Security Guards (or Officers) work in a wide variety of roles in the private security industry. Usual roles include static guarding, manned guarding and key holding. You must attend and pass a course with one of our approved training providers to apply for your SIA Security Guard Licence.
The SIA Security Guarding course runs over 4 days and is divided into 3 units. You must sit an exam at the end of the course comprising of multiple choice questions. The course content includes:Unit 1:
NOTE: We strongly advise that you take the Door Supervisor course instead of the Security Guard course. Door Supervisors can cover all job roles associated with Security Guards. As a Security Guard, you will not be able in licensed premises and many job roles that require a Door Supervisor licence.
At the of the course, you will be assessed on the course units. The assessment format for each unit is broken down below:Unit 1 - Working in The Private Security Industry:
All of the assessments will be conducted within the course duration.
We understand that exams can be daunting or nervous for many candidates. Many candidates on the course have not done an examination for a long time. The trainer on the course will equip you with all the knowledge needed to pass.
Applying for your SIA Door Supervisor Licence can be broken down in the simple steps below:Step 1: Complete the Security Guard course
You do not need to provide any proof of your qualification as the SIA is able to check and validate qualifications electronically.
That's it! Once you complete all the steps above, sit back, relax and wait for your SIA badge to be posted to you.
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding
18 or above
SIA Security Guard Licence
3 multiple choice question exams
New entrants to the security industry
Static guarding only. Security guards are not permitted to work on licensed premises
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Yes, it is mandatory to get a Frontline SIA security guard licence to work in the UK’s as a security guard.
A non-frontline licence is required if you are a company director, managing, supervising or employing individuals that perform licensable activities in their job.