Create an online account via the SIA website sia.homeoffice.gov.uk and fill in their form before submitting your application online. You will be asked for basic information like where you’ve been living for the last 5 years. After completing the form you will need to visit your local post office and provide some ID. They will take a digital photograph of you and collect the application fee on behalf of the SIA. Your employer or training provider may offer to submit your application fee on your behalf, please ask in centre if you require assistance. Locations: London, Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton
The Security Industry Authority other wise known as the SIA is a statutory organisation. This means that it has power awarded to it by statute law or an act of parliament. Statute law is usually passed by the house of commons in Westminster, in this case the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
So I guess it’s fair to call the SIA a quango: a semi-public administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government.
The SIA are responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. They were initially established as a non-departmental public body back in 2003, and their required to report to the Home Secretary by law this is written into the Private Security Industry Act.
The Security Industry Authority has two main, licensing of individuals who undertake designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the Approved Contractor Scheme.
The CCTV Licensing Flowchart
If you work directly for an employer you may not need a CCTV license. Although we highly recommend you do the training regardless; as it helps you to adhere to best practice.
Find out if you need a CCTV license, the SIA have produced a flowchart that will help you answer this question.
Due to recent changes in the Private Security Industry Act; private investigators, security consultants and precognition agents in Scotland are now considered designated activities. However, the SIA does not currently license these roles.
In October of 2012 it became an offence to clamp or immobilise vehicles in England and Wales, an exception has been granted for vehicle immobilisers in Northern Ireland.