Required Qualifications for Security Guards

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

Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

(BIIAB) Award for Security Guarding (Scotland)
British Institute of Innkeeping (BIIAB) (01276 684449)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

(City & Guilds) Award in Security Guarding (Scotland)
City & Guilds (020 7294 2800)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

(Edexcel) Award in Security Guarding (Scotland)
Edexcel (0844 576 0026)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

(EDI) Award in Security Guarding (Scotland)
EDI (08707 202909)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

(HABC) Award in Security Guarding (Scotland)
HABC (0845 226 0350)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

(IQ) Award in Security Guarding (Scotland)
IQ (01952 457 452)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding NOCN (0114 227 0500)
(SQA) Award in Security Operations (Scotland) SQA (08452 791 000)
Level 2 Award in Security Guarding 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

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