Training malpractice affects SIA licence holders

Posted On 30 May 2013
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Whilst the SIA” Security Industry Authority” is busy working with a number of industry stakeholders to draw up plans for what it refers to as a ‘phased transition to a new regulatory regime’, it has emerged that the holders of 654 SIA licences have been contacted and informed that their licenses will be revoked unless they obtain a ‘valid qualification’ within 28 days of the notice. Whilst the licences were issued by the SIA, the move to revoke follows an investigation into training malpractice. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has withdrawn a number of certificates which had been awarded via the training providers Get Licensed and Adult Learning Network (previously operated as AAB Training). The certificates in question relate to the physical intervention unit required to gain the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision. In total, 1,001 certificates awarded by the two centres have been withdrawn. It has been stated that 654 of the qualifications had been played a role in the obtaining of an SIA licence. Dave Humphries, director for Compliance, Intelligence and Communication at the SIA stated, ‘The SIA, our awarding organisation partners and the qualifications regulator, Ofqual, take malpractice issues around training very seriously. These allegations came to light earlier this year that suggested that training providers Get Licensed and ALN were involved in malpractice between October 2010 and February 2011. Whilst training malpractice is not endemic, this recent investigation demonstrates that we will not allow people to think that they can get away with it.’ Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, stated, ‘HABC received allegations of malpractice within ALN, AAB Training and Get Licensed. Upon receipt of the allegations, we carried out a full and thorough investigation in partnership with the SIA. This included analysis of test papers and interviews with tutors and learners. We found substantiated evidence of malpractice and consequently withdrew more than 1,000 HABC Level 2 Awards in Door Supervision across all three organisations.’ Since the investigation, both Get Licensed and ALN no longer have HABC approval.

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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.