SIA launches consultation on skills specifications for licence-linked qualifications

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching a consultation which will help to determine the content of the next generation of licence-linked qualifications for the private security industry. The consultation will run for four weeks concluding on 26 October.

It’s essential that as many people as possible give their views on this important consultation. Employers and prospective operatives spend a considerable sum of money each year on these qualifications, and they need to be fit-for-purpose. The SIA can achieve this only with the help of the private security industry.

The consultation is structured around the SIA’s six licensable sectors (listed below) that require a qualification. These are supported by nine skills specifications being consulted on and they include common industry knowledge and specialist content areas that go into making up the licence-linked qualifications.

To have a say on the draft specifications for the licence-linked qualifications visit the consultation website.

Licensable sectors

The SIA’s licensable sectors that require qualifications are Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance (CCTV), Security Guarding and Vehicle Immobilisation. The remaining licensable sector is Key Holding, but this doesn’t require an individual to have a qualification.

The specifications will be re-drafted following this consultation, and will be put out to two further rounds of public consultation.

Tony Holyland, the SIA’s head of quality and standards, commented: “This consultation is a fantastic way for those working in the industry to contribute and to help make certain the specifications are right. This is their opportunity to shape the future of the licence-linked qualifications and ensure their relevance to the industry in the years ahead.”

Collaboration with the industry

The specifications were created in collaboration with the private security industry. The SIA collaborated with expert Working Groups drawn from each of the specialist areas to develop the content for the qualifications.

The SIA has commissioned IFF Research to carry out research into the industry which, as stated, will conclude in late October. The findings of the research will be used to help shape the next edition of the specifications.

When this consultation concludes, the SIA will work together with the expert working groups and they will analyse, review and amend them. The SIA will then make the next draft of the specifications available to the public again for comment. This will be supported by a further consultation designed around more in-depth interviews.

The development of the specifications is a key milestone in the SIA’s Private Security Skills and Qualifications Review and this consultation is an essential element.

The SIA’s Private Security Skills and Qualifications Review will be completed by the end of 2019 and the new qualifications made available for delivery in January 2020.

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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