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.