Changes to the delivery of SIA licence-linked training

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Contents

  1. New licence-linked qualifications
  2. Top-up training
  3. General

1. New licence-linked qualifications

Questions in this section:

1.1 Will there be any changes to the trainer/assessor/IQA requirements in order to deliver security qualifications?

Yes. These include:

Trainers

  • a qualifiation for the delivery of Physical Intervention
  • a qualifiation for the delivery of Conflict management
  • yearly counter-terrorism training* from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)
  • an increased continuing professional development (CPD) requirement for current trainers (now 40 hours). CPD evidence must be retained for a minimum of 3 years for audit purposes
  • new trainers for door supervision, public space surveillance (CCTV), security guarding and vehicle immobilising will need at least 2 yearsโ€™ experience from within the last 5 years
  • new trainers for cash and valuables in transit will need at least 12 monthsโ€™ experience from within the last 3 years

Assessors

  • Unless you are assessing cash and valuables in transit or close protection training, you must hold an assessor qualification by 30 September 2022
  • a qualification for the delivery of Physical Intervention
  • a qualification for the delivery of Conflict management
  • yearly counter-terrorism training* from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)
  • an increased continuing professional development (CPD) requirement for current trainers (now 40 hours). CPD evidence must be retained for a minimum of 3 years for audit purposes

Internal quality assures (IQAs)

  • Unless you are assessing cash and valuables in transit or close protection training, you must hold an IQA qualification by 30 September 2022
  • competence in conflict management
  • competence in physical intervention

Competence will be determined by your awarding organisation on a case by case basis.

Counter-terrorism training includes both the โ€˜ACT Awarenessโ€™ e-learning course and the โ€˜ACT Securityโ€™ e-learning course. Both need to be completed annually

You can read more about these changes in the SIA’s โ€˜Get Trainingโ€™ document.

1.2 Will physical intervention trainers need to upskill, or is this covered in the yearly refresher?

The SIA is not requiring any upskilling for physical intervention for door supervisor trainers apart from the annual refresher. We highly recommend NFPS and there is also the option to map over to the NFPS system.

1.3 How can we deliver the new qualifications?

You can deliver the new qualifications using a mixture of self-study, virtual classroom, and face-to-face training. Your awarding organisation can give you more details on delivery methods.

You must deliver the practical elements of physical intervention face-to-face.

Where the specification allows you to deliver elements via virtual learning you will need to seek approval from your awarding organisation. Once approved you need to inform the SIA.

To do this you should:

  1. Download the SIA’s Virtual Classroom Submission Form (ODT, 15.7KB).
  2. Fill it in, providing all of the information they require.
  3. Send it to the SIA at virtualclassroom@sia.gov.uk 5 working days before the course starts.

1.4 Has the SIA considered that the increase in course length will increase the costs for training providers?

Yes. The SIA did a full impact assessment, which was approved by the Home Office. You can submit an FOI request with them for further details.

1.5 What other skills do learners need to have before they take the new qualifications?

You can find the pre-requisite requirements for students in our โ€˜Get Trainingโ€™ document.

You are responsible for ensuring that your learners are competent in English and/or Welsh.

11.6 How long will the new training take?

QualificationsNew, with self-studyNew, without self-studyOld, with self-studyOld, without self-study
Cash and Valuables in Transit24 hours over 4 days27 hours over 4 daysNot applicable28 hours over 4 days
Close Protection (unchanged)139.5 hours over 12 days140 hours over 12 days139.5 hours over 12 days140 hours over 12 days
Door Supervision44 hours over 6 days52 hours over 7 days32.5 hours over 4 days45 hours over 6 days
Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)22 hours over 3 days30 hours over 4 days23 hours over 3 days32 hours over 4 days
Security Guarding30 hours over 4 days38 hours over 5 days18.5 hours over 3 days28 hours over 4 days

1.7 Why are the security guard and door supervisor courses a day longer than they were?

There are more practical assessments in the new content, which take longer. Everyone will need to do at least one physical search. The SIA has also added more content including personal safety, knowledge of physical intervention for security guards, and knowledge of door supervision equipment for door supervisors. The SIA has, however, now removed any repeated content.

1.8 Does the SIA have a strategy to reduce the potential gaps in training between existing licence holders and new licence holders?

Yes. The purpose of the top-up training, which has now taken effect from 1 October, is to bridge the gap for existing holders of Door Supervisor and Security Guard licences.

1.9 Will the contact hours be the same for blended learning as for face-to-face learning?

The contact hours will be the same but you should allow additional time for any training that is delivered remotely, as you will need to allow for screen breaks, problems with the technology you are using, and so on.

1.10 Can trainers deliver all of the new CCTV and security guarding qualifications remotely?

The new CCTV and security guarding training can be delivered using a blended delivery – so, not delivered entirely remotely or face to face. The SIA may change their approach depending on the course COVID-19 takes in the future.

1.11 Do we need to film practical assessments? If so, how long must we keep the digital content?

Yes, you must record practical assessments in a way that makes clear who is being assessed. There must also be a clear distinction between training and assessment. The recordings must be stored securely for a minimum of 1 year.

The SIA provides more detail about this in their โ€˜Get Trainingโ€™ document.


2. Top-up training

Questions in this section:

2.1 Who needs to do the top-up training?

This is explained on the SIA’s Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence page.

2.2 How long will it take to do the top-up training?

It depends on which licence the learner wants to apply for:

  • Door supervisor = 2 days
  • Security guard = 0.5 days

In both cases, they will need to complete first aid training (Emergency First at Work or equivalent) before they take the top-up training. The first aid training is 1 day.

2.3 What is included in the top-up training?

An Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (or equivalent) must be completed before taking the top-up training.

Door supervisors:

  • use of equipment
  • updated terror threat awareness
  • physical intervention skills refresher training (knowledge and practical)
  • knowledge around critical incidents eg. where to access government guidance on pandemic responses

Security guards:

  • knowledge of physical intervention
  • updated terror threat awareness
  • knowledge around critical incidents eg. where to access government guidance on pandemic responses

2.4 How can we deliver the top-up training?

You can deliver the new qualifications using a mixture of self-study, virtual classroom, and face-to-face training. Your awarding organisation can give you more details on delivery methods.

You must deliver the practical elements of physical intervention face-to-face.

2.5 How will the top-up training be assessed?

The security guard top-up training will be assessed by 2 exams (security guarding knowledge and terror threat awareness). The door supervisor top-up training will be assessed by 3 exams (door supervisor knowledge, terror threat awareness and physical intervention knowledge) plus a practical physical intervention assessment.


3. General

Questions in this section:

3.1 Where can I find training materials for theoretical and practical training/assessments or equipment such as body worn video camera and breathalyser requirements?

Your awarding organisation may provide you with training materials.

3.2 We have seen guidance that suggests the practical assessments must be recorded for 15 minutes each. Is this recording in addition to contact hours?

The recording is within the contact hours. Training providers can combine the searching and use of communication devices practical assessments. The SIA suggests a duration of 15 minutes.


Qualification Update

You can update your assessor and IQA qualifications with us.

Click the qualification below for further information.

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