What is a Key Holding Licence?
A Key Holding Licence is a licence given to an individual who is responsible for the safeguarding of keys to a property and premises.
A key holder can operate just in this function but will only be limited to this role and will not be able to perform other security functions such as conducting a search. In most instances the function of key holding is an added responsibility given to a trained SIA Security Guard with manned guarding experience.
What is a key holder?
A key holder is someone who holds a great deal of responsibility as they have been elected a position of authority in being in charge of the keys of a building or premises. This makes them accountable for the property and who enters the establishment.
In terms of other responsibilities of being a key holder, an individual may be called upon to open the premises at any given time at the behest of the property owner, this may include out of hours and in the event of an alarm being activated. However, they will not be authorised to intervine and instead will need to contact secruity or police.
NOTE – It is strongly recommended that individuals complete SIA training and obtain a Door Supervisor or Security Guard Licence, as this will allow individuals to perform full security functions such as manned guarding as well as perform key holding duties.
To be eligible for a Key Holding Licence, you must be 18 years of age, have the right to work in the UK. You will also have to pass identity and criminal background checks conducted by the SIA. No training is required to be a Key Holding Licence, however, if you perform other functions other then just key holder, then you will be required to undergo SIA training.
The Key Holding Licence costs £220 and the licence is valid for three years. The fee covers the cost of processing your application and is non-refundable.
How to apply for a Key Holding Licence
To apply for a Key Holding Licence you will need to go through the SIA Application Process.
REMEMBER – No form of SIA training is required to hold a Key Holding Licence, but should the holder perform other security duties or perform manned guarding functions then they will be in breach of their licence. In this instance they will have to undergo SIA training.