SIA Licences and Training: All You Need to Know

SIA Licences and Training: All You Need to Know

Published: May 30, 2022

At Advanced Tactical Resources, we provide bespoke, scenario-driven training courses covering many specialisms. 

We regularly provide training for individuals and organisations who need to fulfil their Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence requirements. This short guide will explain everything that an individual or corporation would need to know regarding SIA licence training and how you can obtain the correct one.

What is an SIA Licence?

SIA licences are compulsory security licences which any individual or business must obtain before undertaking specific activities within the private security industry.

The term ‘private security’ refers to any type of business service provided outside of government jurisdiction. An operative within the private security industry includes (but is not limited to) anyone working as a door supervisor, CCTV operator, security officer, or even working as a close protection officer.

History of the SIA

The SIA licence was introduced in 2004 because at that time the security industry had no national licensing system. Before the licence was introduced, local councils had to allow individuals to work at hospitality venues without any background checks.

The SIA licence has provided numerous people with the opportunity to begin a career in a regulated and respected industry with structured training programs. This licence ensures unsuitable people are not actively working in the security industry.

Types of SIA Licence

There are two primary SIA licence types: front-line and non-front-line licences.

Front-Line Licence

This is compulsory for any individual working as a front-line officer or operative. A specific front-line SIA licence would depend on the job that the individual has. For example, an SIA door supervisor licence and an SIA cash and valuables in transit licence are two separate things.

To find out who requires a front-line SIA licence, the list of courses further down this page will explain.

Non-Front-Line Licence

This licence is necessary if you manage, supervise or employ individuals who engage in any licensable activities. Provided your work isn’t a front-line role, you’ll need to acquire the non-front-line SIA licence.

2022 Updates to SIA Close Protection Training

As of 1st April 2022, the SIA announced an updated SIA Close Protection licence qualification via a press release

First aid qualifications are now required before taking SIA door supervisor or security guard training.

You need a new qualification (or undergo top-up training) before applying for a licence, including any renewals.

Book Your Slot on an SIA-Accredited Training Course

This guide hopefully explains everything you need to be aware of regarding SIA licences in more detail. 

However, if you have questions or would like to enquire about spaces on our next available training course dates, please contact our office.

We do not provide the licence applications, only the training, so if you need to apply for an SIA licence having completed your training, please contact the SIA directly.

Book Your Slot on an SIA-Accredited Training Course

This guide hopefully explains everything you need to be aware of regarding SIA licences in more detail. However, if you have questions or would like to enquire about spaces on our next available training course dates, please contact our office.

We do not provide the licence applications, only the training, so if you need to apply for an SIA licence having completed your training, please contact the SIA directly.