Required Qualifications for Door Supervisors

When you apply for a front line Door Supervisor licence you must show that you have had the training required of a licensed operative. This means that you must hold one of the qualifications below, or one of the older licence-linked qualifications.

Qualification Awarding Organisations
Level 2 Award for working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry BIIAB- this link opens in a new window
City & Guilds- this link opens in a new window
Pearson BTEC- this link opens in a new window
HABC- this link opens in a new window
IQ- this link opens in a new window
NOCN- this link opens in a new window
Trident Awards (LASER)- this link opens in a new window
Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF level 6 BIIAB- this link opens in a new window
City & Guilds- this link opens in a new window
Pearson BTEC- this link opens in a new window
HABC- this link opens in a new window
IQ- this link opens in a new window
SQA- this link opens in a new window

More about applying with older qualifications

SIA-endorsed qualifications are valid for SIA licensing requirements regardless of which UK qualifications regulatory authority approved them. However, we recommend that you undertake additional, location-specific training if you will be working in a region not covered by your training.

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).