As the Private Security Industry continues to grow we have also seen a rise in the number of people approaching us to ask how they can become a Security Officer.
The differing needs of clients and the general diversity of the industry requirements now mean that the role of a security officer is one that is open to an ever widening section of the community.
The most frequently asked question is “What qualifications do I need?” and the answer is that the only qualification that you require is an SIA (Security Industry Authority) Front Line Licence. The SIA have put together a structured training programme which leads to this recognised qualification being obtained by anyone who successfully passes the course.
The course itself should last 28 hours and consists of 3 training modules and 3 exams. The course can be run over 4 days or completed at evenings or weekends depending upon the training provider.
The purpose of this qualification is to try and cover the core elements of becoming a front line security officer, this essentially means that the individual has proven themselves fit to become a security officer although it is widely recognised that the course will never cover every scenario that could arise.
Still Interested? – Below is a breakdown of the course content
Common Security Industry Knowledge
- Session 1: Awareness of the Law in the Private Security Industry
- Session 2: Health and Safety for the Private Security Operative
- Session 3: Fire Safety Awareness
- Session 4: Emergency Procedures
- Session 5: The Private Security Industry
- Session 6: Communication Skills and Customer Care
Security Guarding Specialist Module
- Session 1: Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of Security Officers
- Session 2: Patrolling
- Session 3: Access and Egress Control
- Session 4: Searching
- Session 5: Technology and Systems in the Security Environment
- Session 6: The Security Officer and The Law
- Session 7: Communicating, Reporting and Record Keeping
Conflict Management Module
- Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
- Session 2: Defusing Conflict
- Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
- Session 4: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Security Guarding and Close Protection