Oct 30th 2012 22 Comments 5549 Views
The private security industry in the UK is under the oversight of the SIA, or Security Industry Authority. This department is responsible for regulation and training of people interested in making a career in private security. The department was created in 2003.
The main duties of the SIA are twofold:
1. 1. Licencing of people entering private security
2. 2. Management of the Approved Contractor Scheme
There are several different sectors in which you can get licenced in private security. They include:
The two types of licenses available are the Front Line Licence and the Non-Front Line Licence.
The application fees for each are £220. This will get you a three-year licence. If you elect to get more than one licence, you can get a 50% discount on the secondary licences.
The SIA works with the UK Border Agency to verify the right to work for all applicants of SIA licences. However, employers are responsible for determining the right to work of their own employees. SIA will not be held responsible for employers who hire workers who don’t have the right to work in the UK.
A number of independently recognised standards have been established against which private security contractors are measured. If you or your organisation pass these standards, you receive an “Approved Contractor” status. The Approved Contractor Scheme, or ACS, is widely regarded as the ultimate in standards for the private security industry.
You have to be re-approved every 3 years, but you must register with the SIA every year. Each time you reregister, you must be independently assessed. Your ACS fees may be paid either before or after you apply for approval. Each year that you receive approval, you must pay the fee. The amount of your fee depends on the size of your organization.
Those are the application fees, which are paid once. After that, the annual registration fee is 15 pounds per person.
There are many different types of training programs, which you can enrol on in preparation for your SIA licence application, however it is best to check your requirements in full before choosing a training course. For more information on requirements then you can use the Home Office Step by Step guide which will display all the necessary documentation and qualifications needed.
For example if you are looking to work in Door Security then it is essential you pass a recognised Door Supervision course which will cover the main 4 modules required for a licence.
Alternatively if you are seeking work in the Close Protection sector then you are required to have upwards of 138 hours of CP training, including passing two training modules and an exam.
For a full range of certified training courses in all areas of security then see what is currently available in our Training Courses category or see our SIA Security training courses and get your license today.
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