New suite of SIA-linked security qualifications devised for Scotland

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

A new suite of security qualifications specific to Scotland has been launched by the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) for those learners hoping to become licensed security operatives operating in the private sector.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes in the wake of one of the largest-ever reviews into learning in the sector conducted by industry Regulator the Security Industry Authority (SIA), followed by the introduction of similarly updated qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in January 2015.

The extensive review affected SIA security licence-linked units, meaning that qualifications containing these have now been withdrawn and replaced.

The new qualifications are as follows:

*HABC Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (Public Space Surveillance) (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

*HABC Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

*HABC Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

*HABC Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

As the new qualifications contain updated content, deliverers must now ensure their training programmes are thoroughly revised in order to meet the new learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Schemes of work and lesson plans must also be updated to reflect the changes.

Learning materials written by security experts

Jason Sprenger, HABC’s CEO, explained: “As a result of the SIA’s review, we’ve introduced a completely new suite of qualifications that will continue to provide employers with the skilled staff they require.”

Sprenger added: “HABC was actively involved in all of the development work alongside other SIA-approved Awarding Organisations, helping to create the new units that make up the qualifications and engaging with our various Training Centres to ensure their views were reflected throughout.”

A number of new learning materials have also been launched to support the qualifications, among them the ‘Working as a Door Supervisor’, ‘Working as a Security Officer’ and ‘Working as a CCTV Operator’ course books and training presentations written by recognised security experts Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman.

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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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