Why you should hold a valid CSCS card
Taking relevant training and having a valid CSCS card means that you can safely work on a UK construction site. If you fail to hold a valid card you could end up with a criminal record and a jail sentence.
What are my SIA training options if I currently work full time?
If you want to complete SIA training so that you can work in the security industry but currently have a full time job then you may be interested in what training options you have.
How many Door Supervisors should I have working at my premises?
If you own a retail premises, restaurant, club, bar, office, or establishment that requires security, then hiring door supervisors and security guards is a great way to keep your premises secure.
Are SIA licences valid in other countries?
Having a valid SIA licence allows you to work legally throughout the UK but what about working in other countries?
Is SIA Training Just for Doormen?
When people talk about SIA training, a lot of them automatically think of doormen working at pubs and clubs. However, there are a number of different types of SIA training that can lead to various roles in a wide range of industries.
How Many Days SIA Training Do I Need?
There are a number of different jobs you can take within the security industry and the training you need will depend on exactly which jobs you are interested in. The number of days the training will last depends on which type of course you need, so when thinking about the kinds of jobs you would like to apply for it is important to factor in how long your training will take.
What ID and Documents Do You Need to Apply for an SIA Licence?
To apply for an SIA licence to work in a front line role (e.g. as a door supervisor) you need to pass an identity check, criminal record check and have undertaken the required SIA-approved training. If you are not working in a front line role (e.g. as a supervisor or manager), you will only need an identity check and criminal record check. However, even for non-front line staff it is highly advisable to undertake SIA-approved training so you are fully aware of all the skills and knowledge required by those you are supervising.
What to Do If Your SIA Licence is Lost, Damaged or Stolen
In order to work legally in the UK security industry you must hold a valid Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. This licence takes the form of a credit card-sized plastic card which must be displayed visibly on your person at all times (subject to the specific licence conditions of your place of work).
This means that if your licence is lost, stolen or becomes damaged so as to not be clearly readable, you will be unable to work legally in security until you arrange a replacement. It is also a condition of being issued an SIA licence that you agree to tell the SIA immediately if your licence is lost or stolen.
CCTV Law Explained
Working as a CCTV operator is a great way to make use of your SIA license as long as you have taken the additional CCTV training course. Part of this extra training covers how the law works with respect to CCTV, the basics of which we have laid out here.
What Happens If You Work Without an SIA Licence?
You cannot legally work in the UK security industry, including as a door supervisor, without a valid SIA licence. If you try to work a security job without an SIA licence there can be serious consequences, both immediately and for your future employment prospects.