Be confident in your SIA licence training
As the Security Industry Authority suspends more than 130 licences, here’s how to make sure you achieve your licence the right way
When you study for a professional licence, such as the Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence, you want to know that your new qualification is genuine. After all, without an SIA licence, you won’t be able to work in jobs such as door supervision, security guarding and close protection.
Last month, the SIA suspended more than 130 SIA licences as part of a criminal investigation after it was discovered that the licence holders might not have gained those security qualifications legitimately.
“We must ensure that all licence holders can carry out their roles professionally and safely,” said Nicholas Banks, head of licensing and service delivery at SIA. “If we find evidence that there is any doubt about the legitimacy of licence-linked training, we will take robust action to ensure public safety.”
Such actions include the suspension or revocation of licences, or demanding that a security professional retake their qualifications. If they fail to do this, they risk having their application withdrawn or losing their licence.
Working in a contracted security job without holding and displaying an up-to-date SIA licence can have serious consequences. In October, a doorman at a pop-up bar in Poole and the head of the security company employing him were prosecuted when it was discovered that the doorman was working without an SIA licence. The doorman was fined more than £300 and now has a criminal record.
Though the SIA does not offer training directly, it does authorise select organisations, including Free2Learn, to do so on its behalf. It is vital that when choosing where to study, you should select a qualified educator that has backing from the SIA.
If you are considering a career in one of the key seven security roles – Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT), Close Protection (CP), Door Supervision (DS), Public Space Surveillance (CCTV), Security Guarding (SG), Vehicle Immobilisation (VI) or Key Holding (KH) – you will need an up-to-date SIA licence. For a training provider you can trust and a qualifications to be proud of, study for your SIA licence with Free2Learn.
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