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Changes to the training Staff need for an SIA licence

May 5, 2022 by WINNS Services

In 2021 the SIA made some changes to the training you need to take before you can get or renew a front-line SIA licence.

The changes were:

  • New, updated qualifications for all badge holders except close protection and vehicle immobilisation.
  • Applicants and renewals must have a first aid qualification before they can take the training required for a door supervisor or security guard licence.
  • You must have one of the new qualifications or take top-up training before you can apply for a door supervisor and security guard licence.  This includes renewals.
The SIA made changes to the close protection qualification in April 2022:
  • From 1 April 2022, you must have the new qualification to apply for a close protection licence.  This does not include renewals.
  • From 1 October 2022, you must have the new qualification or take top-up training before you can renew your close protection licence.
Why are the SIA making these changes?

They need to demonstrate that security staff working in the private security industry can:

  • Keep the public safe
  • Follow new working practices
  • Understand recent changes to the law
  • Make the best use of new technology
First Aid training for door supervisors and security guards

You will need to do this if either of the following applies:

  • You are applying for a licence for the first time.
  • If it has been longer than 3 years since you last held a licence for that activity
  • If you are renewing your licence

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

What do we mean by “equivalent”?
  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • First Person on Scene (FPOS)
  • First Response Emergency Care (FREC)
First aid training for close protection operatives
  • Level 3 First Person on Scene (FPOS)
  • Level 3 First Response Emergency Care (FREC)




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