Required Qualifications for Security Guards

When you apply for a front line Security Guard 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 Security Officer 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
Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF level [tbc] 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

There are no requirements to take refresher training if you currently have a licence and you are looking to renew it.