The SIA Has Updated Its Close Protection Qualification

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has recently introduced an updated close protection qualification for new applicants into the sector. The updated qualification features four new units covering:

  • bespoke physical intervention skills
  • knowledge of door supervisor responsibilities (including protecting vulnerable people)
  • legislation, threat and risk management
  • personal skills, surveillance awareness, search procedures, foot drills, venue security, journey management reconnaissance and preparing and carrying out a close protection assignment

The existing units which cover the theoretical and practical aspects of working as a close protection operative have also been refreshed.

The SIA also announced the introduction of top-up training for close protection operatives who apply to renew their SIA licence from 1 October 2022. These changes, which are based on the views of expert stakeholders reflect extensive research and discussion with the industry.

The top-up training will be available from 1 July 2022. The new top-up qualification will include physical intervention skills, safety-critical content and terror threat awareness. Operatives must make sure that their first aid qualification has at least one year to run before they take the top-up training.

The introduction of top-up training will help to ensure that all operatives have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks, especially in safety-critical areas. The top-up requirements will only affect existing licence holders when they come to renew their licence after 1 October 2022. This means that these changes for existing licence holders will roll out over the course of the next three years.

You can read the SIA’s ‘Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence’ page for more details.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities, and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
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