General Security Roles

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General Security Roles

The security industry is a recognised part of our lives and an essential aspect of the world we live in, helping to keep us safe at all levels. The number of general security roles is very broad, however, the entry training (SIA badge) creates the benchmark of what we should expect. 

Everyone is now required to prove they can speak and write English to an acceptable level prior to completing an SIA Security course and what better way of doing it than online with Theory First 

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English Assessment

The Theory First English assessment has been put together to help give you the chance to show that you have the skills that will help you find work in the UK. Some employers like to be sure that you can work safely and understand what is being asked of you; for others, they must do this check before you can start your training.

We aim to help give you the confidence that you can read, write and speak in English clearly and give you a Certificate of Achievement when you pass the assessment. So, take your time, read all the instructions carefully as these will give you a good idea of what you must do and how to do it.

As part of the registration, you will be asked to upload a picture of yourself (head and shoulders only). This helps us to check your identity during the assessment. This picture will be added to your certificate so that when you take it to job interviews, they can see that it was you who has done the hard work and passed the assessment.

Please do all of the tasks in the assessment. Do not give up because you think you have not done well! By doing all the tasks, it gives us the chance to let you know what you did well or what you need to do to get better.

Once you have registered and paid your fee, you have up to 4 weeks to finish the assessment, but it is up to you how quickly you want to get it done.

Price: £18.00


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This page is designed to represent the Security Industry Licensed Operatives for example those with SIA Badges, working in:

  • Security Guarding
  • Door Supervision
  • CCTV and
  • Close Protection.

First Aid is now a requirement prior to commencing training within the Security Industry

SIA Security Guards (SG)

The Security Guard within the general security roles traditionally Patrols and Monitors Establishments, Entrances and Exits, and other areas to prevent or stop incidents, Monitor Health & Safety, and prevent theft or violence.

Security Guards are often found in Gate Houses monitoring people and vehicles entering and leaving the premises, they also respond to alarms and may have either First Aid or Fire Warden responsibilities and may apprehend individuals who pose a security threat to the establishment.

Currently, Security Guard training consists of the following: (This is to change on 1st April 2021)

All security Personnel from 1st April 2021 must hold a Level 3 First Aid Qualification with the 1-day EFAW being the minimum standard.

From 1st of April 2021 the SIA has stipulated that his course must be run over 4 days (30 hours if self-study is used) and 5 days (38 hours) where there no distance learning.

Each day of training, delivery and assessment must not exceed 8 hours.

  • Principles of working in the private security industry
  • Principles of working as a security officer in the private security industry
  • Application of conflict management in the private security industry.

Door Supervision (DS)

The Door Supervisor has traditionally been associated with Night Clubs and Venues selling and authorising the Sale of Alcohol. Their role is to uphold the licensing conditions of a Premises Licence which is issued by the Local Council. Those conditions are set out in the Licensing Act 2003 and the Licensing Order 2010.

Licensing Objectives Are as follows: 

Licensing Laws for Guide to Licensing Law for the SIA Licensed Door Supervisor

  • Prevention of Crime
  • Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • Public Safety
  • Prevention of Harm to Children.

It is with the Licensing Objectives in mind that the training for Door Supervisors is distinctly different to other security roles.

The training involves the following:

(Again, it will be mandatory from 1st April 2021 to hold a First Aid Qualification)

  • Principles of working in the private security industry.
  • Principles of working as a door supervisor in the private security industry.
  • Application of conflict management in the private security industry
  • Application of physical intervention skills in the private security industry

According to the SIA, this training must be delivered over a minimum of 6 days (44 Hours) if the home study is applied or over 7 days (52 Hours) if it is all classroom-based.

For Instructors your Physical Intervention provider should issue you a Licence to Practice once you have completed the Level 3 Instructors Course along with everything you need to teach the program please make sure you get a Licence to Practice as without it you cannot teach PI on DS courses 

Many PI Providers provide this as a single charge for the year, then, require you to do a refresher course each consecutive year to renew your licence which will have a unique number for you to provide your Awarding body along with a copy of both your Level 3 PI Certificate and Licence Agreement. 

CCTV Operators

Many Security Operatives hold both a DS/SG Badge and CCTV which enables them to work in a wider variety of establishments with diverse roles. The role of the CCTV operator is an essential service for Councils, Police Forces, and larger establishments, as they are the Eyes of the Security Services detecting crime and Health & Safety issues across the country.

Their training consists of:

  • Principles of working in the private security industry.
  • Principles and Practices of Working as a CCTV Operator in the Private Security Industry

CCTV Operatives rarely engage with the public on a face-to-face basis unless they are operating Body Cams or External Cameras at Venues.

As of 1st April 2021, they will be required to and must take place over a minimum of 3 days (22 hours, if self-study is used), and each day of training, delivery, and assessment must not exceed 8 hours.

Please check with the relevant Awarding Organisation if you have concerns about your course or the number of hours you are completing on your course.

Advanced Security Roles

As you progress through your career within the security industry, you may find that you want to advance to some more specialist roles, these could include Covert Operations, Close Protection, Maritime Security, or Private Investigations to name a few.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the available courses please feel free to contact Security CPD Global Ltd.

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