Physical Intervention Skills Trainer Training For The Private Security Industry

Since June 2010, physical intervention skills have been part of the door supervisor licence-linked qualifications.

This course, therefore, is intended for trainers who wish to offer physical intervention skills training to door supervisors.

The Main Aims of the Course are:

The main aim of undertaking this training is to qualify you for the BTEC Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training for the Private Security Industry Award (Qcf) which is the Award you require if you are looking to provide physical intervention training to Door Supervisors. However, we will do much more for you too…

SIA Compliant

By undertaking this Level 3 PI Trainer Award you will be qualified to train others to deliver the new Unit 4 PI module of the new Door Supervisors Licensing Award.

Course Duration

The Award comprises 40 Guided Learning Hours, which is included as part of the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint Instructors Course. Please note that we do not run this Award as a stand-alone Award or Course in its own right. It is only available as part of the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint Instructors Course, and the reasons for doing so will become clear as you read on.

Why Do I Need to Do This Award?

From August 2011, all Trainers providing physical intervention training for Door Supervisors have been required to hold the Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry Award.

I want to run the Door Supervisor Training Courses. What else do I need?

If you are intending to run Door Supervisor Training courses to qualify door supervisors for their badge, then you need to have the following qualifications:

1. L3 Award in Education & Training – formerly the PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) Award or equivalent

2. Level 3 Conflict Management Trainers Award

3. Level 3 Deliverers of Physical Intervention for the Private Security Industry Award

4. Level 3 Assessors Qualification*

5. Sector Competence.

This video will help explain it all for you:

SIA Changes For Door Supervisors and Security Guards From 1st April 2021

The SIA (Security Industry Authority) has announced changes to Door Supervisors and Security Guard Professionals training.

For new license applications this comes into effect from April 2021 and for license renewals the additional  ‘top-up training’ will come into effect from October this year (2021).

To find out more go to this blog post – 

If You Currently Have a Door Supervisors Badge You are Exempt From Part of The Level 3 Award

If you are a door supervisor and you are thinking about or interested in becoming a Level 3 Physical Intervention Trainer so that you can deliver the Physical Intervention Module of the Door Supervisors course then this video is for you because you are exempt 12 hours of training and from taking the exam again.

This video explains it all for you.

What Defines ‘Sector Competence’?

Trainers wishing to teach door supervisors need to demonstrate that they have sector competence – i.e. have spent time working as a door supervisor. The normal requirement is that you should have had three years experience working on a door in a closely related field. However please be aware that some Awarding Body’s have different views on this so it is always best to check with whichever Awarding Body you are intending to register your students with once qualified.

I have been told that even though I am an Ex-Police Officer or Ex-Military I must still have three years experience of working on a door. Is this true?

The following reply has been confirmed and agreed by the SIA and an Awarding Body: “If you have worked in the police, prison or British Forces you may be under the impression that you must have three years experience of working on a door before you may work as a trainer delivering the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision in order to meet the requirements for ‘sector competence’. This is not necessarily the case.

As long as you can demonstrate that you have had three or more years front-line experience in the last ten years working in a security related field then awarding organisations are likely to look favourably on your application to become a trainer. This experience could have been gained working within a military setting or in the police, military police or custodial services or you may have had experience in a voluntary capacity for example marshalling or stewarding at events or in spectator safety or in some aspect of public order.

If you are intending to deliver the Physical Intervention unit (Unit 4) of the Door Supervision qualification which is that required to gain an SIA license to practice, this experience could come from your time in the police, military police, an NHS, general or mental health and care setting or a custodial services environment where you will have trained others in physical restraint techniques.

Even if your sector competence is deemed insufficient for the delivery of the specialist unit (Unit 2 – Working as a Door Supervisor) the awarding organisation may ask that your team, teach or train alongside an experienced door supervisor until you build up your experience.”

However, please do note that the final say is with the respective Awarding Organisation that you intend to deal with so please do check with them that they are happy with your past experience as was confirmed in an email from the SIA on the 1st November 2019, which states: “The decision does lie with the AO. As you say yourself ‘AOs are likely to look favourably’ this is not a guarantee. It will depend on the actual experience the individual has and what other CPD he has done to give him the appropriate skills around DS work. Each AO will review the CV and make their own decision”.

Does a Trainer also have to have a Door Supervisors SIA Licence to run door supervisors training courses?

Reply directly from the SIA: “There is not a requirement to have a licence, but in practice, most trainers delivering the specialist units will so they can keep their experience up to date.”

What if I don’t want to go back to my previous training provider?

If you don’t want to go back to your previous training provider then you are free to train with someone else. Therefore, as a large percentage of your time has to be on a course any way you could choose to do that with another training provider and it shouldn’t cause too much of an upset to you learning.

What is the scope of the SIA Level 3 Physical Intervention Award?

The New level 3 Award qualifies you to deliver the Level 2 PI Module (Unit 4). The Scope of the qualification is that it only teaches you how to deliver; “non-aggressive physical skills to protect self and others from assault”, and “non-pain related standing, holding and escorting techniques”.

The use of higher-level defensive techniques (which may involve striking or kicking), or more restrictive techniques (which may involve the use of pain-compliance techniques), fall outside the scope of this award and are not to be taught as part of the course.

However, the scope of the SIA training requirements does not restrict the individual’s right to use force consistent with UK statute and common law that applies to any private citizen, and these points have been clarified by the SIA in an e-mail to me which reads as follows:

“As a general comment, the purpose of the SIA training is to establish the standard required for someone to qualify for a licence. We don’t restrict training; we encourage employers and individuals to get any further appropriate training where it is necessary for their specific needs.

In terms of the training itself, this includes both knowledge and skills. The knowledge deals with a wider scope of activities, and includes knowledge of the medical/legal risks, etc., involved in any physical intervention. The skills are the ‘low level restrictive or non-restrictive’. The definition of non-restrictive, the awarding body guidance gives, is the one where the subject can walk away, however, the definition of low-level restrictive means that they could be applied against someone’s will, if for example they were escorting someone from a premises that they did not want to leave.

As we discussed, the definition of low-level restrictive excludes (via the programme approval criteria) wrist/arm locks, strikes, and any techniques that involve the neck, etc. That would fall into the definition of highly restrictive intervention and we advise people to take this sort of training where necessary.

In terms of the legislation, we say that the licence-linked qualification in no way changes the obligation of an individual to act in accordance with the law on the use of force that applies to any private citizen, and that the training does not change the employer’s legal obligations with regard to ensuring the safety and security of customers and employees. We make it clear that this includes the need for any additional training that a Door Supervisor may require that is identified via an employer’s risk assessment of a particular venue or event.

We do not mention Human Rights Legislation by name, but make it clear that individuals must comply with the law.”

What this means is that where necessary, employers may need to provide additional training if they feel that the scope of what the SIA provides does not provide their staff with the ability to safely and competently control the level of violence and aggression that they are exposed to whilst at work.

But what if the Scope of the Award doesn’t allow us to meet the risk posed the public and to staff and who work on the doors of the venues we supervise?

However, where the need to incorporate or use more restrictive methods or higher level defensive techniques has been identified as a risk control measure as part of an employer’s assessment of risk, then the employer is legally required to provide additional training in line with good health and safety guidance.

That, however, is not part of the training for the new Award and has to be done additionally but by doing this Award as part of our BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Physical Restraint Instruction you can gain the certification you need to deliver more restrictive techniques in line with your company’s legal obligation to provide training that reduces risk, and this is something that you must seriously consider when considering the potential possibility of being prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act.

Does the qualification qualify me to teach physical intervention in any other sectors?

The short answer is no. It is purely and specifically designed to qualify you to teach the PI Module of the Door Supervisors Award.

However, by doing this qualification as part of our BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Physical Restraint Instruction you can gain the certification you need to teach physical intervention / physical restraint in different industry sectors.

What About Licensing Course Material?

Depending on whose material you use under license will depend on the nature of the license agreement. Every provider has their own rules and restrictions about what you can and cannot do with their material, and each one charges you differently.

For example, some providers will make you purchase all of the students’ manuals from them as part of the agreement, which means that every time you run a course you have to buy more material from your provider.

Other providers charge you each time you run the course so you pay a fee per course in addition to what you pay to your respective Awarding Body to register and claim the certificates.

These costs vary considerably between providers so make sure you check out these costs. Some providers actually sell the course relatively cheaply so it looks like a good deal, but you end up paying a lot more over time by being tied into a license agreement that costs you money every time you run a course.

FREE Approved PI Course Material

We provide you will all of the material to run the PI Level 2 (Module 4) Unit for free. It all comes on a cd and includes; lesson plans, attendance sheets, post-course questionnaires, license agreements, student manual, powerpoint presentations, assessment papers, student workbooks, internal verification checklists, and you simply print to demand. There are no other costs involved or payable to us at all. This can save you hundreds of pounds in hidden costs.

What about food and accommodation costs?

The cost of most courses covers your teaching, learning and certification only. As the course is 3 – 4 days long you are probably going to have to pay for accommodation and meals on top of that price which can push the overall cost up quite considerably, adding a few hundred pounds onto it.

All of our courses are run at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre and all of your food and accommodation costs are included in the price of the course as it is a fully residential course. To see a video on where you will be training click here:

How is the NFPS BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint Instructor Course Different?

Our Advanced BTEC Level 3 course takes you further. On our course you will cover all you need to do to complete the Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry.

Then you will learn the full continuum of force, from low-level interventions and disengagement right up to high-level defensive skills (including striking techniques) and restrictive restraint techniques (including Pain-compliance techniques).

You will also learn about the law in a much broader and deeper sense, including children’s legislation, human rights and many other aspects of it that are relevant to a wide range of diverse fields.

By doing this we can qualify you to become competent in delivering training to a much wider and diverse market which can include: education, children’s services, mental health, the NHS, CP, charities and even elderly care.

And, we can support you by providing you with bespoke Level 2 programmes specifically written for each sector and License you to deliver them.

Furthermore, we can help you obtain £5 million of instructor professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

What happens post training?

Once you have completed your training with us you are still most welcome to contact us for help and assistance. We are only a phone call or an e-mail away, and there will always be someone who will get back to you within a reasonable period of time.

We have heard the horror stories as I am sure you have of some companies taking people’s money and then the person concerned can never get hold of anyone to speak to.

That is not the way we do business. We are fully committed to giving the best customer service we can, and although we want you to train with us and invest your money with us, it is actually you we are interested in. Why, because we believe that what goes around comes around and we sincerely believe that it is simply easier to help people than hinder them, and the reason we adopt this mindset is because we love what we do and we want to continue doing what we love.


The BTEC Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention for the Private Security Industry Award (Qcf)

Next Course Date & Prices

This Award is delivered as an optional Module on the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint Trainers Course at a discounted cost of only £375.00 plus VAT per person.

Course Options

The BTEC Level Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training for the Private Security Industry Award, combined with the BTEC Level 3 Conflict Management Trainers Award, a Level 3 Education and Training Award and Sector Competence will allow you to deliver the Door Supervisors License to Practice Award.


All certification will be made as part of the Door Supervisors Licensing Course directly to your Awarding Body (and if you need help in becoming a Licensed Centre we can help you with that too).

There are no certification fees to pay to NFPS Ltd (unlike some other training providers in the industry) which helps to keep your costs down.

If you require any further information on this please feel free to get in touch at your leisure.

Course Benefits

The benefits of being a properly qualified SIA PI Trainer is that you will be able to offer physical intervention training to door supervisors and security staff in line with SIA licensing requirements. This will give you an additional income stream.


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