HOW TO APPLY FOR AN SIA LICENCE
WITH NIGERIAN PASSPORT

Are you a Nigerian Passport holder seeking employment in the UK's security industry? This page helps you navigate the SIA Licence application process and opens the door to various security roles in the UK.

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Benefits

The benefits of holding an SIA Licence

Skill recognition

Your SIA Licence formally validates your skills and training, making you a more attractive candidate for employers.

Job opportunities

Enter a diverse array of security roles, from door supervision to close protection.

Earning potential

Enjoy the possibility of higher wages and better job security compared to positions that don't require a licence.

How to apply

 

01
Book and pass the training

Kickstart your career in the UK's security industry by enrolling in and successfully completing one of our specialised training courses.


02
Gather required documents

Before you start the application, have all the necessary documents ready. This includes your Nigerian Passport, BRP card (Biometric Residence Permits), proof of address, and Police Clearance Certificate from Nigeria if applicable.


03
Visit the official SIA website to begin your application

The application fee is £184, and you should expect a response within 25 working days. For Nigerian Passport holders, make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date for identity verification.


04
Complete background checks

If you've spent significant time outside the UK, you may be required to provide additional documentation, such as Nigerian police clearances or other evidence of your overseas residence.


05
Receive your SIA Licence, valid for 3 years, in the post

Congratulations! You are now licensed to work in the UK's security industry. Keep your licence renewed to ensure continuous employment eligibility.

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Let’s get you booked on a course and kick start your journey to get the SIA Licence within 6 weeks or less!

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Find the right licence

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
  • Patrol Officer
  • Security Officer
  • CCTV Operator
  • Retail Security
  • Nightclub/Doorman
  • Revenue Protection
  • Static Security Guard
  • Control Room Officer
  • Security Concierge
  • Bodyguard
  • VIP Security
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Door Supervisor

Door Supervisor Licence

Earn up to £3000 per month working as a Door Supervisor or Corporate Security Guard

Security Guarding

Security Guarding

Get your SIA Security Guard Licence and work as a Security Officer for shops, offices and more.

CCTV

CCTV

Work in a huge variety of roles including: CCTV Operative, Security Supervisor

Close Protection

Close Protection

Get your Close Protection Licence, protect VIP’s and earn £200 to £400 a day.

Career & Earning potential
How much can you earn?

Earning Potential

£10 - 14 per hour
£24 - 40k per annum

Earning Potential

£10 - 14 per hour
£24 - 40k per annum

Earning Potential

£10 - 12 per hour
£24 - 32k per annum

Earning Potential

£50 - 100 per hour
£40k - 60k per annum

Where can you work?

Where can you work?

Retail, Events, Offices, Licensed premises, Static guarding, Manned guarding - covers all Security Guarding roles

Where can you work?

Static guarding, Manned guarding, Key-holding, Retail

Where can you work?

CCTV operator, Control room, Public space surveillance

Where can you work?

Bodyguard, VIP security, Maritime, Asset protection, International assignments

Training & Costs
Training duration
The length of the course

Course Length

6 days

Course Length

4 days

Course Length

3 days

Course Length

14 days

Training fee
Cost of the training and exam
(*Prices inclusive of VAT)

Training from

from £239.99

(*Prices inclusive of VAT)

Training from

from £189.99

(*Prices inclusive of VAT)

Training from

from £219.99

(*Prices inclusive of VAT)

Training from

from £1,200

(*Prices inclusive of VAT)
SIA licence fee
Cost of the SIA application

SIA Application cost

£184

SIA Application cost

£184

SIA Application cost

£184

SIA Application cost

£184

Time to recover costs
How long you have to work
before you recover the costs

Time to recover costs

6 days

Time to recover costs

5 days

Time to recover costs

5 days

Time to recover costs

4 days

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Find all the information you need to navigate the application process, document
requirements, and other essentials, specifically tailored for your nationality

SIA Licence Cost

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 discounted rate.

The costs of the SIA card is non-refundable, so ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and correct licences before applying.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Yes, a current and valid Nigerian Passport can serve as your primary identity document during the SIA application process.

Your SIA Licence is valid for 3 years. To maintain your employment eligibility, it’s crucial to apply for a renewal before your current licence expires. Keep tabs on the expiry date and begin the renewal process in good time.

The roles that you can undertake will depend on which SIA licence you have. A holder of an SIA CCTV Licence can watch public images but can’t work as a security guard. In the same way a holder of an SIA Door Supervisor licence can’t work as a CCTV Operative.

It can take 25 working days to process a licence application. In some cases, this can take up to 6 weeks due to additional security checks.

It is illegal to work in the security industry without an SIA Licence. However, some employers can qualify for exemptions under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

To apply for an SIA Licence, you must be at least 18 years old. All other eligibility criteria also apply.

You may apply for a non-frontline SIA licence without passing the course. For all frontline roles such as Security Guarding, Door Supervisor, CCTV Operator, Close Protection etc you must pass the course before applying for the licence.
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