Brian Sims

SIA unveils counter-terrorism e-Learning for security professionals

THE SECURITY Industry Authority (SIA) has launched Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security e-Learning for security professionals. The new training has been developed in partnership with the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.

ACT Security is free, specialised training for front line security operatives. The custom-built training provides up-to-date counter-terrorism knowledge to help operatives prepare for – and respond to – terrorist incidents while on duty.

The course takes around one hour and 15 minutes to complete. Its flexible delivery will allow the learner to pause and save their progress.

This new ACT Security e-Learning course follows a successful pilot conducted in August that included security businesses and operatives.

Public protection role

Paul Fullwood, director of inspections and enforcement at the SIA, commented: “The security industry plays a vital role in public protection. We’ve been working closely with counter-terrorism experts within the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure to develop specialised e-Learning for the security industry. ACT Security will provide operatives with greater knowledge and confidence to detect, deter or disrupt potential terrorist activity. We are now urging all security operatives to take this free specialised training in order to enhance their skills when it comes to combating the threat of terrorism.”

When taken together with the ACT Awareness e-Learning course, the new training covers the entire counter-terrorism content for the SIA’s licence-linked qualifications and top-up training.

In all, there are five modules that cover:

*the role of a security operative in counter-terrorism 

*current terrorist attack methods 

*identifying and responding to suspicious activity

*incident response planning

*responding to a terrorist incident

Security professionals can take the training by sending an e-mail to with the subject ‘PIN request for ACT e-Learning’. The SIA will then reply with a PIN.

Alternatively, learners can visit the ACT e-Learning site and enter the PIN sent by the SIA when asked for an access/PIN code.

*Further information is available online at GOV.UK/SIA

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