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SIA Security Guard Course

SIA Security Guard Licence

  • Duration of the training: 3 Days
  • Price: £145
  • Minimum age: 17 plus (you can apply for your SIA license on your 18th birthday)
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Roles and responsibilities of a Security Guard or Security Officer  

As per the private security industry act 2001, a security officer sometimes called a manned guard, is anyone who carries out any of the following tasks:

  • Guarding premises against un authorised access, occupation, disorder, destruction or theft.
  • Guarding people against assault or other injuries sustained by unlawful activity.
  • In order for you to work as a security guard you need a SIA security guarding license, to obtain the SIA security guarding license you are required to undergo appropriate required training before you can apply for the security guard license.
  • The tasks of a security guard normally involves a physical presence, patrolling controlling access to premises, surveillance and dealing with incidents and emergencies. Security officers are now also considered to be part of the wider police family, protecting people and their property and helping to prevent crime.

General duties of security guard

  • Carry out patrols
  • Check people and vehicles at entry points
  • Search people , property or premises
  • Use specialist equipment
  • Record incidents
  • Remove trespassers from sight
  • Remove trespassers from sites
  • Attend court to give evidence
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Deal with internal and external customers

Core Modules for the Security Guard Course :

Unit 1: Working within the Private Security Industry

  • Know the main characteristics of the private security industry
  • Understand legislation as it applies to the individual in carrying out a licensable activity
  • Understand the importance of safe working practices to comply with legal requirements
  • Understand fire procedures in the workplace
  • Understand emergencies and the importance of emergency procedures
  • Understand the importance of communication skills and customer care

Unit 2: Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry

  • Understand the role of a security officer within the private security industry
  • Understand the law relevant
  • to the role of a security officer
  • Understand the importance of, and reasons for, patrolling.
  • Understand access and egress control.
  • Understand searching relevant to a security officer
  • Understand the purpose and functions of different types of electronic and physical protection systems.
  • Understand reporting and record keeping relevant to a security officer

Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

  • Understand the principles of conflict management appropriate to their role
  • Understand how to recognize, assess and reduce risk in conflict situations
  • Understand how to communicate in emotive situations to de-escalate conflict
  • Understand how to develop and use problem solving strategies for resolving conflict
  • Understand good practice to follow after conflict situations

How to become a security guard?

If you have decided to work in the security industry as a security guard you have to undergo the required training for security guarding. The security guard training course is a three day course in which there are three modules. However we would suggest that rather than doing the security guarding course you should go for the door supervisor course. The reason for us to guide you in this particular way is because a door supervisor can perform all the duties that a normal security guard can do besides that he can also perform the duties of a door supervisor in a licence premises. The sia licence fee is the same so why not get a security qualification that lets you do more rather than restricting yourself. Agreed you might not want to work as a door supervisor in a licence premises but still you might change your mind at a later stage so then what would you do again waste money on training and then again apply for a sia security licence for door supervision so what is a wise choice?

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