Working In The Private Security Industry

Working In The Private Security Industry
Working In The Private Security Industry

SIA training is a necessity for those who wish to obtain an SIA licence. It is likely that you will need this licence if you work in the security industry in any capacity, especially as a CCTV operative, door supervisor, or security guard, or in close protection. 

SIA stands for Security Industry Authority and this is the organisation that is responsible for regulating the industry for private security in the United Kingdom. It was established in 2003 under the 2001 Private Security Industry Act. The SIA reports to the Home Security and is a non-departmental public body with two main duties. 

The first is to manage a voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which is used to measure suppliers of security in the private sector against independently evaluated criteria. The second duty is the mandatory licensing of those involved in the private security industry who are undertaking designated activities. 

Whether or not you need this licence is determined by the role you have and the activity you undertake in your job. Licensable activities are as follows – key holding, vehicle immobilisation, security guarding, public space surveillance, door supervision, close protection, and finally safeguarding cash and valuables in transit. If you engage in any of these activities and you have not acquired your SIA licence, then you could be subject to a fine of up to £5,000 and / or six months imprisonment. Nonetheless, you cannot simply apply for this licence; you will need to undertake some approved training first.

Of course, training is just one piece of the puzzle. You need to ensure you have the right qualities for the job and you understand the different types of work schedules. Plus, tech is increasingly being used in this sector. 

What Training Do You Need To Get Your Licence From The Security Industry Authority?

There are many different SIA training courses that are available for you to choose from in order to obtain your licence from the security industry authority. Of course the training program you select will be determined by the job you already have or the career you want to carve for yourself. This training does not need to interfere with your present job, as it’s something you can schedule over the weekend or suit your day-to-day life. You simply need to make sure the training company is approved; otherwise, you will end up taking a bog-standard security course, which is of no value to either you yourself or to the SIA. 

The company you select should then help you to apply for your SIA licence once you have passed your course. This should be part of the service. The licence request works in six steps – receipt of the form, followed by system entry and validation; you will then have to make your payment; the security industry authority will conduct their final checks; and only then will approval hopefully be made. This type of training is a vital step in enhancing your career, as acquiring your licence is a necessity if you wish to conduct many jobs and activities in the private security industry. Nonetheless, you don’t have to stop there; you can continue to train for further qualifications in the future so that you can add more skills and certifications to your CV and thereby improve your prospects.

What To Consider When Choosing A Security Training Course

Choosing your security training course with care is of paramount importance. If you take a look at the Internet you will see that there are a multitude of different companies to choose from. The most important thing is making sure that the security training is actually SIA approved and thus will lead to you acquiring your licence. Don’t merely assume that this is going to be the case. 

In addition to this, you should read the reviews that have been left by previous students indicating what they have to say about the course in question. Did they enjoy it? Did they obtain their SIA licence? Did they find the staff members to be useful and informative? Was the training course worth the money? This is the only way you are going to get an honest picture of the company in question. If the trainer provider has a bad reputation, you know to look elsewhere. 

Good training companies will also have several different dates for you to choose from, so you can find a date that does not cause too much disruption to your current job. In addition to this, you shouldn’t merely take the course and then be left in the dark when it comes to your SIA licence. You should expect the company you choose to assist you with the application process. In fact, some of the best companies go that extra mile to help you bag a job in the security industry, from providing assistance with CV writing to interview techniques. 

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Mike K. Watson

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