Nightclub Doorman

A nightclub door supervisor has a far more complex job than you might think. In general, they check ID and uphold the safety of people at the entrances of clubs, pubs, bars and licensed premises. You can earn up to £2,500 per month working full-time. Door supervisors look for people who illegally try to enter venues underage, but also check if people are drunk, are using drugs or hiding weapons. Nightclub door supervisors also check tickets, protect VIPs, and sometimes check if customers are wearing the correct dress code for the venue.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week (usually includes weekends)


SIA Door Supervisor licence

Total cost

Between £340 and £500, including your licence fee

How to become a Nightclub Doorman

To work as a door supervisor, you need to have your SIA Door Supervisor License. You can’t work as a door supervisor if you only have an SIA Security Guard License.

Why is this the rule? It’s because the Door Supervisor License allows you to work at venues that are licensed to sell alcohol, like pubs and nightclubs.

Remember, its part of your job as a door supervisor to check how drunk customers are, especially because that affects how safe the venue is during your shift.

Most people entering a club will have had a drink or two. But after a certain limit, being drunk is not acceptable. Customers in this state will make your shift harder, and the venue far less enjoyable for everyone else.

Luckily, your Door Supervisor Course gives you training for dealing with intoxicated people, in terms of both first aid and conflict management. 


Course cost

The cost of the course starts at £199.99 and takes just 6 days. After you pass the course, you need to apply for and pay for your license, which you can easily do at a local post office or online. The cost of an SIA License for 3 years is £190. That means the total cost of the course and the license is £390. 


Legal Requirements

To get an SIA license, you need to: 

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have proof that you’re allowed to work in the UK
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a mental health check 
  • Have passed your SIA training course

You can find out more about the mental health requirements as well as the criminal background check in other blogs on the site.

Become a Nightclub Doorman

Start a successful career as a Nightclub Doorman by following these steps:

Book your Door Supervisor course

This is the first step to become a Nightclub Doorman.

Pass the course

The course consists of three multiple choice exams and a physical assessment.

Apply for your SIA Door Supervisor licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Nightclub Doorman jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

On your course, you’ll learn modules that are essential to door supervisor work, including: 

Nightclub Doorman Duties and Responsibilities:

  • checking the suitability of people entering the club
  • Help people leave safely after they’ve been drinking inside the club. If someone has partied a bit too hard during their time in the venue and is becoming dangerous to themselves and other people, you might also need to politely encourage them to leave the premises.
  • Carry out body searches and use metal detectors for detecting concealed weapons.


Door supervisors are also responsible for:  

  • Controlling the crowd
  • Ensuring safety and security
  • Providing customer service and assistance
  • Preventing crime and disorderly conduct


Other duties may also include:

  • Collecting tickets
  • Managing guest lists and VIPs 
  • Restraining and escorting people from the venue
  • Dealing with emergencies such as bomb threats, violent incidents, or medical emergencies
  • Writing reports related to incidents that happen inside or outside near the club


Working Conditions

Keep in mind that door supervisor work is often physically demanding. Be prepared to be on your feet all the time. You also should know there are going to be shifts where you need to put up with cold or wet weather for long periods. 

You often get to go to work wearing your own clothes, but you might have to wear a suit and tie at some venues. You’re required to display your SIA badge at all times.


Skills and personal qualities required: 

A door supervisor needs:

  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • To be able to stay alert
  • Good observational skills
  • To be honest and trustworthy 
  • To have a polite and courteous manner
  • To have excellent decision-making skills
  • To have good teamwork skills
  • To be able to memorize faces
  • To have a calm yet authoritative presence
  • To have the ability to defuse conflict
  • To be patient and flexible
  • To have knowledge of licensing laws and health and safety regulations
  • To have the ability to write basic reports and detail events accurately


Benefits of the job:

There are several benefits you’ll enjoy when working as a door person, including:

  • Boosting your earnings
  • Being more active
  • Challenging yourself
  • Meeting new people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Flexibility
  • The opportunity to work a second job
  • You could get to meet famous people playing at some clubs
  • Some customers happily tip door supervisors on their way into or out of the club

When you train and work as a door supervisor, you gain skills that you can also transfer to other jobs, including life-saving first aid knowledge. As well as improving your interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, you gain more confidence with every shift.

How much does a Nightclub Doorman actually earn

A typical hourly wage for a door supervisor is £12.50 per hour. You can expect to work unsocial hours, including evenings until early mornings. You’ll also often work during weekends and public holidays. 

Work is usually allocated in shifts. You can expect to typically work between 20-48 hours per week. Working as a nightclub door supervisor is a great way to make some extra money if you have a main job during the day.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Assertive
  • Calm
  • Friendly
  • Attentive
  • Punctual
  • Trustworthy

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