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Changes to the training Staff need for an SIA licence

May 5, 2022 by WINNS Services
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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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