What is the difference between a Door Supervisor and a Security Guard?

door-supervisor-security-guard-sia-training-get-licensed Security Guards and Door Supervisors are two sides of the same coin, both closely related in purpose, but with differing amounts of authority and responsibility. Whilst a licensed door supervisor can act as a security guard, a security guard even with the required license cannot take the place of a door supervisor. So how exactly do these roles differ?


Broadly speaking, a security guard can work in a variety of non-licensed premises, including the retail and corporate sectors. Security guards are not licensed to work on premises that permit alcohol consumption. Whilst the role of a security guard could vary depending on the client and industry, the basic element of the role is to ensure the smooth functioning within the premises. This is done by ensuring the safety of the customers, general public and staff which frequent the premises, and ensuring the protection of the property. It is also the security guards job to observe the surroundings, working to prevent and discourage any appearance of disorderly behavior or theft, and to report any suspicious occurrences or potential threats to police as appropriate.

The Security Guard Training course takes a total 26 hours to complete, and the course includes total of three modules. These are:

– Core Learning for Common Security Industry Knowledge
– Security Guarding Specialist Module
– Conflict Management Module


A Door Supervisor is the person who works on a premises which is authorized by a local governing body. These generally include alcohol serving premises such as bars, pubs, clubs, and entertainment venues. The role of the door supervisor is to take responsibility for the security and the safety of the visitors and customers within the premises. They have the responsibility of judging the suitability of persons entering the venue, and are responsible in making appropriate decisions as to who gains entry and who is deemed unacceptable. Judging criteria may include the age and behavior of people trying to gain access within the venue, i.e. whether the person underage, is carrying harmful weapons or illegal substances, or is displaying unruly behavior. Door supervisors are also responsible for maintaining order within the premises, managing crowds, dealing with conflicts and emergencies inside the venue, and co-operating with management and police.

The Door Supervision Training course is for a duration of 4 days. The course includes the total 20 hours of classroom teaching and a written test. There are four units in the course:

– Working in the Private Security Industry
– Role and Responsibilities of the Door Supervisor
– Conflict Management and Communication Skills
– Physical Intervention


Whilst it is not necessary for a door supervisor or a security guard to have academic qualifications, it is necessary to obtain training to provide the framework for a complete understanding of the role, and to enhance the skills and approach of the individual towards the security industry. In completing your training, you will be authorised to apply for your SIA badge. It is illegal to work in the security industry without a valid SIA License. Working within the industry without the proper licensing or training is a criminal offence that could result in high fines or prison. Hiring unlicensed staff is also against the law, and the employer will also be punished under the law.


When deciding on which security course to take, we strongly advise customers to select the Door Supervisor Training course. This qualification entitles you to also take on security guard roles. In doing so, not only will you increase your employability by 200%, you are enhancing your prospects for more varied and higher-paying protection roles.

You can find out more about our Door Supervision Training course here.

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