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Step By Step Guide To Apply For Your SIA Licence

Step By Step Guide To Apply For Your SIA Licence


What is an SIA Licence and why do you need it?

If you want a career in the UK security industry, then you need an SIA Licence. An SIA Licence is required if you wish to work as a Door Supervisor, Security Guard, Bodyguard or CCTV Operator. SIA Licences are a legal requirement because it helps the security industry monitor its standards and clamp down on criminality.

What is the Security Industry?

Working in the security industry means having to protect people, property or assets. As a security professional you are responsible for the safety of the public. Job opportunities range from working as a CCTV Operator, Door Supervisor, Security Guard and Close Protection Officer. Security industry professionals help to prevent risks, deter crime and report any crime they encounter.

What are the Requirements?

  • You are over 18 years old
  • You hold the valid SIA training qualification
  • You have documents to prove your identity
  • You have the right to work in the UK

The SIA criminal record check

The toughest part of the SIA license application is the criminality check. Because having a criminal record does not mean you will not receive your SIA licence, the crimes you may have committed will be assessed on certain factors.

The crime’s frequency, duration and intensity will be considered when you apply for your license. If you fail, you’ll receive the check result, and this means you’re disqualified. Because failure of criminality checks means you won’t get your SIA licence, it is advisable to do that before booking any courses.

What training is required to get the Licence?

Get Licensed offers the best training courses for you to take so you can obtain your SIA Licence. The security training courses Get Licensed offers are Door Supervisor, Security Guard, Close Protection and CCTV.

What documents are required for SIA Licence Application?

The SIA will give you instructions for the types of documents needed for the application. You must provide original copies of each. There are two categories of documents: Group A and Group B.

Group A:

  • Current and valid UK passport
  • Signed valid passport of any other nationality
  • Driving license photocard if it was issued by the DVLA in Great Britain.
  • Driving license photocard and its paper counterpart issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
  • UK original birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth
  • UK biometric residence permit card

Group B:

  • Bank or building society statement issued within the last three months.
  • Utility bill issued within the last three months
  • A credit card statement sent to your current address within the last three months
  • Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Letter from H.M. Revenue & Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service, or local authority issued within the last three months. You can submit more than one letter as long as each is issued by a different Government department or a different local authority.
  • P45 statement of income for tax purposes on leaving a job issued in the last 12 months.
  • P60 annual statement of income for tax purposes issued in the last 12 months.
  • Current UK driving license – paper version (not the paper counterpart to a photocard).
  • Driving license photocard (without a paper counterpart) issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
  • Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in last 12 months.
  • Valid UK firearms license with photo.

What are the steps required to get an SIA Licence?

Step 1

Decide what license you want

Step 2

Find and book your training course with Get Licensed

Step 3

Apply for your SIA license after successful completion of the course and passing the exam

How to work in the security sector

If you are interested in working in the security sector, whether it be as a Door Supervisor, Security Guard or CCTV Operative, you will need to obtain an SIA License.

To obtain an SIA License, you will need to complete a course. Once you have completed the course, will you then be able to apply for an SIA License and work in the security sector.


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