Update on SIA licence-linked qualifications

25 February 2020

​The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is continuing to develop new licence-linked qualifications as part of its review of industry skills and qualifications.

To allow all parties sufficient time to prepare for the changes, we expect to launch the new qualifications in autumn 2020.

The new qualifications will give a more robust foundation of skills and knowledge and reflect what we've learned from extensive industry consultation.

We are aiming to ensure that operatives have up-to-date skills that are critical to public safety.

We will provide further details on the changes in due course.

Qualifications awarded before the autumn will still be accepted for new licence applications and renewals.​​

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
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