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 and the new specifications can be downloaded from this Dropbox Link –

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).

Awarding organisations are currently working to finalise the qualification and units and they should be available from your AO imminently.

You will need to attend and complete top up training with a Training Centre before you renew your licence.

As far as additional content the slides below give an overview of new content for DS/SO:

The changes involve the following Units below (slides courtesy and with permission of the SIA):

The Common Unit 

Key Changes for Door Supervisors

Do I Still Need Two Trainers To Deliver The Physical Intervention Module?

I have just been asked the above question and I double checked with the SIA and the response I got was that nothing has changed so yes, you still need two trainers to deliver the PI module.

Key Changes for Security Guarding

Key Changes for Conflict Management

When Are The Changes Being Implemented?

For new applicants this is currently due to come into effect from the 1st April 2021 and for license renewals it comes into effect from October 2021..

Emergency First Aid at Work Training

In addition, all new license and license renewal applicants will need to attend and pass a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course prior to undertaking your training or renewing your licence.  

Anti-Terrorism Training

You will also need to attend and pass the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness eLearning course.

This course is divided into short sections and can take just 45 minutes in total to complete.

This course is FREE and can be taken online here now: –  

Trainer Requirements

Trainer requirements for DS/SO have also been strengthened.

This is detailed in a document entitled ‘Get Trained’, which your AO should be able to provide this to you shortly.  The additions are that we expect all trainers to:

The Qualifications & Competence You Need To Be Able To Deliver The EFAW Course

So, if you are currently a trainer authorised to deliver the SIA licence-linked qualifications through your respective Awarding Organisation you may be considering running the EFAW course as an additional income stream to your business.

If you are thinking of offering the EFAW Course would need to have the following:

1: A Level 3 Teaching Qualification (.e., EAT Level 3 or PTLLS including the principles and practices of assessment modules); 

2: A Level 3 First Aid Qualification;

3: Sector Competence.

This video explains …..

Make Sure That You Avoid These Pitfalls……

There are also some pitfalls that you need to make sure that you avoid as this blog post explains –

FREE Level 3 Assessor Award On This Years PI/Restraint Refreshers

With regards to the Level 3 Assessor Qualification that is required for all trainers, any trainer refreshing with us this year on our March and September PI Refresher courses has the option to take the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement for Free on the refresher. 

To find out more go to the webpage below ……

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