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It is a legal requirement to get an SIA licence to work in the private security industry. Learn how you can apply for your licence and work legally as a Door Supervisor, CCTV Operator, Security Guard or Close Protection Officer.
It is a legal requirement to hold an SIA licence for certain security roles.
SIA licence builds trust, verifies training for security personnel.
SIA licence improves job prospects, demonstrates essential skills.
SIA licence trains individuals for professional, responsible security duties.
Depending upon the type of Course, it may take around 6 days to complete. The training course is assessed by multiple choice exams and a practical assessment.
The cost of starting a licence application is £184. The SIA will get back to you within 25 working days. In rare cases, this can take up to 6 weeks.
You will need to verify your identity to satisfy parts of your SIA application, namely your photo ID. The easiest way to do this is at the Post Office. You can also have someone with a British passport, who is not related to you, to sign the back of your photo ID.
The SIA will verify your identity and run a background check on your criminal record. If you have lived abroad for 6 months or more, you may be required to provide some supporting evidence.
You are finally licensed! Your SIA Licence is valid for 3 years.
The training and licence you need depends on the career path you want to go on.
Select a job role to view the right licence
Door Supervisor Licence
Earn up to £3000 per month working as a Door Supervisor or Corporate Security Guard
Get your SIA Security Guard Licence and work as a Security Officer for shops, offices
Work in a huge variety of roles including: CCTV Operative, Security Supervisor
Get your Close Protection Licence, protect VIP’s and earn £200 to £400 a day.
£10 - 14 per hour £24 - 40k per annum
£10 - 12 per hour £24 - 32k per annum
£50 - 100 per hour £40k - 60k per annum
Where can you work?
Retail, Events, Offices, Licensed premises, Static guarding, Manned guarding - covers all Security Guarding roles
Static guarding, Manned guarding, Key-holding, Retail
CCTV operator, Control room, Public space surveillance
Bodyguard, VIP security, Maritime, Asset protection, International assignments
SIA Application cost
Time to recover costs
The cost of applying for an SIA Licence is £184. If
you already hold a
valid SIA Badge
you can apply for another at a
The costs of the SIA card is non-refundable, so ensure that you have all the necessary
documentation and correct
licences before applying.
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