The objective of this qualification is to support a role in the workplace. It is designed for learners wishing to apply for a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a security officer and is based on the relevant SIA specification for learning and qualifications.
Benefits you will gain:
- 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
Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry
Awarded by Highfield Qualifications
The SIA stipulates a minimum number of contact hours and a minimum number of training days. 29 hours (4 days) applies as minimum contact time only where self-study can be evidenced. No self-study means a minimum of 38 hours. Axiom Dynamics also deliver the training via blended learning through our Virtual Classroom training.
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:
Learners must complete:
- Practical observation: the practical assessment is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing practical assessment requires learners to demonstrate the completion of an evidential statement alongside searching and using communication devices. The learner is also practically assessed in conflict management during scenario training. The practical assessment will be recorded in line with the new requirements using the practical matrix within the Assessment Pack.
- Externally set and marked multiple-choice theory assessment: learners must answer a series of questions within theory question papers covering each of the disciplines. Axiom Dynamics provides access to e-assessment, therefore providing the learner with the opportunity to get their results on the day, which helps speed up your licence application.
Security Officer Training
Once you complete the course you will have a pivotal role in society by protecting the public and buildings. The licence is issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and is valid for three years. The Security Officers 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
- Site Security
- Retail Security Officer
- Building Reception
Total Qualification Time
The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 42 hours, and of this, 38 hours are guided learning hours (GLH).
Please note 29 hours is the minimum contact time (MCT) as stipulated by the SIA which is applicable if self-study is applied to the Principles of working in the private security industry unit. If self-study isn’t applied for this unit, then the MCT for this qualification will be 38 hours.
TQT is an estimate of the total number of hours it would take an average learner to achieve and demonstrate the necessary level of attainment to be awarded a qualification, both under direct supervision (forming guided learning hours) and without supervision (all other time). TQT values are advisory and assigned to a qualification as guidance.
This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 16 and over. However, training centres must make it clear to those learners aged 16-17 that an SIA licence cannot be applied for until the age of 18.
Learners will need to show that they hold a current and valid First Aid or Emergency First Aid certificate* that meets the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. It is an SIA requirement that training centres must confirm that each learner is sufficiently qualified in First Aid or Emergency First Aid.
Learners should present their First Aid or Emergency First Aid certificate* to their training provider before they start training. This certificate* must be valid for at least 12 months from the course start date.
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.
It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that each learner is sufficiently competent in the use of English and/or the Welsh language. All assessments must be conducted in the medium of English and/or Welsh as appropriate.
Learners should, as a minimum, have language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Training centres must ensure that all learners have sufficient reading, writing, speaking and listening language skills before putting the learners forward for training and assessment.
It is the responsibility of each centre to have systems in place to ensure that the person taking licence-linked qualifications is indeed the person they are purporting to be.
All centres are therefore required to ensure that each learner’s photograph and formal
identification documents are checked and recorded before they are allowed to sit the
A list of current documentation that is accepted by the SIA as proof of identification is available on the SIA website.
Further learning routes could include:
- Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry
- Level 2 Award for CCTV Operators (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry
- Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private
- Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training
- Level 3 Award for Physical Intervention Trainers in the Private Security Industry
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