Required Qualifications for Trainers

All trainers must have achieved:

  • the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF); or
  • a teaching or training qualification at SVQ level 3 (or equivalent), which has been accredited by SQA/QCA/Ofqual or validated by a higher education institution; or
  • an equivalent award, such as:
    • Certificate in Education
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
    • SVQ levels 3 and 4 in Learning and Development
    • Scottish Training Qualification for Further Education (TQFE)
    • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

Trainers who are unsure about their current qualifications or who wish to check their eligibility may do so by contacting any SIA endorsed awarding organisation.

Trainers of Conflict Management

All trainers delivering scenario-based conflict management training for licence-linked qualifications are required to hold a qualification at or above NQF/QCF Level 3 in the delivery of conflict management training.

We may publish additional requirements for trainers as and when they are agreed. Trainers looking to deliver licence-linked qualifications should ensure that they are fully familiar and compliant with the requirements as communicated by the relevant awarding organisation.

Trainers of Physical Intervention Skills

All trainers delivering physical intervention skills training for the door supervisor licence-linked qualifications must hold all of the following:

  • a suitable teaching/training qualification as defined above
  • a suitable level 3 qualification in conflict management training
  • a level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry (QCF); and
  • a current certificate (updated annually) from an approved level 3 programme provider that confirms the trainer's ability to deliver the skills in that approved level 2 programme.

Sector Competence

Trainers must demonstrate that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and understanding of the sector in which they are providing training.

To ensure that trainers have the right occupational expertise, we and awarding organisations require trainers new to the sector to have three years front line operational experience in the last ten in the UK, relevant to the qualifications that they are delivering.

Existing trainers must demonstrate to the awarding organisations that they are taking sufficient steps to keep their occupational expertise up to date. Suitable steps would include attendance at relevant conferences and seminars, and continuing work experience in the sector. Trainers must be able to demonstrate evidence of a suitable level of professional development in the sector, which should include the equivalent of at least thirty hours every year spent in a combination of training, increasing professional knowledge through other means or working in the industry.