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Course Overview

This Security Officer training course is designed for anyone who wishing to apply for a SIA licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a Security Officer.

Security Officers, also know as Security Guards, work in various locations, from retail, office blocks to corporate establishments.

Security Officer Training

Once you complete this course you will have a pivotal role in society by protecting the public and buildings. The SIA licence is issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and is valid for three years. This course is an excellent way to progress your career within the security sector with a range of employment opportunities, ranging from:

  • Manned Guarding
  • Patrol Officer
  • Key-Holders
  • Site Security
  • Retail Security Officer
  • Building Reception
  • Events

Course Length

This qualification must take place over a minimum of 4 days (30 hours).  There is also self-study which you will need to complete BEFORE 

Benefits of training with us

  • High-quality study materials
  • Highfield’s comprehensive Security Officers book
  • Recognised Accredited Qualification
  • Study in a friendly environment
  • Excellent customer support
  • SIA Licence to work as a Security Officer

Door Supervisor Training or Security Guard Training

We often get asked about the difference between a Door Supervisor Licence and Security Guard Licence. Door Supervisor Licence allows you to work as a Door Supervisor and a Security Guard Licence only permits you to work in a Manned Guarding role.
Most employers from experience prefer the Door Supervisors Licence over the Security Guard Licence.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 16 and over. However, those learners aged 16-17 cannot apply for an SIA licence until the age of 18.

You will need to show that you hold a current and valid First Aid or Emergency First Aid certificate before you start training. This certificate must be valid for at least 12 months from the Security Officer course start date.

ID requirements

We are required to check your photograph and formal identification documents before you will be allowed to sit the examination/assessment.

A list of current documentation that is accepted by the SIA as proof of identification is available on the SIA’s website.

Language prerequisite

Security operatives are likely in the course of their work to be required to make calls to the emergency services, or for example communicate to resolve conflict. It is essential that security operatives can communicate effectively.

We will need, as required by the SIA, to ensure that you are sufficiently competent in the use of English and/or the Welsh language. All assessments will be conducted in the medium of English and/or Welsh as appropriate.

You should, as a minimum, have language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
We will also need to ensure that you have sufficient reading, writing, speaking and listening language skills before putting you forward for training and assessment.

Qualification

Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry

Highfield Qualifications

Awarded by Highfield Qualifications

What does the Qualification cover?

  • importance of safe working practices
  • roles and responsibilities of Security Officers
  • drug-misuse legislation
  • issues and procedures relevant to the role of a Security Officer
  • how to conduct effective search procedures
  • queue management
  • how to recognise, assess and reduce risk in  conflict situations and problem-solving techniques when resolving conflict

Method of Assessment:

You will need to complete:

  • Practical observations: the practical assessment is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing practical assessment requires you to demonstrate the completion of an evidential statement alongside searching and using communication devices. You will also be assessed practically in conflict management during scenario training. All practical assessments need to be video recorded.
  • Multiple-choice theory assessment: There are three multiple-choice exams to complete for this course.  Where available, we provide e-assessment, which means you are able to take the exam online providing you the opportunity to get your results on the day, which helps speed up your SIA licence application.

How do I get an SIA Licence?

Please visit the SIAs Website for further details on how you apply for a SIA Licence.

Progression opportunities

Further learning routes could include:

For those interested in becoming a training centre, we provide support and consultancy packages; give us a call.