Skills and Qualifications Review

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 April 2021. The new qualifications will incorporate improvements suggested during the consultations we ran in 2018 and 2019. Qualifications awarded before April 2021 will still be accepted for new licence applications and renewals.


We have consulted extensively on the specifications for the licence-linked qualifications and below please find the summaries of our findings as a result of these initiatives.

  1. Consultation 1 (download size: 387kb)
  2. Consultation 2 (download size: 376kb)
  3. Consultation 3 (Close Protection specifications) (download size: 36kb)


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.