Becoming a Front Line Security Officer

Security Officers


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


If you have any questions about job availability or becoming licenced then please get in touch and we will do our best to assist you.

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