Anyone working as a security guard, door steward or CCTV operator in the UK is legally required to hold an SIA Licence. Getting a licence issued takes time, however.
But now SQA and leading e-assessment provider, eCom Scotland Ltd, have developed a solution for Scotland.
Security Licence Linked Qualifications are the only security qualifications to be solely assessed online. Candidates get their results instantly and, more importantly, so does the SIA allowing them to issue licences more quickly.
There are three short courses designed to be relevant and useful to the industry:
The Award in Door Supervision (Scotland) consists of four mandatory Units: Working in the Private Security Industry; Working as a Door Supervisor; Conflict Management; and Physical Intervention for the Private Security Industry.
The Award in Security Guarding (Scotland) has three mandatory Units covering Working in the Private Security Industry; Working as a Security Officer; and Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry.
The Award in CCTV Operations (Public Space Surveillance) (Scotland) comprises of Working in the Private Security Industry; Working as a CCTV Operator; and Practical Operation of CCTV Equipment.
These awards are recognised by the SIA as suitable qualifications to have when applying for a licence to practice, and will be recognised by employers everywhere as a measure of experience and ability.
The online multiple choice papers reduce the burden of paperwork and marking. Each question paper is unique, so assessment and re-assessment can be scheduled at any time of the year. The bespoke registration system means training providers can book assessments at a time that suits them.
Approval to provide the courses must be obtained from SQA, and is shaped by SIA requirements. SQA’s Business Development Team are always ready to help with further information.