‘Go live’ date for SIA licensing system changes announced as Wednesday 6 July

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.

About the Author
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.

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