Brian Sims

Top-up training for close protection operatives introduced by SIA

AS OF Saturday 2 October, all close protection licence holders now require a First Aid qualification and the new top-up training before they renew. The new top-up qualification includes physical intervention skills, knowledge of door supervision responsibilities and terror threat awareness.

Operatives must make sure that their First Aid qualification has at least one year to run before they take the top-up training.

The new requirements will help to ensure that close protection operatives have the most up-to-date skills to keep themselves, their clients and the public safe.

Steve McCormick, the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) director of licensing and standards, explained: “The introduction of top-up training is an important and transformational change required to improve the skills and knowledge for operatives renewing their licence. This work to increase the skills of every licensed operative through strengthened training and qualifications is a crucial component in increasing public trust and confidence in the industry. This trust is critical to delivering on our commitment to improved public protection.”

Back on Friday 1 April, the SIA introduced an updated close protection qualification for new applicants into the sector. This top-up training will bring the skill set of existing licence holders into line with the new requirements.

The SIA recognises that many close protection licence holders work primarily as door supervisors. The regulator will enable close protection operatives to renew to a door supervision licence if they prefer.

The door supervision top-up training is shorter than the close protection top-up training, so will be cheaper. For their part, operatives are advised to consider their day-to-day duties and how they’re deployed before renewing.

*For more detailed information about the changes access the following links:

Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence

Changes to SIA licence-linked training: your questions answered

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