SIA Licences – Security consultancy – SIA qualifications

by SIA Site Admin // October 25

Training & qualifications – Qualifications

Competency policy
Working with the security industry, the Qualifications Curriculum Authority and awarding bodies, the SIA has developed a competency (skills) strategy in support of licensing. This will set out the standards of competencies needed by individuals employed within the private security industry. The SIA will recognise existing qualifications where these meet requirements. Where gaps exist, new qualifications will be developed. The SIA is working with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority who will accredit the qualifications and the Learning and Skills Council who may provide appropriate funding to offset the costs of the training.

The competencies needed to obtain a licence and begin working in the private security industry and the training courses to achieve them are likely to be made up of units. These may include first aid, health and safety communications, conflict management, knowledge of relevant legislation, etc.


  • A training and qualifications framework leading to licensing which meets the needs of the private security industry and is based on best practice.
  • Increased skills and competence of those working within the industry raising standards.
  • Employees within the private security industry will see for the first time a clear career path through the industry from the moment they join.
  • The security industry will be more attractive to potential employees and will have a better public image.

Competencies will be tailored to meet the needs of each industry sector and will give new entrants the skills and knowledge to do their job. At the end of training, people will need to sit a short exam and if successful will get a qualification. This qualification will be needed in order to get an SIA licence. Therefore, everyone joining in the private security industry will be trained and qualified for their role before they start work. This will lead to a more competent and professional workforce.