HABC introduces Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations

A new qualification has been launched that will help learners take their first steps in event security

A new qualification has been launched that will help learners take their first steps in event security

A new qualification has been launched that will help learners take their first steps in event security and provide employers with the well-trained event stewarding staff they require.

The Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (QCF) will afford learners an understanding of what employers need them to know in order to do the job effectively and safely, combined with knowledge of Health and Safety and customer service.

Developed by the HABC with input from the UK Crowd Management Association and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), the Level 2 Certificate is a knowledge-based qualification supported by elements of practical demonstration around performance.

The qualification will allow employees to work at events including festivals and shows and is supported by the SGSA, meaning that it also satisfies the minimum level of training required for stewards to work independently within a sports ground environment.

Speaking about the new qualification, Chris Sprenger – managing director at HABC – told Risk UK: “The HABC Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (QCF) covers all the areas that employers have told us they require staff to know such as crowd management, Health and Safety and customer service, along with optional but vital subjects like how to use radios properly and safeguarding children and young people.”

Sprenger added: “It can also be used to go on and achieve other relevant qualifications in the sector such as the HABC Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF), in turn helping learners to build their portfolio of transferrable skills such that they can then contribute even more to their organisations.”

*Visit: www.highfieldabc.com/SpectatorSafety/Level2ESO.aspx for more detail on the new qualification

**Regular updates are available at: https://twitter.com/HighfieldABC and: www.facebook.com/HighfieldABC

Focus on security and stewarding

HABC is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

The UK Crowd Management Association represents the interests of key commercial organisations whose primary business is providing crowd management and event security services with a particular focus on promoting the use of competent, professional and safe crowd management suppliers at events requiring crowd management skills.

The SGSA is a Government body that took over the responsibilities of the Football Licensing Authority and the critical role it played in transforming spectator safety at football grounds across the UK.

The organisation carries out a range of statutory functions in relation to football in England and Wales, as well as looking after advisory functions for other sports within the UK and, indeed, on the international stage.

The minimum level of training required for stewards to work independently within a sports ground environment is recommend by the SGSA’s Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (aka ‘The Green Guide’).

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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.

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