If you wish to become a security guard in the UK, you will need to acquire some level of security guard licensing from the SIA. There are several varieties of SIA security licenses which can be obtained and the license you pursue will be determined by the types of security activities in which you will be involved.
Many individuals decide to go through SIA training before applying for their SIA license.
Those who do attend security training courses often find the SIA licensing exam easier to successfully complete.
SIA training is available from many different accredited centres throughout the UK, making it easy to find a location and classes that will fit with your schedule and home geography. The security training you choose will be determined by which kind of security license exam you plan to take. That exam will in turn be determined by the kinds of security jobs you plan on pursuing in your security career.
Taking SIA security guard training courses is the best means of preparing yourself for the SIA security guard licensing exam. Prior military, security classes, or police training and education will also make the licensing exam easier. Many with these kinds of prior experience will be able to sit for the SIA exam faster and will perform better on the exam without going through additional SIA security classes.
When you complete the SIA security guard licence application form, you will then go through an assessment process. SIA qualification requires the completion of this assessment by an accredited licensing centre. The SIA professionals will run a criminal background check on you and will assess your readiness for taking the exam.
Those SIA licenced candidates who are highly qualified will only need to complete an eight day training prep course before taking the SIA exam. Those who are less qualified will be required to complete a more intensive two-part security training programme.
Those candidates who have a criminal record are disqualified from taking the SIA licence exam. A background check is run more than once on each candidate so even if records show up after the initial assessment begins, you will not be qualified to continue with the training and licensing programme.
The SIA exam itself is not terribly difficult, especially if you have attended a strong SIA training programme. Being fully engaged in your own security training and always paying attention during security classes will get you a long way toward performing well on your SIA exam.
The SIA licence application form can be downloaded and completed from the official SIA website. Any accredited SIA training centre will allow you to complete the form as well. Completing the form is the first step in achieving your licensure and should be at the top of your priorities list if you want to become a security guard in the UK.