Licensable Roles

The following list shows the roles that are licensable. If a role you undertake is shown below then you will need a licence if you also undertake a licensable activity. These role definitions are an interpretation for presentational purposes and are produced in good faith. However, the wording in the Private Security Industry Act 2001 always overrides them.

There are two types of SIA licence:

  • A front line licence is required if undertaking licensable activity, other than key holding activities (this also covers undertaking non-front line activity). A front line licence is in the form of a credit card-sized plastic card that must be worn, subject to the licence conditions.
  • A non-front line licence is required for those who manage, supervise and/or employ individuals who engage in licensable activity, as long as front line activity is not carried out - this includes directors* or partners. A non-front line licence is issued in the form of a letter that also covers key holding activities.

*For the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, "director" means executive and non-executive directors, shadow directors, parent company directors and corporate entities holding a directorship.

Role Licence type  
Sole traders, contractors, directors of companies and partners of firms who perform designated licensable activities themselves for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to supply services to the consumer. Front line Note that all these roles are in relation to contracts for the supply of services. These are the 'contract' roles
Employees of sole traders, companies or firms who perform the designated activities themselves for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to supply services to the consumer. Front line
Employees, directors of companies and partners of firms that perform designated duties themselves under instructions given by the consumer they are contracted to supply the services to. Front line
Any person who manages or supervises employees of a security provider where such employees perform designated activities for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer (see note below). Non-front line
Any person who manages and supervises agency workers who are instructed to carry out designated activities (see note below) Non-front line
Directors or partners of a company/firm when any other of the directors, partners or employees of that company/firm perform licensable conduct as described in (a) to (e) above. Non-front line
Any person that employs door supervisors or vehicle immobilisers. Non-front line These roles are often referred to as 'in-house'
Any person (whether an employee, or the director of a company, or the partner of a firm) that performs door supervision or vehicle immobilisation. Front line
Persons who are employed to manage or supervise door supervisors or vehicle immobilisers. Non-front line
Any person performing licensable vehicle immobilisation activity and charging a release fee. This includes landowners, their staff and volunteers. Front line Special additional role relating to anyone including landowners, their staff and volunteers.

Note:

  • If you act as a manager or supervisor of an individual where that individual is required to carry out designated licensable activities for the purposes of or in connection with a contract for the supply of services then you will require a licence even if you are an employee of the customer of the services.
  • If you merely give directions to a licensable individual on the customer's behalf, you are not considered a manager or supervisor of that person. In addition, if you are engaged by the firm providing the security services, to give directions only, you are not required to be licensed.