Training Centre requirements delivering SIA Qualifications

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Introduction

The SIA recognises that all holders of a front-line licence, (except for Key Holders) need to have undergone learning resulting in the achievement of a regulated qualification if they are to be effective and professional in their role. Industry stakeholders also recognise that individuals who work to provide a more secure environment must have a range of skills and a clear understanding of their role. As the scope, diversity and importance of their work continues to grow, so the degree of professionalism expected from people working in the private security industry (PSI) will increase.

Implications of the Private Security Industry Act 2001

Section 1 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 specifies that the functions of the SIA include “to set or approve standards of training” and “to make recommendations and proposals for the maintenance and improvements of standards in the provision of security industry services and other services involving the activities of security operatives”.
The Act continues, in Section 7 to state that licensing criteria “may include such criteria as the Authority considers appropriate for securing that those persons have the training and skills necessary to engage in the conduct for which they are licensed” and later in Section 9, that the Authority may “prescribe or impose conditions as to training”.
The legislation applies to the whole of the UK. As a result, the awarding organisations (AOs) have produced content specific to the needs of the differing legal systems of the devolved nations. For example, qualifications awarded in Scotland reflect the Scottish legal requirements.

Training Centre Requirements

Facilities
Training and assessment for approved licence-linked qualifications must be undertaken in a suitable training and assessment environment, which has been approved and quality assured by a relevant awarding organisation. The environment must be adequately equipped for training, conducive to effective learning and must comply with current Health and Safety requirements. Equipment for practical activities must be readily available and fit for purpose.
For practical activities, the SIA considers it best practice to provide a realistic work environment for the training and assessment aspects of all practical activities stipulated. Those training and assessing physical intervention must provide an environment with a minimum of three stairs for the demonstration, practice, and assessment of escorting an individual up and downstairs.
Training and assessment facilities must comply with ongoing approval arrangements of the respective awarding organisation.
Centre Insurance
In line with general insurance requirements and the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, the minimum for an approved centre offering licence-linked qualification is.
• Employers Liability – £5 million
• Public Liability
• Professional Indemnity
Training centres are reminded of the importance of making sure their Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance is set at the appropriate level whilst considering their business.
Insurance Requirements for Physical Intervention Skills Training
In order to ensure that the insurance cover is ‘fit for task’, it should actively specify the inclusion of the activities being carried out. In this case under ‘business activity’ on the insurance documentation, it must state cover for ‘training in physical intervention’.
Insurance details must be evidenced to the awarding organisation by the centre prior to approval being granted. However, it is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that their insurance remains valid and current. This level of insurance cover is mandatory for approved training centres and individual trainers delivering physical intervention training at the approved training centre. Where the individual trainer does not hold their own cover, the approved centre must ensure its insurer is aware of this and the extended cover is secured where necessary. The insurance schedule should clearly detail the cover for trainers.
Examination Venue Criteria 

To gain approval for knowledge-based assessment, all examination venues must comply with the policy, standards and regulations specified by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Whilst all awarding organisations are not members of JCQ it is expected that awarding organisations will work to these standards as best practice.

• The seating arrangement for Learners must ensure there can be no cheating or collusion between Learners. All Learners must be facing the same way (with the exception of some on-screen testing.
• Each Learner must be a minimum of 1.25 metres (centre to centre) each way from the next Learner’s workspace.
• Seating plans should be completed for the delivery of tests and retained for External Quality Assurance (EQA) purposes.
• If on-screen testing is being used each workstation must be isolated by a minimum space of 1.25 metres measured from the nearest outer edge of one screen to the next unless the monitors are positioned back-to-back. Under certain circumstances, 1.25 metres may prove to be an insufficient distance to prevent Learners from seeing, intentionally or otherwise, the work of others. Privacy screens can be used. The principal objective is to ensure that no Learner’s work can be overseen by others.
• There must be a place for the invigilator to sit with a clear view of all Learners.
• Maximum ratio is 1 invigilator to 30 learners.
• Walls must be clear of any material that would provide help to the Learners.
• Examination signage and a clock must be in clear view of all Learners.
• The awarding organisation must be made aware of assessment venues in advance. Only these can be used; not substitutes, unless there has been an emergency, such as a fire in which case this must be recorded, and the awarding organisation notified at the first possible opportunity in accordance with individual awarding organisation requirements.
• Trainers who have delivered the training and/or practical assessments to learners must not invigilate or be in the room when the learners take their exam for that subject(s). Training centres need to consider all potential conflicts of interest and have an appropriate policy in place to support this.
• All invigilators must receive an induction to the role of invigilation and its policies and procedures. Training centres must maintain a register which must be signed by the invigilator to confirm that they have received this induction.
• All test papers must be stored securely. Ideally, this should be a lockable safe. If a safe is not available a suitable lockable cabinet/storage unit will suffice. This unit should only be accessed by appropriate personnel and records of key holders should be kept. This cabinet/storage unit must be kept in a secure location.
• All test papers must be transported securely to and from the training centre and any satellite centre where tests are administered. The centre must have an appropriate policy to support this.
• Awarding organisations, the SIA and qualification regulators retain the right to make spot checks on examination days to ensure that exam conditions are being maintained.
Venue Requirements for Practical Skills Training and Assessment (physical intervention and conflict management)
Training environments should be appropriate for training and assessment. The relevant awarding organisation will confirm the suitability of the environment via a quality assurance process. Venues must be risk assessed by the centre and the awarding organisation for suitability for physical intervention training. Venues will need to be assessed for each training course.
Training centres are required to have in place a policy and procedures in relation to risk assessment.
Practical skills training must take place in safe conditions, as regards.
• The size and suitability of training rooms; ensuring that learners have space to demonstrate techniques safely (see below)
• As a guide, an unobstructed area of approximately 2 x 2 metres per person, (including the trainer) would provide the necessary room for movement and activity, therefore, a maximum class size of 12 excluding trainer would require a floor area of approximately 52 square metres.
• A minimum of three stairs needs to be available for the demonstration, practice, and assessment of escorting an individual up and downstairs.
• The ratio of trainers to learners; one trainer to a maximum of 12 learners for the delivery and assessment of the practical skills (this is not a requirement for the delivery and assessment of the knowledge skills).
• A minimum of three participants are required for each course, to deliver the practical skills for physical interventions effectively.
• A qualified first aider must always be available during the delivery and assessment of the physical skills and conflict management units.
• We recommend that trainers/assessors delivering physical skills obtain a 3-day First Aid at Work Qualification.
Training centres must have the listed items below available throughout the physical skills delivery and assessment:
• A BS 8599-1:2019 approved first aid kit
• Ice packs
• Access to water and a telephone
Learner Requirements for Practical Skills Training (Physical Intervention Skills)
The centre must furnish learners with safety information prior to attendance that includes.
• Informing learners that physical activity will be involved, and this carries risks.
• What standards of behaviour are expected.
• What they should wear. What they should do if they have any concerns about their health or fitness in regard to participating in this training.
• Training centres must ensure that learners sign a declaration that they are fit to participate in practical skills training.

Additional requirements for the delivery of Level 2 Award for CCTV Operators (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry and the Award for CCTV Operators (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry

To be able to deliver and assess the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of unit Principles and Practices of Working as a CCTV Operator in the Private Security Industry, training centres must ensure.
• At a minimum a CCTV system should have at least two PTZ cameras and associated recording and monitoring equipment within a control room. If a control room is not available a simulated control room environment must be used.
• A simulated control room environment is a room that during training and assessment can be used solely for this purpose.
• The ratio of trainers to learners; one trainer to maximum 12 learners for the delivery of practical skills with the assessment completed on a 1 – 1 basis.
• The completion of documentation and portfolio creation can be conducted within a classroom (group) environment.
• These practical assessments must take place after the delivery of the following units.
o Principles of Working in the Private Security Industry.
o Principles and Practices of Working as a CCTV Operator in the Private Security Industry.
Identification Checking
The training centre must check the learner’s identity before the assessment takes place. A record of the documents reviewed and accepted for each learner must be retained for a minimum of three years and be made available for audit purposes. Training centres are reminded to ensure all data is stored to comply with current data protection legislation. Awarding organisations should provide confirmation of acceptable ID to training centres. This will reflect the SIA list of acceptable group A and group B ID documents available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-an-sia-licence#check-you-have-the-right-document.
A learner unable to produce the correct documents to satisfy the SIA ID requirements, will not be able to take any assessments, therefore, will not be able to complete the qualification. A learner in this situation may write to the SIA at the following address with an explanation of why they do not possess the required documents, and an explanation of the documents that they do have. The SIA will assess this evidence on a case-by-case basis.
Learners can write to.
SIA
PO Box 74957
London
E14 1UG

Age Restrictions for Qualifications
Only those aged 18 or over may hold an SIA licence.
Due to the nature of the work and training, only those aged 18 or over should be enrolled to licenced-linked qualifications for cash and valuables in transit, door supervision and close protection. However, 16-17-year olds may enrol on security officer, CCTV and vehicle immobilisation qualifications’ providing it is made clear to them, that they cannot possess a licence until the age of 18. 16-17-year olds are exempt from the requirement of video recording their practical assessment. In these cases, alternative evidence such as a transcript must be provided.
Certification
Only full certification from an SIA approved awarding organisation or an SIA approved QAA higher education body will be acceptable evidence of successful achievement of licence-linked qualifications.
Audit Criteria
To ensure consistent quality and full compliance of delivery and assessment, training centres offering any/all licence-linked qualifications are required to allow representatives from the SIA / awarding organisations/qualification regulators and anyone associated with these; to inspect/audit training, delivery, and assessment (including venues) at any time and without notice. The only exception for this may be some CViT centres who have special protocols in place.
Each awarding organisation, as part of the process of gaining SIA endorsement, will have given assurances as to the quality assurance processes that they intend to run, which includes the commitment that every centre is reviewed annually.
The SIA regularly reviews the quality assurance processes through a range of activities including quarterly meetings with all awarding organisations and individual awarding organisation quality meetings twice per year.
Each awarding organisation will also ensure they continue to monitor all training centres regularly as part of their Ofqual/SQA/QW/CCEA approval and in accordance with the additional quality measures for both approvals and external quality assurance (EQA) agreed with the SIA.
The awarding organisation reserves the right to withdraw the approval of trainers and/or training centres if quality assurance processes including all the requirements in this document are not complied with.

Training Requirements

Trainer/Assessors delivering licence-linked qualifications
Approved trainers/assessors seeking to deliver licence-linked qualifications must have successfully completed a range of formal qualifications. These are detailed below.
All trainers/assessors must have achieved as a minimum.

Trainer Requirements
1. Award in Education and Training (Level 3 QCF/RQF) (Level 6 SCQF)
or a teaching or training qualification at Level 3 (QCF/RQF) Level 6 (SCQF) (or equivalent or above), which has been accredited by SQA/QCA/Ofqual or validated by a HEI, or equivalent such as:
o Level 4 Award in Education and Training (QCF/RQF)
o Certificate in Education
o Post Graduate Certificate in Education
o SVQ/NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in Learning and Development
o Scottish Training Qualification for Further Education (TQFE)
o PTLLS, CTLLS or DTLLS
o Master’s in Education
2. and A National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) / SIA endorsed counter-terrorism programme such as the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) Awareness training which must be completed annually. This is not a requirement for trainers delivering Close Protection until this qualification is re-developed but is good practice.
Assessor Qualifications
Assessors to hold any of the following qualifications.
• Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (RQF)
• Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF)
• Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (RQF)
• A1 Assessing Learners Using a Range of Methods
• D32 Assess Learner Performance
• D33 Assess Learner Using Different sources of Evidence
Or the following unit from an Assessor qualification.
• Unit 1 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
Or the following units from a Teaching qualification.
• Understanding Assessment in Education and Training unit from a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
• Understand the Principles and Practices of Assessment from a 12 credit Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
• Principles of Assessment in Lifelong Learning from a 12 credit Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
• Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment from a Level 3 Certificate/Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development.
Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment from a Level 3 Certificate/Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development.
• Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding Level 3 Certificate/Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development.
It is expected that in most cases the trainer and the assessor will be the same person. If assessors do not hold any of these qualifications/units at the launch of these qualifications, they will have until 30th September 2022 to achieve them.
Please note as there are no practical assessments for CViT, an assessor qualification is not required for this sector. This is not a requirement for trainers delivering Close Protection until this qualification is re-developed but is good practice.

Qualification requirements for Internal Quality Assurers (IQA)
All those seeking to undertake internal quality assurance activities for licence-linked qualifications must have achieved as a minimum the following.

Internal Quality Assurer
Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) to hold any of the following qualifications.
• Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
• Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
• Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Process and Practices (RQF)
• V1 Conduct Internal Quality Assurance of the Assessment Process
• D34 Internally Verify the Assessment Process

Or the following unit from an IQA qualification.
• Unit 2/Unit 4 Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment.
If IQAs do not hold any of these units at the launch of these qualifications, they will have until 30th September 2022 to achieve one.
Please note as there are no practical assessments for CViT, an IQA qualification is not required for this sector. This is not a requirement for IQAs delivering Close Protection until this qualification is re-developed but is good practice.
Each centre unless only offering the CViT qualification is required to have access to at least one qualified IQA by 30th September 2022 with security sector competency relevant to the area they are quality assuring and who is familiar with the course content of the units that they are quality assuring.
Centre personnel who wish to check their eligibility may do so by contacting any SIA endorsed awarding organisation.

Additional criteria for approved Trainers, Assessors and IQA’s wishing to deliver Application of Conflict Management in the Private Security Industry unit and Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

The SIA requires all trainers and assessors involved in the delivery of one of the above conflict management units of licence-linked qualifications to have received relevant training. Trainers are required to hold a qualification at NQF/QCF/RQF Level 3 Deliverers of Conflict Management Training.
The IQA does not need to hold a formal conflict management qualification but does need to have appropriate competence in conflict management. Appropriate competency could come from employment in.
• Armed services
• Police service
• Security industry
• Prison service
Occupational Competence for approved Trainers and Assessors
Trainers and assessors delivering licence-linked qualifications must demonstrate that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and understanding of the sector in which they are providing training.
Awarding organisations will require sufficient information about a trainers and assessor’s occupational competence for consideration in the approval process. Occupational competence will normally come from working in the Private Security Industry, but other relevant experience may be acceptable and will be considered by the awarding organisations on a case-by-case basis. There is no requirement for a trainer or assessor to have a current SIA licence.
Other relevant experience could come from employment in.
• Armed services
• Police service
• Security industry
• Prison service
To ensure that trainers and assessors have the right occupational competence, the SIA and awarding organisations require trainers and assessors new to the sector (i.e. this is their first role as a trainer or assessor in the security sector as identified from their CV) to have two years frontline operational experience in the last five in the UK (close protection will remain as three years frontline operational experience in the last ten years in the UK until the redeveloped qualification is launched), relevant to the qualifications that they are delivering. This operational experience can be achieved from full/part-time/weekend employment and achieved in blocks of employment if it meets the threshold above. The CViT sector will accept 12 months experience in the last three years.
This experience should have been gained in the UK, although it is recognised that some overseas experience in close protection may also be relevant and this will be judged on individual merit by the awarding organisation.

Existing trainers and assessors must demonstrate to the awarding organisations that they are taking sufficient steps to keep their occupational competence up to date. Suitable steps would include attendance at relevant conferences and seminars, and continuing work experience in the sector. Trainers and assessors must be able to demonstrate evidence of a suitable level of continued professional development (CPD) in the sector. This should include the equivalent of at least 40 hours every year spent in a combination of training, increasing professional knowledge through other means, or working in the industry. This CPD record must show that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) / SIA endorsed counter terrorism programme such as the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) awareness training has been completed on an annual basis.
It is the responsibility of training centres to retain the CPD information of trainers and assessors. Awarding organisations and the SIA reserve the right to spot check this information for accuracy and quality assurance (QA) purposes. This evidence must be retained for a minimum of three years for audit purposes.
Additional criteria for approved Trainers and Assessors wishing to deliver Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry unit
All trainers delivering and assessing physical intervention skills training for the door supervisor licence-linked qualifications must hold all the following.
• A suitable teaching/training qualification.
• A suitable Level 3 qualification in conflict management training.
• A Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry (QCF/RQF); and
• A current certificate (updated annually) from an approved Level 3 programme provider which details that the trainer is authorised to deliver the skills in the approved Level 2 physical intervention programme. It is the responsibility of the trainer to submit this to the training provider/centre for the awarding organisations to check the authenticity of these on an annual basis.
The IQA does not need to hold a formal qualification in physical intervention but does need to have appropriate competence in physical intervention such as in the sector (PSI, Armed forces, Police). The SIA and awarding organisations require trainers and assessors new to the sector (i.e. this is their first role as a trainer or assessor in the security sector as identified from their CV) to have two years frontline operational experience in the last five in the UK, relevant to the qualifications that they are delivering.
Awarding organisations will require sufficient information about an IQA’s occupational competence which will be considered by the awarding organisations on a case-by-case basis.
The SIA may publish additional requirements for trainers as and when they are agreed. Trainers looking to deliver licence-linked qualifications should ensure that they are fully familiar and compliant with the requirements as communicated by the relevant awarding organisation.

Rules for the use of Physical Intervention Skills Training Programmes
Only those physical intervention skills programmes that appear on the SIA website on the list ‘Physical Intervention Skills: Trainer Training’ can be used to train learners registered to achieve the licence-linked physical intervention unit. Training centres are advised to check the list at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-sia-licence-linked-training-courses on a regular basis.
Only training centres who are approved to offer the Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry qualification may offer this unit as a standalone.
Centres must ensure the learners completing the standalone unit meet at least one of the conditions below.
• They hold a current SIA licence in one of the following: door supervision (for refresher training only), security guarding, vehicle immobilising or close protection.
• They have the relevant SIA licence-linked certificate/qualification which is under three years old in one of the following: door supervision, security guarding, vehicle immobilising or close protection.
• They are a current SIA licence holder who has chosen to complete this as part of their CPD (voluntary upskilling/refresher).
• They are current SIA licence holders who have had conditions added to their licence and must re-take this training as part of the requirement to have this suspension lifted/condition removed.
It is the training centres responsibility to ensure that all learners undertaking this as a standalone unit meet one of these requirements and to keep and maintain the relevant records.
Order of delivery/assessment of the Units
It is a requirement that learners undertaking the Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry or the Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry are trained in the Application of Conflict Management in the Private Security Industry before.
• The practical assessment of Principles of Working as a Security Officer in the Private Security Industry
• The practical assessment of Principles of Working as a Door Supervisor in the Private Security Industry
• The delivery of Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry.
The assessment of the Application of Conflict Management in the Private Security Industry unit can be done after the physical intervention has been delivered.
It is a requirement that learners undertaking the CCTV licence-linked qualification are trained in.
o Principles of Working in the Private Security Industry
o Principles and Practices of working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry
Before the one-to-one CCTV practical assessment is undertaken.
Reasonable Adjustments
Awarding organisations require each training provider to operate a reasonable adjustments policy appropriate to licence-linked programmes and their assessment.
It is important that training centres are aware that learners put forward for training and assessment may not be in all cases be eligible to obtain an SIA licence.
All cases where a reasonable adjustment has been used must be fully documented and made available for EQA and retained for a minimum of three years.

Delivery Requirements

Delivery of content specific to the Devolved Nations.
Whilst the learning outcomes and assessment criteria apply across the UK, the awarding organisations have provided indicative content that is specific to each of the devolved nations. This content mainly deals with differences between the Laws of England and Wales, and those of Scotland and of Northern Ireland. Where the indicative content allows for variations, training providers must deliver content reflective of the country where the learners intend to seek employment using an SIA licence.
Legal Systems and Local Laws
The legal systems of Scotland and Northern Ireland differ from that of England and Wales. Differences in the legal systems are reflected in the delivery of relevant sections of the qualifications. Employers however may not know which version of the qualification an employee may have taken, so the SIA advises that operatives and their employers remain responsible for being familiar with the laws and legal system relating to the area in which they will be working.
International delivery of Licence-linked Qualifications
Delivery of licence-linked qualifications outside the UK is acceptable where an awarding organisation is satisfied that delivery is in line with the UK qualification regulations requirements and subject to the awarding organisations standard quality assurance arrangements.
Training centres should be aware that for learners to get an SIA licence they must have the right to work in the UK.
Conflict Management Delivery
When delivering the conflict management module, the following rules apply.
Security Officer
Training must include at least one practical scenario from each of the four headings
• Enforcement Scenario
• Defusing Scenario
• Confronting Scenario
• High-Risk Scenario
Door Supervisor
Training must include at least one practical scenario from each of the three headings
• Refusal Scenario
• Rejection Scenario
• Incident Scenario
Close Protection
Centres are reminded that as the Close Protection qualification remains unchanged, they are to continue to use the old conflict management unit and the rules around practical scenarios remains unchanged.
Pre-requisite for Learners
English Language
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 the English and/or Welsh language. All assessment 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 equivalent to the following.
• A B2 Level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications.
• A B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
• An ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
• An ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and qualifications Framework Level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland.
• Functional Skills Level 1 in English.
• SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and qualifications Framework Level 5.
• Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1.

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.
All English/Welsh language assessments used by training centres must be agreed with their awarding organisation (AO) as part of their security approval.
Training centres must retain this information for all learners against all four competencies for a minimum of three years in line with the retention of assessment evidence requirements.
First Aid (Door Supervision and Security Officer)
From 01 April 2021 learners taking their Door Supervision or Security Officer training for the first time 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, as a minimum, have achieved an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification covering the following outcomes.
• understand the role of the first aider, including reference to:
o the importance of preventing cross-infection
o the need for recording incidents and actions
o use of available equipment
• assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
• administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
• administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator
• administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
• administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
• administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
• provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).
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 course start date.
It is the centre’s responsibility to check the learner’s First Aid certificate and maintain relevant records of how a learner meets this requirement.
Training centres must retain this information for a minimum of three years in line with retention of assessment evidence requirements.
*Training centres are permitted to deliver suitable First Aid qualifications together with security qualifications as part of a training package. All First Aid training must be completed and passed prior to the commencement of the security training.

Please note learners undertaking a Cash and Valuables in Transit (CViT), Vehicle Immobilisation and CCTV qualification will not be required to hold any First Aid qualifications.

First Aid (Close Protection)
It is an SIA requirement that training centres must confirm that each learner has a valid Level 3 (RQF/QCF) Level 6 (SQF) 3-day full First Aid qualification before they can begin any close protection training.
Training centres are permitted to deliver suitable First Aid qualifications together with the close protection qualification as part of a training package. All First Aid training must be completed and passed prior to the commencement of the close protection training. Acceptable First Aid qualifications include.
• Level 3 (RQF/QCF) Level 6 (SCQF) First Aid at Work
• Level 3 (RQF/QCF) Level 6 (SCQF) First Person on Scene
• Level 3 (RQF/QCF) Level 6 (SCQF) First Response Emergency Care
• Level 3 (RQF) Level 6 (SCQF) First Aid Response
Training centres must confirm that each learner holds a valid First Aid certificate that complies with the following requirements which have been taken directly from HSE guidance document.
Learners should present their valid First Aid certificate to their training provider before they start training. If the learner does not have a recognised First Aid qualification but can demonstrate an appropriate job role at or above the required level (e.g. paramedic) they need to provide evidence of this to the centre before being allowed on the course.
This is in addition to the minimum 139.5 hours knowledge and practical skills training.
It is the centre’s responsibility to check the learners’ first aid certificate and maintain relevant records of how a learner meets this requirement.
Training centres must retain this information for a minimum of three years in line with retention of assessment evidence requirements.

Contact time is defined as the time where the learner is in the same room as the trainer or invigilator and receiving training or undertaking assessment. This time does not include.
• Any breaks in the delivery of the course.
• Assessing all English language skills.
• An induction / course registration / checking ID / other course administration.
Awarding organisations must ensure that training centres are delivering over the correct number of hours and days if distance learning is not used.
Each day should not exceed 8 hours of contact time (except for Close Protection).
Training centres must retain detailed registers that include start/end/break times of training for each day and must be signed daily by the learners. This includes a record of any late arrivals/early leavers and how these learners made up the required hours which they missed. These must be retained for audit purposes. Training centres must retain this information for a minimum of three years in line with retention of assessment evidence requirements.
Use of self-study
The SIA and the awarding organisations recognise that there is some learning that contributes to the achievement of the licence-linked qualifications that can be completed through self-study.
Where a centre wishes to use self-study in this way, they must firstly inform their awarding organisation. The centre must detail within their quality management processes each of the following.
• The areas of learning delivered by self-study.
• The method of self-study to be used.
• The number of hours to be covered by the self-study material.
• A robust and auditable method for determining that learners have undertaken the self-study.
It is important the materials used clearly show learners, how many hours learning they are expected to undertake and that they are given sufficient time to allow them to complete it before their course begins. It is also a requirement that the centre checks these during training to ensure appropriate learning has occurred. This will be quality assured through the awarding organisations external quality assurance processes.

Axiom Dynamics pride ourselves in adhering to the industry standards. We also provide guidance and consultation to those currently working in the sector and those wanting to get into the industry as training providers.

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