DO I NEED SECURITY GUARD LICENSE?
A Security Guard license is required if you undertake the licensable activities of a security guard and your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.
Unless your employer or company has been given an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is illegal to undertake the licensable activities of a security guard operative without an SIA licence.
An unarmed security officer personally guards, patrols or watches another person’s property. They do this without a guard dog or weapon.
- In-house security (guard, patrol or watch the employer’s property)
- Guarding property against destruction or damage or against being stolen
COST OF SECURITY GUARD LICENCE
The Security guard licence application fee is £220 for a three year licence and non-refundable.
SECURITY GUARD TRAINING & LICENCE APPLICATION
When you apply for a front line Security Guard licence you must show that you have had the suitable training. In details, you must hold one of the qualifications below, or one of the older licence-linked qualifications:
- Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry
- Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF level 6
To be eligible for a security guard licence, you must:
- Be 18 years or older
- Pass an identity & criminal check
- Have the required training qualification.
The Security Guard training course at Get Licensed market online runs over 4 days and is divided into 3 units:
- Working in the Private Security Industry
- Working as a Security Guard and Conflict Management
On the final day of the course there will be 3 multiple choice exams (one for each unit) designed to test your knowledge of the content taught during the course.
Read more about the SIA Licence Application Process
There are no requirements to take refresher training if you currently have a licence and you are looking to renew it.
In some cases, the SIA allows the individuals who meet licensing criteria for one licensable activity to carry out other licensable activities.
People who have a close protection licence can work as door supervisors.
People who have a door supervisor licence can work as security guards, CCTV operators, and keyholders.
Learn more about SIA licensing integration.