Training and the SIA

The Security Industry has been changing since the implementation of the Private Security Industry Act of 2001 (PSIA 2001) some elements have improved the Industry and some have been questionable from a Security point of view.  There is no doubt there needed to be changes to improve standards and create an air of professionalism which has not currently materialised, as wages are still low and trianing has been neglected with only the requirement to complete short courses to be qualified, with no requirement for ongoing professional development. 

Basic Requirements (Source Get Licensed July 2022)

  • Be aged 18 or over;
  • Pass an identity check
  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Have the appropriate, SIA recognised,
    licence-linked qualification
  • Have the right to work in the United
    Kingdom (UK).
Aviation Security

Types of SIA Licence (See SIA Website for a full description)

Security Guarding – Those operating on general security sites such as Company Premises, Construction Sites and Events that do not include licensed activities

Door Supervisor – Working or Operating within a Licensed environment as described in the Licensing Act 2003 and generally associated with Nightclubs, Events, and licensed Entertainment

CCTV Operator – Operates CCTV overseeing a public area, who generally Operate in static control rooms such as Councils or Corporate businesses where the general public have access. 

Close Protection Operator – Individuals who are assigned to protect either a VIP, High Networth Individual, Celebratiy or other person who maybe under threat.

Cash and Valuables in Transit (CviT) – This is a specialist trade predominantly operated to transfer cash & valuables from businesses to banks etc. Such as those transferring cash from supemarkets to banks etc. 

Alternative Roles and Responsibilities of Close Protection Operative (1)

Close Protection – What you really need to Know!

The UK Level 3 Close Protection Operatives course which is currently 18 days as a minimum as required by the SIA.

When undertaking this course you must be aware that it is only an introduction to the subject matter, and doesn’t make you a bodyguard irrespective of what the SIA say or do by giving you a badge. To be proficient enough to really protect some elses life , you need a couple of things that don’t come easy, and that’s experience, dedication and Knowledge that far exceeds the course. 

Listed below are some critical aspects of being a professional CP Operative (Not an exhaustive list)

  • First Aid at the very least F-POS(I) or FREC (You never know when you’ll need it)
  • Advanced Self Defence – This needs to at least the same level of Police Officers or higher
  • Physical Fitness – You must be able to meet the criteria of an Army Battle Fitness Test (BFT)
  • Advanced Knowldege – In various subjects including Counter Terrorism, Security, Weapons, TSCM, Cyber Security, Residential Security, Executive Driving, Surveillance, Risk/Threat Assessment and Planning
  • Soft Skills – Languages, Computers, Etiquette, Business & Social Protocols, General knowledge around Planes, Luxury Yachts and VIP Leisure activities  
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