Following on from several weeks of testing, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced that it will introduce its new licensing system on Wednesday 6 July. From that date, individuals will be able to register for online accounts and either apply for or renew SIA licences online.
The new self-service website also means that individuals will be able to change personal details remotely and consent to link to their employer, who may assist with the application process. Businesses will be able to register for online business accounts and have access to a range of new products such as Licence Pay Only (where a business pays the licensing application fee for individuals) and Watchlists specifically designed to check the licensed status of their staff.
SIA Approved Contractors will have access to Licence Management and Licence Assist, allowing them to apply online on behalf of consenting staff.
The Regulator states that the new licensing system will “provide a more efficient and effective service” for “busy people operating in a growing industry”.
In order for the transition to the new system to be as smooth as possible, the SIA will not be accepting licence applications from Friday 24 June. This period is vital as it will allow the SIA to manage existing applications, move data from the old system to the new one and make final checks before fully switching on the new system.
Developing the new licensing system
Ed Bateman, the SIA’s deputy director of partnerships and interventions, commented: “We’re grateful for the close co-operation of many of the country’s security providers who, for the past 18 months, have helped to develop the new licensing system that now goes live on 6 July. The new system responds directly to feedback from the wider industry and Trade Associations, and will provide individuals and businesses alike with a more efficient, effective and accessible online service.”
Bateman added: “We’re sorry that the brief closure to receiving licences immediately before 6 July will inconvenience some individuals and businesses but, together with much of the industry, we look forward to the wide range of benefits introduced by the new licensing system.”
What does this mean for individuals and security businesses?
If you’ve started an application, but not yet submitted it, then the SIA recommends that you complete your application before the switch over. This will better enable the Regulator to process applications before their current system is switched off.
If you’ve already submitted your application you will not be affected and your application will be processed as normal.
If you submit an application before the switch over, but your payment fails during the switch over, your application will also fail and you will have to re-submit it once the new system is available.
If you submit an application, but do not provide all of the necessary supporting documentation, then your application will fail and you will have to re-submit it once the SIA’s new system is up-and-running.
If you submit an application during the switch over, it will be returned to you and you will have to re-submit it once the SIA’s new system is available.