Training in the UK:
SIA Requirement and Expertise

In the ever-evolving security industry, physical intervention skills are crucial for professionals to maintain safety and protect individuals and property effectively. If you're considering a career in security in the UK, understanding the Security Industry Authority (SIA) requirement for physical intervention training is essential. We'll look into the significance of physical intervention training and why choosing Advanced Tactical Resources Limited ATR is your best option.

  • SIA Compliance: The SIA mandates that individuals working in sectors of the private security industry, including door supervisors, must possess physical intervention skills. This training ensures that security personnel can safely and effectively manage difficult and potentially dangerous situations.
  • Door Supervisors: The SIA require all door supervisors to complete the ‘Application of Physical Intervention in the Private Security Industry’ module.  The module is included in the Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors training programme which is the mandatory qualification needed for a Door Supervisor licence can be attained.  To ensure consistency and maintain standards a Door Supervisor Top-Up course was also introduced, this course also includes the physical intervention module and needs to be completed by more experienced operators that are renewing their licences.
  • Close Protection: There are many CP operatives in the UK that also work in other areas of the security industry.  The CP licence allows operatives to work in roles such as door supervision and security guarding and many operatives make use of this luxury.  The issue with this is that CP training in the UK did not include any basic physical intervention skills, these skills would be considered a minimum requirement to work on licenced premises where there is a foreseeable risk that PI may need to be used.
  • To bridge this gap, physical intervention has now been introduced to the Level 3 Close Protection qualification.  The course now requires operatives to complete the same PI training as Door Supervisors, plus an additional module designed to assist in close protection operations.
  • Security Officers: There is currently no requirement from the SIA for Security Officers to complete physical intervention training to gain an SIA licence.  This does NOT mean that physical intervention training isn’t needed for a security officers role.  The responsibility to complete a training needs analysis lies with the employer, if this analysis highlights a foreseeable risk that the officer would require PI skills to do their job (eg a retail officer making an arrest), then the officer should receive relevant and sufficient training to perform their role safely.

What are the SIA requirements regarding to Physical Intervention?

Talk to us about our physical intervention courses.

Does the Level 2 qualification meet the standard of training required to work in a security role?

The short answer is No.  The level 2 qualification will train an operative to licencing standards, not necessarily to the standard required for a specific role.  As we stated earlier, it is the employer’s responsibility to assess training needs and provide additional training if required.  Here at ATR we are happy to help with these assessments and put together training that meets your requirements and is bespoke to your needs.

What about refresher training?

It is generally considered that physical skills fade over time. If skills are not refreshed regularly the probability of the operative using them effectively when needed falls dramatically.  A court may even argue that after 12 months skills would have faded to a point where the operative could no longer be considered competent unless refresher training had been completed.

At ATR we would recommend that refresher training takes place at a minimum of 12-month intervals to maintain proficiency and standards.  Annual refreshers can also help to maintain an employers duty of care to provide relevant instruction and training for its employees.

What other benefits come with good PI training?

Our training course in Physical Intervention is essential for:

  • Enhanced Safety: Physical intervention training equips security professionals with techniques to manage conflicts and restrain individuals without causing harm, minimising the risk of injuries to themselves, colleagues, or the public.
  • Legal Protection: Properly trained security personnel reduce the risk of legal consequences by ensuring that their actions are proportionate and within the boundaries of the law.
  • Professionalism: Possessing physical intervention skills enhances a security professional's credibility and demonstrates their commitment to maintaining a safe environment.
  • SIA-Approved Courses: ATR offers SIA-approved physical intervention training courses that meet the regulatory requirements. Our training is up-to-date with the latest industry standards, ensuring that you are well-prepared for the SIA exam.
  • Experienced Instructors: Our trainers are experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of physical intervention techniques. They are dedicated to imparting practical skills and real-world insights to help you excel in your security career.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our training covers a wide range of topics, including conflict management, physical restraint, and legal aspects. You will gain a well-rounded understanding of physical intervention.
  • Flexible Training Options: We understand that our students have varying schedules. Therefore, we offer flexible training options, including both classroom-based and are looking to expand our online courses as well as providing training over weekends, so you can choose what works best for you.
  • Competitive Pricing: Quality training should be accessible to all. ATR offers competitive pricing to make physical intervention training affordable without compromising on quality. Due to having everything in one place which includes accommodation enables ATR to be competitive in their pricing but not at the detriment to quality of training and instructors quality.

Why Choose ATR for Physical Intervention Training?

Why choose ATR for your physical intervention training? 

  • To thrive in the UK security industry and meet SIA requirements, physical intervention training is indispensable. Choosing ATR ensures you receive a top-notch education, gain the necessary skills, and meet the standards set by the Security Industry Authority.
  • Don't delay your career progression in the security sector. Enroll in our physical intervention training courses today, and become a well-prepared and competent security professional. Your future success begins with us! Contact ATR now to get started.
  • PS Don’t forget physical intervention and self-protection are two totally different things, if you want to know what to do when PI fails then we can help you with that too …….. BUT THAT’S A DIFFERENT PROGRAMME!



Security Courses available

  • Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry
  • Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry Top-Up
  • Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry
  • Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry Top-Up
  • Level 2 Award for Close Protection Operatives Top-Up
  • Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry – Standalone module delivered as a refresher


The Top up requirement

The Highfield Level 2 Award for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry (Top Up) has been developed for learners who currently hold a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a close protection operative and need to be brought up to date with the new licence-linked qualifications requirements.

Topics covered:

Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry

Principles of Working as a Door Supervisor for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry

Application of Physical Intervention Skills for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry

Application of physical intervention skills in the private security industry

Here's a general outline of what was typically required in a SIA refresher course for door supervisors and close protection operatives:

Duration: Refresher courses are usually shorter in duration compared to the initial training. The length of the refresher course may vary, but it often ranges from 1 to 3 days.

Content: The refresher course typically covers key topics relevant to the specific role, such as:

  1. Legal and Regulatory Updates: Changes in legislation and regulations relevant to the security industry and the specific role of the individual.
  2. Conflict Management: Review of conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques to ensure that security personnel can handle challenging situations effectively.
  3. Physical Intervention Skills: Refreshing physical intervention techniques, if applicable to the role, while emphasising safety and compliance with the law.
  4. First Aid: Basic first aid skills are often part of the training to ensure that security operatives can provide immediate assistance when needed.
  5. Emergency Procedures: Review of emergency response procedures, including evacuations and dealing with critical incidents.
  6. Customer Service: Training in effective customer service and communication skills to maintain professionalism and positive interactions with the public.

Assessment: Individuals taking the refresher course are typically assessed through written exams, practical assessments, and scenario-based exercises. Successful completion of the assessments is required to pass the course.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the refresher course and passing the assessments, individuals receive a certificate or qualification that demonstrates their continued competence in their role.

SIA Licensing Renewal: After completing the refresher course, individuals must ensure that their SIA license is renewed promptly. This usually involves paying the necessary fees and submitting the required documentation to the SIA.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD): In some cases, SIA-licensed individuals may be required to undertake continuous professional development activities, such as attending additional training or workshops, as part of their license renewal.

Remember that SIA requirements and regulations can change over time, so it's essential to consult the latest guidelines and regulations on the official SIA website or contact the SIA directly to confirm the current requirements for refresher training for door supervisors and close protection operatives.