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SIA Licence Application Process



SIA Application process

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SIA Licence Application


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:

  • - Cash and Valuable in Transit
  • - Close Protection
  • - Door Supervision
  • - Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
  • - Security Guard
  • - Vehicle Immobilisation

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.

SIA Licence withdrawal or suspension

SIA can withdraw or suspend your licence at any time if you fail to meet the licensing requirements.

Documents required for SIA Licence

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.

Applying for SIA licence application

From 24th March 2014, The SIA will no loner accept paper based SIA Applications.

New SIA Licence Applications:

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.

The post office will:

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.

Renewing your SIA Licence

If you are renewing your SIA Licence please use the SIA's telephone service.

Apply for SIA License

Fill your SIA Licence application online

SIA have now launced in e-Fill SIA Licence service, you can use this service to fill the application form online

How can we help you obtain an SIA Licence?

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.

SIA Security Jobs after you get licensed?

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/.

SIA Licensing Ratings & Reviews

AshleehillApril 05,2013

one star one star one star one star one star

Never thought that as a female I would enjoy a security training - But seriously was proved wrong last week. Very Informative and enjoyable training, I don't even know how and when the four days ended. Already recommended my friends to book a course and got it discounted too :D 

ScottieFebruary 21,2013

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RossskehanJanuary 06,2013

one star one star one star one star one star

Booked my training; then original date was rescheduled but was informed beforehand. Disappointed but after training, it was worth the wait. I passed my exams first time. The customer service was very good, I got phone calls, text messages and email with all the course info before the day. Very helpful.

MafmafJanuary 04,2013

one star one star one star one star one star

I signed up with Get Licensed based on recommendation from a friend in the industry. He told me that I will get my money's worth and that I will pass the SIA license exams first time because of the quality of training. He was right on both. Get Licensed will defnitely be recommended by me.

ThamanDecember 11,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

The venue was comfortable for the number of attendees, there was enough room for everybody to move around however the parking sucks big time. It was expensive.

Our trainer was really helpful and very accommodating. He answered every question that we raised and gave clear instructions. He even shared with us a handful of experiences that gave us a better picture of what it IS REALLY LIKE to be a door supervisor.

Not the cheapest but I don't think it's that bad. I mean, compared to other companies who offer the same training, I believe that Get Licensed does not offer their prices too low or too high. But when you consider the great experiences that you get from the DS Course, you can say that their price is cheap!

Results - it took 2 weeks to get the results. But heck, who cares ? As long as I pass it, I don't care if it takes a month! (but not more than that).

Recommendations - overall great experience but perhaps you can start hiring more people to answer your phone. Didn't like waiting on hold.

LeslieRDecember 06,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

I was the only female in the class so I was unsure about how the training would go. As soon as our instructor started the training, I immediately felt accommodated and the other guys in the class all turned out to be awesome! The instructor was very supportive and helped me with courses that I find difficulty with (particularly physical intervention). Just waiting for my results and hopefully I'll be applying for my licence soon. Get Licensed will definitely get recommended by me.

RobthedudeDecember 02,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

I'd definitely recommend Get Licensed. I really enjoyed my training, learned a lot and passed first time. I've now applied for my licence and I already have a job lined up. Brilliant!

BenzahNovember 21,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

As far as I can recall my first experience with get-licensed was excellent and very informative ! But a month back I got a call informing me that I have to go though 1 day training again or SIA will cancel my license. I was really upset but after meeting my trainer and going though the retraining, honestly it was good to go though it again. It was more of a 'refresher course' for me plus better when its free ! Cheers !

ThisisausNovember 02,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

I did my course with James. I absolutely enjoyed it especially the last day of the course which is the physical action day. I am highly satisfied having passed all the exams.

SilenceofOctober 25,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

I really enjoyed the course with Tom in Chelmsford. I got an email confirming I have passed this morning so very joyful. I have a job ready for me in Basildon once I get my licence so I am glad everything went well. Thanks to the staff at get licensed and once again many thanks to Tom.

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