award involves one day of training in physical intervention as well as self-study on topics such as first aid, awareness of terrorist threats and considerations in dealing with children and young people. It is available from training providers offering the licence-linked door supervision qualification.
The physical intervention training included in this award has been available as a stand-alone unit since June 2010. If you have previously completed this training then you will not need to repeat it; you can submit your existing certificate to the training provider and ask for it to be recognised as prior learning. However, you will still need to complete a self-study workbook and pass an assessment in order to gain the qualification.
If you hold a door supervisor licence but carry out the licensable activities of a security guard (that is, you do not work in relation to licensed premises) then you may choose to change to a security guard licence when your licence comes up for renewal. You will not have to take additional training in order to do so, just request ‘Security Guard’ on your renewal application (Section B – Application Type).
Source: SIA (Security Industry Authority): http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/training-ds.aspx