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After successfully passing the relevant SIA Training course with our training provider you may apply for the SIA Licence, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied the training requirement - you will not be granted a licence unless you do so.
The following SIA training activities are licensable:
It normally takes around six weeks for each application to be processed; this time starts from when a correctly completed SIA licence application form is received (when SIA receives a correctly-completed application, they will write to the candidate in order to confirm).
It usually takes one to two working days for a correctly completed application to be checked and scanned on to the SIA's system. Because of the high volume of applications being received this process can take approximately five working days. Complex applications (for example, applications subject to Criminal Records Bureau or qualification enquiries and those requiring overseas criminality checks) may take longer than six weeks to process.
A decision will then be reached on whether to issue a licence. They write explaining their decision and, if successfully granted, a licence will be issued to cover you for a period of three years.
WARNING: It is a legal requirement for anyone working in the United Kingdom security industry to have the necessary training and qualification, accredited by the Security Industry Authority. To practice in the industry without a valid SIA Licence is a criminal offence, which means you could be fined and even put in prison.
SIA takes allegations of training malpractice very seriously indeed and takes prompt action to suspend licences after receiving information from any awarding body. Training is an essential part of the licensing process, ensuring that all those working in the security industry are properly equipped to carry out their role. Any person found to have been complicit in malpractice will have their licence revoked. If you suspect any malpractice with your training provider, please report to us immediately.
When you send the SIA, your application form you will also need to send certain supporting documentation. click here to view SIA's checklist for details on what is required. The cost of applying for SIA licence is £220.
To learn more about SIA licensing criteria click here.
If you are applying for an SIA Licence for the first time, please use the form on SIA website, once the form is submitted you can take your identity documents to one of 750 post offices to complete the application.
Check your applicationVerify and return your documents, Capture a digital photograph with an electronic signature Process the payment.
The post office will forward the verified application to the SIA to complete.
The service with the Post Office makes application process economical and convenient; most applicants will no longer need to post valuable documents and supply a photograph, saving them extra money.
If you are renewing your SIA Licence please use the SIA's telephone service.Apply for SIA License
SIA have now launced in e-Fill SIA Licence service, you can use this service to fill the application form online
One out of every ten SIA Licence application is returned due to incorrectly completed SIA Licence application form. If you have completed your sia licence training course with Get Licensed's listed training providers, our dedicated in house SIA licencing consultant will provide you with one to one advice and guidance to apply for your SIA Licence.
We also help security companies and employment led funding oragnisations by providing them a one stop solution from delivering quality sia training to managing bulk sia licence applications.
If you are an individual looking to get an SIA Licence, an employer looking for quality SIA training or a government funded oragnisation looking get your clients trained and become more employable, Call Get Licensed on 0207 078 7259 and let us guide you in the right direction.
“I managed to find an SIA training centre that was really convenient for me to get to and within a couple of weeks I was being trained. Get Licensed were brilliant, they even helped me make sure I filled out the application form for my SIA License correctly.” - M Williams Birmingham.
You can work as soon as you receive an acknowledgement letter from the SIA, which can take 2 weeks following your SIA license application. However not all Security companies will accept SIA reply letters acknowledging your SIA license application.
After getting licensed, you can easily look for a well paid job in the security industry which is most suitable for your qualification.
See more Security jobs and their benefits at: http://www.get-licensed.co.uk/security-jobs/.