HABC Level 2 Award in Working as a Security Officer:   

Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognised qualification before applying for a licence.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Working as a Security Officer (QCF) has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). It is based on the relevant SIA Specifications for Learning and Qualifications and provides the learner with the necessary knowledge and understanding for those who wish to apply for an SIA licence and work as a security guard within the private security industry.

Subjects covered include the roles and responsibilities of security officers, patrolling, search procedures, security systems, communication, reporting and record keeping, legislation and its relevance to the role, avoiding conflict and reducing personal risk, reducing risk of conflict, effective communication and problem solving strategies.

 

The qualification comprises three mandatory units:

Unit 1 – Working in the Private Security Industry

Unit 2 – Working as a Security Officer

Unit 3 – Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry

 

Unit 1: Core Learning for Common Security Industry Knowledge = “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

Unit 2: “Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry”

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of Security Officers
  • Session 2: Patrolling
  • Session 3: Access and Egress Control
  • Session 4: Searching
  • Session 5: Technology and Systems in the Security Environment
  • Session 6: The Security Officer and The Law
  • Session 7: Communicating, Reporting and Record Keeping

Conflict Management Module

  • Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
  • Session 2: Defusing Conflict
  • Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
  • Session 4: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Security Guarding and Close Protection

  

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How is the qualification assessed?

It is divided into 3 units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations. These units are as follows:

 UNIT 1: Working in the Private Security Industry

Assessed by a 1 hour, 40 question 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 Security Officer:

Assessed by a 1 hour & 15mins, 45 question multiple-choice examination.

Candidates must achieve a score of at least 33 out of 45 to pass this unit. (Allowed up to 13 questions wrong)

 

 UNIT 3. Conflict Management for 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)

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Source: SIA  (Security Industry Authority):  http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/training-sg.aspx

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