The number of Security Industry Authority licence-linked qualifications that have been issued now exceeds 1.25 million. Since 2003, and in continual partnership with the security sector, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has developed Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications for security personnel across seven sectors. These qualifications are nationally recognised and governed by the relevant regulatory authorities in the UK. For many individuals, an SIA licence-linked qualification is their first recognised qualification and is often a stepping-stone to a defined career in security. Currently, the SIA is reviewing and updating the training specification which has required expert Working Groups from each sector to gather and discuss any changes. It’s anticipated that the new requirements will be introduced in January 2015. Professionalising the private security industry Andrew Shephard” the SIA’s head of quality standards” explained:” The introduction of minimum standards through licence-linked qualifications has been pivotal in professionalising the private security industry. The first door supervisor qualification was devised in 2003, and there are now over 1.25 million security qualifications held across the regulated sectors. Many individuals have used a qualification to support an SIA licence application.” Shephard added:” These qualifications help to establish the private security industry as a recognised career with opportunities for individual development. As members of the general public, we all benefit from having more professional security personnel protecting us.”
Security Industry Authority licence-linked qualifications exceed 1.25 million
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.