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The SIA have announced changes to the training requirements for front line SIA licences. These new requirements will start in April and October 2021. The changes include:
1st April 2021:
1st October 2021:
The SIA website states that the changes are required to make sure that people working in the private security industry can:
Applicants for a close protection licence are already required to complete a first aid qualification before taking their licence-linked training. This requirement will be extended to include applicants for a door supervisor or security guard licence from 1 April 2021.
The first aid training requirement will apply if:
From 1 October 2021, the first aid requirement will also apply for licence renewals.
The qualification must be an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification or equivalent. “Equivalent” qualifications are defined as those that comply with the relevant guidance from the Health and Safety Executive. Some examples are:
From 1 October 2021, applicants must have one of the following before applying for a door supervisor or security guard licence:
Training that is critical for all sectors has been moved to the ‘common unit’ (taken by all security operatives). This includes new training on:
New sector-specific content has been added – for example:
The number of practical elements in the training has been increased to help learners reinforce their knowledge. The practical assessments include: