The Security Industry Authority
It is essential that individuals working in the private security industry undergo a structured training programme that results in a recognised qualification.
"The SIA" have developed a competency (skills) requirement as part of our licensing function. Individuals applying for a front line SECURITY INDUSTRY AUTHORITY licence must prove that they are properly qualified to do their job. If they don’t hold one of the SECURITY INDUSTRY AUTHORITY-endorsed qualifications then their licence application will be refused.*
"The SIA" believe that this will result in a more competent and professional workforce. It will also improve the public image of the private security industry and make it more attractive to potential employees.
* Some previously existing qualifications in security-related disciplines may allow exemption from all or part of the SECURITY INDUSTRY AUTHORITY approved training.
"The SIA" will:
Maintain core competency specifications that meet the needs of the private security industry and are based on industry best practice.
Consult with key stakeholders to continuously improve the standards of both training and qualifications.
Take into consideration the National Occupational Standards that are relevant to the private security industry. National Occupational Standards are work-related statements of the competence an individual requires in order to carry out key tasks effectively.
The competencies specified by "The SIA" cover the core activities of vehicle immobilising and manned guarding. "The SIA" accept that there may be competencies relating to more specific activities that "The SIA" have not covered. "The SIA" have identified the skills that an individual must have in order to obtain an SECURITY INDUSTRY AUTHORITY licence: this does not prevent them from undertaking further training if they wish or if the specific nature of their role requires it.
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