Further certificates withdrawn following SIA training malpractice investigation

Posted On 02 Jul 2013
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The on-going investigation into training malpractice by the SIA (Security Industry Authority) has led to a further 283 certificates being withdrawn. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance has withdrawn the certificates as the investigation involving AAB Training, Adult Learning Network and Get Licensed continues. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance has withdrawn the physical intervention unit that applicants took via Adult Learning Network and AAB Training to gain the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, making the qualification invalid. Of the qualifications withdrawn, 167 had been used to obtain a Security Industry Authority licence. The SIA has written to licence holders to explain that they have 28 days to gain a valid qualification or their licence will be revoked. The news follows an announcement late in 2012 that the holders of 654 SIA licences had been contacted and informed that their licenses would be revoked unless they obtain a ‘valid qualification’ within 28 days of the notice. This followed a move by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance, also related to the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, which saw 1,001 certificates a withdrawn. The malpractice has resulted in over 800 SIA licences being issued, following which the holders had to seek re-certification to be able to legally operate. The SIA is currently transitioning to a new regime.

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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.