HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (QCF)
To work in the private security industry you must hold a licence granted by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Working without an SIA licence is a criminal offence. Before applying for your SIA licence you must first gain an appropriate qualification, either Level Two Door Supervision or Level Two Security Guarding.
The role of the security guard is to control admission and egress from premises and to ensure that property and persons are safe and secure.
To work as a security guard you must hold a frontline security guard’s licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). To be granted this licence an applicant must:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Pass the SIA’s criminality criteria
• Hold a recognised security guard’s qualification
After much consultation changes have been made to all licence linked qualifications which take effect from 1st January 2015. The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched in the Spring of 2014, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced it was evaluating their specifications for learning and qualifications.
Under the Private Security Act of 2001 all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must hold a recognised qualification before applying for a licence. Individuals working in the private security industry must undergo a structured training programme, resulting in one of the recognised security qualifications. Applicants who do not hold a qualification endorsed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) may have their licence application refused. The SIA has developed a competency (skills) requirement. The aim of this is to create a more competent and professional workforce, which will in turn improve the public image of the private security industry and help make the sector more attractive to potential employees. The changes to the qualifications are the titles and also the content which has been updated to better reflect the industry’s actual practices and experiences.
If you already have your qualification and Security Guard SIA licence/badge then you do not have to redo your qualification, these updated qualifications are for those new to the industry who have not completed a qualification, had an SIA Licence/Badge before or have and it has lapsed.
If you wish to upskill your SIA Licence/Badge from Security Guard to Door Supervisor you must complete a Level Two Door Supervisors qualification and then apply to the SIA explaining you wish to change your Licence/Badge from one to the other. The Level Two Upskill qualification only applies to SIA Door Supervision Licence/Badge holders, SIA Security Guard Licence/Badge does not require Upskill with renewal.
This accredited qualification comprises the following two mandatory units:
Unit 1: Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry
Unit 2: Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors within the Private Security Industry
• Hazards which may occur when conducting a search;
• and precautions which should be taken when carrying out a search.
• Common crimes that a security officer may encounter;
• Different types of trespass;
• Security officer’s power of arrest and right to search;
• Additional considerations to make when searching;
• Importance of different types of patrol and check calls;
• Common incidents encountered on patrol and actions
• to take when incidents are encountered;
• Different methods of access and egress control;
• How electronic and physical protection systems assist a
• security officer; identifying threats to these systems; and the purpose of notebooks.
• Identify search documentation that a security officer is required to complete;
• Identify actions to take if a prohibited or restricted item is found during a search;
• State the types and purposes of electronic and physical protection systems;
• State the features and functions of electronic and physical protection systems;
• State basic report-writing techniques; and
• Identify information that should be included in notebooks.
Assessment for this qualification:
It is divided into 3 units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations. These units are as follows:
Unit 1: Working in the Private Security Industry. Assessed by a 40 minute 25 question multiple-choice examination.
Unit 2: Working as a Security Officer. Assessed by a 1 hour 40 question multiple-choice examination.
Unit 3: Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry. Assessed by a 40 minute 25 question multiple-choice examination.
Duration: 3 days.
Cost: £165 plus VAT In the unlikely event you should need to re-sit your exam, there is no charge for additional re-sit exam fees.
Awarded by: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC)
For further details and information about SIA Licenses/badges please click on the SIA link below.
or Call 0800 0910231
To check your eligibility:
*To be eligible for any licence issued by the SIA you must be aged 18 or over. A CRB check will be carried out and every time a licence is renewed or needs replacing a new CRB check will be performed.
Identity, passport, certification, address, right to work and counter signatory checks will also be carried out and if applying for a frontline licence you must have achieved the appropriate SIA approved training qualification.
You must also have read and signed a Physical Intervention pre-course declaration to show you are able to carry out the physical intervention part of the course.
Delegates will be required to participate in practical sessions. They should come prepared in comfortable clothing and be physically fit when arriving on the course.