Required Qualifications for Door Supervisors

You must have one of these qualifications or one of the previous licence-linked qualifications before you can apply for a front line door supervisor licence.

Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision

(BIIAB) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland)
British Institute of Innkeeping (BIIAB) (01276 684449)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision

(City & Guilds) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland)
City & Guilds (020 7294 2800)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision

(Edexcel) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland)
Edexcel (0844 576 0026)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision

(EDI) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland)
EDI (08707 202909)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision

(HABC) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland)
HABC (0845 226 0350)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision

(IQ) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland)
IQ (01952 457 452)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision NOCN (0114 227 0500)
(SQA) Award in Door Supervision (Scotland) (SCQF Level TBC) SQA (08452 791 000)
Level 2 Award in Door Supervision Trident Awards (LASER) (0845 463 8530)

SIA-endorsed qualifications are valid for SIA licensing requirements regardless of which UK qualifications regulatory authority approved them. However:

  • If you will be working mainly in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then the most appropriate qualifications are those focussed on England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • If you will be working mainly in Scotland then the qualifications most pertinent to you are those focussed on Scotland.

If you intend to work in Scotland but your training focussed on England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we recommend that you undertake additional, location-specific training before you start work.

Previous Qualifications

If you have attained a qualification that was previously endorsed by us, you may use this qualification to apply for a licence.

More information on previous qualifications

Licence Renewals and Training

You don't need to re-take your training if you currently hold a licence and you are looking to renew it. However, if you gained your qualification before the current ones were introduced (June 2010) then you won't have undertaken some of the training that people with the newer qualifications will have received.

You will need to take this extra training if:

  • your qualification was awarded before June 2010, or;
  • your qualification was awarded between June and September 2010 and your training course did not include the physical intervention skills module.

You do not need to take this extra training if:

  • your qualification was awarded after September 2010, or;
  • your qualification certificate says "[Awarding body name] Level 2 Award in Door Supervision (QCF)".

If you require the extra training then you will need to pass the 'Up-Skilling for Door Supervisors' award before you can renew your licence. The award involves one day of training in physical intervention as well as self-study on topics such as first aid, awareness of terrorist threats and considerations in dealing with children and young people. It is available from training providers offering the licence-linked door supervision qualification.

The physical intervention training included in this award has been available as a stand-alone unit since June 2010. If you have previously completed this training then you will not need to repeat it; you can submit your existing certificate to the training provider and ask for it to be recognised as prior learning. However, you will still need to complete a self-study workbook and pass an assessment in order to gain the qualification.

If you hold a door supervisor licence but carry out the licensable activities of a security guard (that is, you do not work in relation to licensed premises) then you may choose to change to a security guard licence when your licence comes up for renewal. You will not have to take additional training in order to do so, just request 'Security Guard' on your renewal application (Section B - Application Type).