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Changes to SIA Licence Requirements


The Security Industry Authority have released a statement regarding some changes to the training you need to take before you can get a front line SIA licence. These changes will happen in April and October 2021.

It has been announced by the SIA that: “

  • on 01 April 2021, we will introduce updated qualifications for all sectors except Close Protection;
  • from 01 April 2021, you must have a first aid qualification before you can take the training required for a Door Supervisor or Security Guard licence;
  • on 01 October 2021, we will introduce updated Close Protection qualifications;
  • from 01 October 2021, you must have one of the new qualifications or take top-up training before you can apply for a Door Supervisor and Security Guard licence – this includes renewals. “

Some may ask why the changes are being implemented. There are some key points that have been considered:

  • The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public.
  • This recognition brings scrutiny, and it is more important than ever that the industry maintains and improves its standards.
  • It is crucial that all operatives have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks in safety critical areas.
  • A key element of our role as the regulator is to work with the industry to raise standards in private security. The new requirements will help to achieve this.
  • The new licence-linked qualifications reflect what we have learned from extensive research, consultation, and engagement.


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