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.

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.

Current 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
Trident Awards (LASER)- this link opens in a new window
Award for Working as a Security Officer 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

Older Qualifications

We will accept some older qualifications in support of a licence application so long as the following conditions are met:

  • If you are applying for a licence for the first time - the qualification must have been achieved less than three years prior to your application.
  • If you have previously held a Security Guard licence - it has been less than three years since your previous licence was active.

Which qualifications do we accept?

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.