It is essential that individuals working in the private security industry undergo a structured training programme that results in a recognised qualification.

We have developed a competency (skills) requirement as part of our licensing function. Individuals applying for a front line SIA licence must prove that they are properly qualified to do their job. If they don’t hold one of the SIA-endorsed qualifications then their licence application will be refused.*

We believe that this will result in a more competent and professional workforce. It will also improve the public image of the private security industry and make it more attractive to potential employees.

* Some previously existing qualifications in security-related disciplines may allow exemption from all or part of the SIA approved training.


Skills and qualifications review

In September 2018 we announced our skills and qualifications review of the licence-linked qualifications for the private security industry. Please read our news stories to keep up to date with the review.

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Our Approach

We will:

  • Maintain core competency specifications that meet the needs of the private security industry and are based on industry best practice.
  • Consult with key stakeholders to continuously improve the standards of both training and qualifications.
  • Take into consideration the National Occupational Standards that are relevant to the private security industry. National Occupational Standards are work-related statements of the competence an individual requires in order to carry out key tasks effectively.

The competencies specified by us cover the core activities of vehicle immobilising and manned guarding. We accept that there may be competencies relating to more specific activities that we have not covered. We have identified the skills that an individual must have in order to obtain an SIA licence: this does not prevent them from undertaking further training if they wish or if the specific nature of their role requires it.