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Changes Are Coming — Act Now

Changes Are Coming — Act Now


On April 1st, new changes will come into effect regarding the SIA licence. It means that everyone that takes the new SIA course will now also complete new components to their licence. 

Why are the changes happening, and what are they? 

The changes provide a more robust skill set for those entering the profession. The elements included are:

  • Health and Safety procedures
  • Communication skills
  • Incident management 
  • Citizens’ arrest 
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Emergency procedures
  • Record keeping
  • COVID-19

These changes are aimed at keeping professionals working in the private security industry safer. As well as the general public. 

You can book top-up training from April 1st to make sure you have the same level of qualification as those entering the profession. 

I already have an SIA licence. Do I need to update it? 

The answer to this is yes and no. If you already have your licence, it is still entirely legal for you to work without the new top-up and first aid element. So, no, you don’t need to act straight away. 

However, it is beneficial as the top-up training will boost your confidence and ability to manage situations.

Don’t get overlooked by employers

However, you don’t want that experience to be overlooked. Companies wishing to be compliant may begin to favour newbies with the new licence over you and your experience.   

Pubs and clubs that might have their fair share of alcohol-related incidents may seek door personnel with the new licence. This is especially true since casual staff, such as bar people, don’t usually have first aid training.  

Large stores employing private security people typically have plenty of first aid qualified staff indoors. But, there are still incidents that happen in car parks where door personnel will be quicker to the scene. Plenty of trips, slips, falls, fingers trapped in car doors, and general emergencies happen in car parks. So, even these employers will be looking for security professionals with the new top-up elements, including COVID training. 

Emergency First Aid At Work

The new Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) element to the SIA exam is easy to learn. The course will be covered in one day, but it is a huge life skill. After which you will be able to respond quickly and effectively at the scene of a first aid emergency such as:

  • Trips, slips & falls
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Heart Attacks
  • Injuries sustained from a fight
  • Overdose from drugs or alcohol
  • Burns & scalds

Why else should I take the EFAW course? 

You never know when you might be at the scene of a first aid emergency. Household injuries are common, including burns and falls. Choking is a common first aid emergency. And first aid crises such as a heart attack or stroke are also common among older people. 

The more people that know first aid in our communities, the better. While no one wants to witness a first aid emergency, if it’s a loved one and you can save the day — then you’ll be so glad you learned first aid while taking your SIA exam. 

What to do next

To update your SIA licence with the EFAW course, simply click the link below. We will send the details of the one-day course you can take nearest to you. Why not make a head start and watch the free video below, which covers the first aid course basics? You can then book your EFAW course for just £99.

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  1. I have twenty years working in the industry and held SIA front line Door Supervisor Card that ran out in 2019. I have been into education running a Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety. I am now available to start work as a Door Supervisor, I have first aid at work certificate, I am a candidate with experience and certificate in customer service and experience in first aid. I’m also a Certified Biometric and Surveillance Professional (CBSP) and indeed possesses everything required to work in the industry. Please confirm if I will complete the up-skilling course and if yes how as I am currently unemployed

    1. Hey Benson, thank you for your interest in joining the security industry again.
      If your licence ran out in early 2019, the SIA requires you to take the complete SIA Door Supervisor course again. However, if it was late 2019, then you only need to take the Top-up course. It would be best to call us on 0207 078 7259 and share the exact date of your licence expiry so that we can assist you accordingly.


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