Security Guard Training
Did you know Security Officers play a crucial role in our society by protecting the public and property? With an SIA Security Guard Licence, so can you.
We make getting your SIA Licence a simple and stress-free process ✅
Know your Security Guard job options
Flexibility, authority, and a job market crying out for skills like yours. No doubt about it, there are numerous roles available to you with an SIA Security Guard Licence, including:
✅ Manned Guarding
✅ Patrol Officer
✅ Site Security
✅ Retail Security Officer
✅ Building Reception
Career Progression for Security Officers
Security Officers enjoy a lot of flexibility in their work. You might benefit from that flexibility by using your SIA Licence to earn around your other commitments.
However, you can also continue your professional development in security work in several directions, and become:
✅ Security Supervisor
✅ Security Manager
✅ Contract Manager
✅ Facilities Manager
Many, if not all, senior employees of large security companies started their careers in manned guarding roles.
The Security Guard Course is the first step to getting your SIA Security Guarding Licence, which allows you to work in the private security industry as a Security Officer.
Security Officers can work in a wide variety of roles, including static guarding, manned guarding and key-holding.
Security Guard Course Content
The SIA Security Guard Course runs over 4 days and is divided into 3 units:
Unit 1: Working in The Private Security Industry
Unit 2: Working as a Security Officer
Unit 3: Conflict Management for The Private Security Industry
PLEASE NOTE – From 1st April 2021 you must have a relevant first aid qualification before you can take Security Guard training. It needs to be an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate or higher.
Exams can give you a feeling of being under pressure, but trust us when we say there's nothing to worry about. Your training instructor will guide and prepare you for everything the exams could possibly cover, and remember that we're 100% supporting your success too!
Understanding the difference between Security Guards and Door Supervisors
If you're wondering the difference between Security Guarding and Door Supervision, they key difference is Security Guards cannot work as Door Supervisors. However, Door Supervisors can work as Security Guards.
Why is that? It all comes down to the level of training. The first 3 units of both of these SIA qualifications are the same, but Door Supervisors learn an extra unit on their course (Physical Intervention).
This additional unit is what allows them to work in more job roles, while also qualifying them for Security Guard jobs. It's why we always recommend the Door Supervisor Course over the Security Guard Course for anyone who wants to get working fast in security.
We strongly recommend all our customers considering the Security Guard training course to instead consider the Door Supervisor Training Course. Qualified Door Supervisors can legally work in all of the same roles as Security Guards, but also work in licensed premises such as bars, clubs, events and festivals. A Door Supervisor qualification will give you a far bigger choice of jobs and will increase your chances of finding work fast.
How your SIA Security Guard course works
The first step to your next job as a Security Officer begins with your training.
Throughout your SIA Security Guard training, we’ll walk you through the process, giving you the support and materials to help you get your Security Guard SIA Licence.
To get started...
✅ Book your course
✅ Complete the training
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SIA Security Guard Licence application process
You can read the entire licensing process in detail here.
After passing the SIA Security Guard licence course with one of our training providers, you can apply for the SIA Security Guard badge. The current cost of the licence is £220, paid directly to the SIA. The licence is valid for 3 years.
The licencing process is as follows:
Get certified by passing your course.
Complete your SIA application online.
Visit your nearby Post Office.
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