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The Security Industry Act 2001 (security licensing law) has made it compulsory for all those who work in the security industry to undergo training and possess a valid SIA licence. To get an SIA licence a candidate will have to show that they have successfully completed one or more of these courses.

From 1st April 2015 new regulations came in to effect that saw the number of hours for each unit increase. There are still 3 – 4 units to the courses required by the SIA. Each training course (competency requirement) has now been updated by the SIA. For example, anyone undergoing a training course for Door Supervisors will now complete a 4 unit course (previously 2 units) which now includes Physical Intervention as the 4th unit. To become a Security Guard one must have completed the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Working in the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 2 – Working as a Security Officer
  • Unit 3 – Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry

SIA Security Officer Training Course contents:

 Core Learning for Common Security Industry Knowledge (10 hours)

  • Module 1: Private Security Industry and awareness of the law.
  • Module 2: Health and Safety for the Private Security Operative
  • Module 3: Fire Safety Awareness
  • Module 4: Emergency Procedures
  • Module 5: The Private Security Industry
  • Module 6: Communication Skills and Customer Care

Security Officer Specialist Module (12 hours)

  • Module 1: The role of a security officer within the private security industry
  • Module 2: The importance of, and reasons for, patrolling
  • Module 3: Understand how to control access to and egress from a site
  • Module 4: Understand basic search procedures
  • Module 5: Understand the purpose and function of different types of technology, security and monitoring systems in the security environment
  • Module 6: Understand the law and its relevance to the role of a security officer
  • Module 7: Understand the importance and purpose of reporting and record keeping

Conflict Management Module (8 hours)

  • Module 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
  • Module 2: Defusing Conflict
  • Module 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
  • Module 4: Emergency Procedures
  • Module 4b: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Door Supervisors


This qualification is usually achieved by taking a 3 day classroom-based course accompanied by blended and/or distance learning. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods, providing the recommended learning hours are completed.
***** Please be advised, that although the course is only 3 days, the processing time for results is normally between 2 and 3 weeks, on top of this you will also have the SIA processing time, please take this into consideration when thinking about time-scales for applying for  your qualification****

Cost of Course

£169 + vat per person

Group discounts available on request.

If you would like to discuss any of this please do not hesitate to contact any of our offices, Aberdeen 01224 51 61 71, Dundee 01382 60 40 60 or Glasgow 0141 432 2018.

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