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extensive review affected SIA security licence-linked units, meaning that qualifications containing these have now been withdrawn and replaced.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.
*For more information on the changes visit: https://www.highfieldabc.com/Security/DefaultScottish2015.aspx, telephone: 0845 226 0350 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org