On the 1st April 2021, the Security Industry Authority introduced new, updated qualifications for all sectors except close protection and vehicle immobilisation.
The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public and it is more important than ever that the industry maintains and improves its standards. The updates reflect the current risks that a licensed security operative may come across in their work. It is important that all licence holders have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks, especially in safety critical areas.
All currently licensed Door Supervisors and Security Guards will also need to complete the additional top-up training before they can renew their SIA Licence from 1st October 2021.
An Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (*or equivalent) must also be completed before taking the top-up training. The requirement for first aid training will improve your skills as an SIA licence holder. It will not change the obligations you have when responding to an emergency.
These changes apply to any front line applications submitted on or after 1 October, including renewals. If you submit your application before this date, you will not need to take additional training.
What do the new changes mean for your application/renewal?