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SIA Security Officer Training

Level 2 Award in Security Guarding

The security officer licence linked qualification is perfect for anyone wishing to work in manned security services. This course meets the SIA standards for learning and qualifications allowing you to attain all the necessary knowledge and skills required prior to applying for a security officer SIA licence. The security guard course will cover topics like the roles and responsibilities of a security officer, patrols, alarm systems, communication, incident reports and record-keeping, conflict management, risk reduction and loss provention.

With an SIA security guard license, your main job is to protect people and property. The SIA security License can get you work as a concierge, airport security, event security, security companies, store detective or loss prevention officer but not as a bodyguard or bouncers / Door SupervisorThe license belongs to you, you can take it with you from job to job. 

This guide explains the process for obtaining a new (first time) SIA security guard license.

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be legally able to work in the U.K
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Complete the training and exam requirements

There are three basic steps to getting a security guard license in the U.K:

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  • Take an accredited SIA security guard basic training course*
  • Use the training qualification from your SIA course to apply for the security guard basic test through at IN2 Courses
  • When you’ve passed the exam, apply for your license through the online SIA portal.
  • If you have a valid security officer license from another E.U country, you still need to obtain an SIA license.

1. Complete Basic SIA Security Guard Training

IN2 Courses meets the British requirements for basic security guard training. It covers all elements of security and is designed to prepare you for the SIA test adequately. Our course is easy to follow and engaging with practice tests that let you gauge your readiness for the security licensing exam.

2. Passing the SIA Security Officer Test

The SIA security guard basic test consists of 2x 40 multiple-choice questions, and you will have an hour to do each one. There is also a test paper that has 25 questions; which is ‘Called Conflict Management For The Private Security Industry’. You will have to get 70% on each paper to pass the course. You can take the test as many times as you require to pass, but you never have to pay the course fee again.

We currently charge £200 for the security officer course, and there are no hidden fees or charges.

The SIA security guard test can be taken at any of our centres. To find training course locations, simply register your details on our website.

Within five working days of completing the test, your test results will be available. If you obtain a score of at least 70%, you will be provided with a learner number call verification.

3. Applying for a New SIA Security Guard License

When you have successfully completed your security guard test online by the SIA government portal.

If you apply online without faults or errors, your application for an SIA license may be approved within ten working days.

After You Are a Licensed Security Guard

When you receive your SIA security guard license, you may start working in a job where your primary duties are to protect people or property.

While on duty, you must always carry a valid SIA license and be prepared to show your license card on request.

A new security guard license will expire after three years from the day it is issued. It is your responsibility to maintain a valid security guard license while employed.

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (the “Act”) including the SIA’s Code of Conduct, set out the rules you must follow to maintain your license.

If you are convicted of a criminal offence while licensed as a security officer, you may lose your license. By law, you must update your criminal record information within three days of being convicted.

Frequently asked questions

All SIA licences cost £220 and you’ll have to renew it every 3 years. If you apply for a second licence in a different licensable role you will only be required to pay £110 e.g you have a current security guard licence and you apply for a additional CCTV licence; the additonal SIA licence is half price.

There is no maximum age restriction to holding an SIA licence. However you need to be at least 17 years of age to be enroled on the course. A grasp of the English language at level 1 or above is also a mandatory requirement.

Once you have completed and passed your security officer course you can apply for your SIA licence and begin looking for work in the Private Security Industry.
You may also be interested in further training to increase your employment opportunities. The Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) is a great counterpart to the security officer qualification as the roles often overlap.

This qualification must be taken over a minimum of 3-days.
How is the qualification assessed?
It is divided into 3-units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations. These units are as follows:
Unit 1: Working within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a multiple-choice examination of 1-hour containing 40-questions. Learners must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit.
Unit 2: Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a multiple-choice examination of 1-hour consisting of 40-questions. Learners must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit.
Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a multiple-choice examination of 30-minutes consisting of 20-questions. Learners must achieve a score of at least 14 out of 20 to pass this unit.

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We use innovative education programmes that are all inclusive with no hidden fees or costs. Furthermore we will help you to develop your career. Upon completion of your level 2 qualification we will work with you to gain employment in a licensable role. In2  security training continually strive to improve your experience, ensuring our customers have a time to remember.