What is the CVIT Licence ?
The CVIT Licence, also known as the Cash and Valuables in Transit Licence, allows you to work as a security operative in the transit of cash and valuables in the private security industry. The licence is issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and is valid for 3 years. As a CVIT Operative, you will typically work as part of an operations team, transporting cash from one business to another. Key responsibilities include guarding property from damage or theft.
Do I need an SIA CVIT Licence?
You need an SIA CVIT Licence if you are carrying out licensable activities of a CVIT Operative. These activities include couriering or transferring money or valuables from one business to another, as well as being in charge of protecting such items from theft or destruction.
Note on exemptions
Unless your employer has been granted an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is illegal to carry out any licensable activity of a CVIT Operative without the necessary SIA Licence.
To be eligible for an SIA CVIT Licence, you need to have successfully completed the CVIT Operative Training Course and obtained the attached qualification: Level 2 Award for Working as a Cash and Valuables in Transit Operative within the Private Security Industry. You must also be over 18 years of age, have the right to work in the UK and have passed a criminal check.
How to apply for the SIA CVIT Licence
Getting your SIA CVIT Licence may seem complicated, but it’s actually straightforward! Follow these simple steps:
Pass the CVIT Operative Training Course
The CVIT Training Course takes 3 days to complete and is assessed by 2 multiple choice exams.
Complete the licence application on the SIA website
The cost of a licence application is £220. The SIA will get back to you within 25 working days. Depending on your criminal record, this can take up to 6 weeks. Note, If you currently hold an SIA Licence in another area and are adding the CVIT Licence, you will be eligible for a 50% discount. For further information, click here.
Complete identity checks
You will need to verify your identity as part of your SIA application. The easiest way to do this is at the Post Office.
Submit application and wait for the SIA to complete identity and criminal background checks
The SIA will check your identity and run background checks on your criminal record. If you have spent 6 months or more in another country, you will have to provide supporting evidence.
Receive your 3 year licence in the post
You are finally licensed! Your SIA CVIT Licence is valid for 3 years.
For further information about how the application process works, follow our detailed guide SIA Licence Application Process
Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) Training Course
To apply for the SIA CVIT Licence, you are required to complete a training course and pass the assessment. You will then receive a Level 2 Award for Working as a Cash and Valuables in Transit Operative within the Private Security Industry. This will enable you to apply for your SIA Licence.
The CVIT Training Course runs over 3 days and contains 2 Units:
- Cash Transportation - Industry Induction
- Cash and Valuables Transportation Industry Operations
Each unit is assessed by a multiple-choice exam, which means you will have to pass a total of 2 exams.
Cost of CVIT Licence
The SIA CVIT Licence is valid for 3 years and costs a non-refundable application processing fee of £220.
You might be eligible for a 50% discount
Sometimes a current SIA licence holder may require an additional licence. In such cases, the holder is elgible for a 50% discount on the application fee. For further information, see the SIA's Licensing Discount.
SIA Licence Renewal
To renew your CVIT Licence, you require no refresher training. You can simply renew your licence for a fee of £220 by contacting SIA directly.
You can start this process up to 4 months before the end of your current licence. Your new licence will not begin until your current one expires. For more information see the SIA Website on Licence Renewals.
SIA Licence Integration
The SIA allows certain licences to be applied to different areas. This means, for example, that holders of the Door Supervisor Licence can work as Security Guards. However, due to the nature of the CVIT Licence and its associated activities, Licence Integration does not apply.
Learn more about SIA licensing integration.
The SIA Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) Licence costs a non-refundable sum of £220. You will need to pay this directly to SIA - the licensing authority for the security industry.
To be eligible for the SIA CVIT (or SIA Cash and Valuables in Transit) Licence, you need to pass the CVIT Training Course, be at least 18 years old and have the right to live and work in the UK.
The CVIT Operator Course introduces you to the fundamentals of working in the security industry, including the legal framework and key procedures. It runs over 3 days and is a requirement for obtaining the SIA Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) Licence.
The SIA checks criminal backgrounds of applicants through a DBS check, as well as verifying their identity.
Having a criminal record does not mean you cannot apply for an SIA licence. The SIA makes a decision based on your conviction. It is always advisable to check with them before applying, as the application fee is non-refundable.
To be a CVIT Operative, or to carry out the licensable activities of a CVIT Operative, such as protecting cash or valuable while they are being transported, you will need to apply for a licence and complete the necessary training. You cannot currently use or integrate any other SIA Licences.
If you currently hold an SIA Licence, you will still have to pay for an additional one. However, you will be eligible for a 50% discount on the £220 application fee.
According to the SIA website, it takes 25 working days to process a licence application. In some cases, this can take up to 6 weeks due to additional security checks.
The SIA Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) Licence allows you to work for security companies that are involved in the transfer of cash from one business to another.
It is illegal to work in the private security industry without the necessary SIA Licence. In some cases, employers are granted exemptions under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
To renew your SIA CVIT Licence, you do not need to take any refresher training. You can simply start a renewal application on the SIA website.
It will cost £220 to renew your SIA licence. Your new licence will last for 3 years.