Skills and Qualifications Review


Skills summit

We will be hosting a private security industry skills summit on 12 March 2020 at Friends House, Euston (London). This event is for security managers, HR, education, training and anyone with an interest in how we can close the skills gap in the industry.

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Every five years we review the qualifications required for an SIA licence. We do this to make sure that they stay up to date with changes to the law, technology, and the way people work.

We're reviewing the qualifications now. Unlike previous reviews, this one will also look at how we might:

  • help the private security industry to create a structure of learning and development beyond what is required by SIA licensing (for example, through apprenticeships and continuing professional development);
  • improve quality assurance in the training process and so combat training malpractice.

Updated licence-linked qualifications will be available from 1 April 2020. The new qualifications will incorporate improvements suggested during the consultations we ran in 2018 and 2019. Qualifications awarded before 1 April 2020 will still be accepted for new licence applications and renewals.


In September 2018 we published new versions of our specifications for learning and qualifications. These documents set out what an individual needs to know and be able to do in their role as a security operative. They form the basis of the qualifications required by SIA licensing.

We asked you to read these documents and then give us your feedback through an online consultation, which closed on 26 October.

Download our findings from the first consultation (download size: 387kb)

We used your feedback to update the specifications. We then asked you to read and comment on the updated versions in a second online consultation that closed on 11 February 2019.

Download our findings from the second consultation (download size: 376kb)


We asked an independent research company to look at how the work of the private security industry has changed and how it may change in future. They did this by interviewing people who work in security, by hosting group discussions with representatives from security businesses, and by consulting with subject matter experts.