SIA Updates for October 2021

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New video guidance for top-up training

From today (1 October 2021) all Door Supervision and Security Guard licence holders will need a first aid qualification and the new top-up training before they renew their licence.

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.  If you already have a First Aid certificate, it must be valid for at least 12 months from the course start date.

Door supervisors:

  • use of equipment
  • updated terror threat awareness
  • physical intervention skills refresher training (knowledge and practical)
  • knowledge around critical incidents
  • counter-terrorism training (Available here)

Security guards:

  • knowledge of physical intervention
  • updated terror threat awareness
  • knowledge around critical incidents
  • counter-terrorism training (Available here)

The top-up training requirements will only affect existing Door Supervision and Security Guard licence holders when they come to renew their licence. This means that these changes will roll out over the course of the next three years.

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

It depends on which licence you want to apply for:

  • Door supervisor = 2 days
  • Security guard = 1/2 day

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

If you hold a door supervisor licence:
From today (01 October 2021),  you can choose one of the following options:

  • take the door supervisor top-up training and renew your door supervisor licence OR
  • take the security guard top-up training and switch to a security guard licence.

In either case, you must have an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, or equivalent, before you can take the top-up training.

Licence switching for door supervisors

Changes to SIA training: flowchart

New requirement: first aid training

Door supervisor or security guard licence applicants will require a First Aid Certificate if either of the following apply:

  • You are applying for a licence for the first time
  • It has been longer than 3 years since you last held a licence for that activity
  • You will also need to do this if you are renewing your licence.

The qualification must be an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification or equivalent.

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