If you are considering a career within the security industry, then two of the best places to start are as a security guard or door supervisor. It is from here that you can build a solid foundation of knowledge and experience and should you so choose, then progress onto the more difficult but ultimately more rewarding career of close protection.
Because of the relatively new Government laws, the only way for you to be able to work in the UK security industry is by acquiring the obligatory SIA licence for your choice of security sector. This can only be achieved by sitting and passing the compulsory Security Industry Authority qualification performed by an approved SIA training firm.
Door Supervisor and Security Guard training contains quite a bit of theory but this is necessary as you need to have a firm grasp of legislation and the roles and responsibilities of your position.
Usually a course will be held over two to three days, and at the end you will be required to sit a written exam and be required to give an assessment of conflict management videos to ensure that you understand the principles and can apply your knowledge.
At the end of your training, and if you pass, you are entitled to apply for your SIA licence.
As soon as you receive your SIA licence, so you will be allowed to work in the security industry for a period of three years during which time you should make every effort to improve your skills and knowledge. At the end of the three-year period, you must renew your license. This should not be a problem, provided that you have not been involved in any discreditable actions.
Remember that an SIA Licence is an essential requirement for becoming a door supervisor and security guard, and for that matter, any role encompassed within the private security sector. This also applies to security services such as Cash in Transit, manned guarding, CCTV, Key Holding and Close Protection.
Failure to obtain an SIA licence means that any work you do in these roles means that you will be breaking the law and will face a fine or prison sentence, perhaps both should the event be significant enough to warrant such actions.
An SIA licence, enables you to begin working almost immediately, as the growth of terrorism and recession driven petty crime means an increased demand for security staff in all sectors.
Do some research and get the best quality Security Guard and Door Supervisor training, look for a highly regarded company with SIA training certification. This will guarantee you get an answer to all your questions and the very best possible commencement to your new career.
Should you have questions about SIA training, or how to achieve an SIA licence or any other general security questions, then contact us via the information on this page or by visiting our website.