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From 1st April 2021 learners wishing to start their SIA Security Officer Course should successfully complete their First Aid at Work training before they start their Door Supervisor course. The certificate must be valid for at least 12 months from the course start date.
It has been developed and is awarded by Highfield Qualifications and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF is a qualification framework regulated by Ofqual and CCEA Regulation. It is an accredited qualification and suited for anyone who wishes to work in the private security industry in the UK. With this licence individuals can work in places, such as corporate buildings, shopping malls, retail outlets, construction sites, residential sites, schools, banks, hospitals, stadiums, hotels, cinemas, etc., but you cannot work in any venue with entertainment and alcohol licence.
This course is based on relevant SIA specifications for learning and qualifications, and therefore provides the necessary skills and knowledge for learners to apply for an SIA licence in this field. It is recommended to complete the Door Supervisor course over the Security Guarding course, as there is far more demand for Door Supervisors in the UK and most importantly, with Door Supervisor licence you can work as a security guard, but with security guard licence you cannot work as a Door Supervisor.
Common Security Industry Knowledge
Session 1: Awareness of the Law in the Private Security Industry
Session 2: Health and Safety for the Private Security Operative
Session 3: Fire Safety Awareness
Session 4: Emergency Procedures
Session 5: The Private Security Industry
Session 6: Communication Skills and Customer Care
Conflict Management Module
Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
Session 2: Defusing Conflict
Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
Session 4: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Security Guarding & Close Protection.
Security Guarding Specialist Module
Session 1: Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of Security Officers
Session 2: Patrolling
Session 3: Access and Egress Control
Session 4: Searching
Session 5: Technology and Systems in the Security Environment
Session 6: The Security Officer and The Law
Session 7: Communicating, Reporting and Record Keeping
Minimum age requirement is 18
Given upon purchasing a course
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Given upon purchasing a course
All course & exam fees are included within the price. Each package precisely defines its benefits.
Retake - £40 per retake (if you fail all units)
If Bonus Card purchased
a) Blue Bonus Card - 2 Retakes - £60 (one off fee)
b) Green Bonus Card - 3 Retakes - £80 (one off fee).
c) Golden Bonus Card - 4 Retakes - £120 (one off fee).
Please see our Booking T&Cs for further info.
Customers are able to choose a location of their choice upon purchasing the course.
How the course is delivered?
It is a blended course. Total time is 38 hours:
Online learning – 8 hours eLearning is done online prior to the course commencement date. You will be given access to our online portal.
Classroom learning – 30 hours learning is done in a classroom environment (face to face) over 4 days.
In line with the Security Industry Authority’s documentation requirements, as an approved Highfield Qualifications Centres we accept the following forms of identification:
2 identity documents from the Group A list. At least 1 document must show the leaner’s current address and at least 1 document must show their date of birth; OR
1 identity document from Group A together with 2 documents from Group B (at least 1 document must show the learner’s current address and at least 1 document must show their date of birth).
Current, valid UK passport.
Signed valid passport of any other nationality.
Driving licence photocard if it was issued by the DVLA in Great Britain. We will not accept the photocard on its own if it was issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
Driving licence photocard and its paper counterpart issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
UK original birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth
UK biometric residence permit card
Bank or building society statement issued to your current address, less than three months old. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different bank or building society.
Utility bill (gas, electric, telephone, water, satellite, cable) issued to your current address within the last three months. You can only submit one utility bill in support of your application.
A credit card statement sent to your current address within the last three months. You can submit more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different issuer.
Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.
Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.
Letter from H.M. Revenue & Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service, or local authority issued within the last three months. You can submit more than one letter as long as each is issued by a different Government department or a different local authority.
P45 statement of income for tax purposes on leaving a job issued in the last 12 months.
P60 annual statement of income for tax purposes issued in the last 12 months.
Current UK driving licence - paper version (not the paper counterpart to a photocard).
Driving licence photocard (without a paper counterpart) issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.
Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in last 12 months.
Valid UK firearms licence with photo.
Two passport size photographs
Results are available within 10 working days of the exams. HIGH PASS RATE
Successful candidates will receive a Level 2 Award in Security Guarding from a recognised awarding body within England and Wales.
Upon successful completion of this course, one of our partner companies might offer you employment and handle your SIA application process also. However, if employment is not offered, you will need to go through the application process on your own, which in some cases can be complicated. Therefore, please follow the link to learn more about the licensing before starting the SIA application process - Information for Applicants.
Group bookings and in-house delivery
We can deliver the training at your location/premises for up to 12 or more learners.
For more information and group booking discounts please contact us.
How is the qualification assessed?
It is divided into 3-units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations. These units are as follows:
Unit 1: Working in the Private Security Industry
Externally set and marked multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination made up of 72 questions (110 minutes). Pass mark = 70%
Unit 2: Working as a Security Officer in the Private Security Industry
Externally set and marked multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination made up of 60 questions (90 minutes). Pass mark = 70%
Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry
Externally set and marked multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination made up of 20 questions (30 minutes). Pass mark = 70%