Under the Private Security Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must hold a recognised qualification before applying for a Security Industry Authority licence (SIA).

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 SIA may have their licence application refused.
Smarter Academy’s security qualifications are fully endorsed by the SIA and the relevant regulatory authority.

Level 2 Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry

This regulated qualification is designed for those learners who undertook their door supervisor qualification prior to the launch of the regulated door supervisor qualification. If successfully achieved, it allows them to meet their mandatory top-up requirements for door supervisors and to retain their Security Industry Authority Licence. It is based on the relevant SIA specification for learning and qualifications, and subjects covered include understanding relevant counter-terrorism issues, queue management and physical intervention.

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?
This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 2-days.

How is the qualification assessed?
This qualification is assessed by the following methods:

Unit 1: Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry
Assessed in two parts. Part one is a practical test and part two is a written test set by Highfield. Learners must achieve a 100% pass mark for both tests.

Unit 2: Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by an externally set and externally marked 15-question MCQ paper. Learners must achieve a 70% pass mark.

Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry

This regulated qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to work as a door supervisor as it provides them with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for an SIA licence in this field. Subjects covered include behavioural standards, legislation relevant to the role, search procedures, powers of arrest, recording incidents and crime scene preservation, reducing risk, conflict management, communicating effectively and physical intervention.

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?
This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 4-days.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is divided into 4-units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations, 1-written test and a practical test. These units are as follows:

Unit 1: Working in the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a multiple-choice examination of 1-hour consisting of 40-questions. Learners must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit.

Unit 2: Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a multiple-choice examination of 1-hour 15-minutes and consisting of 45-questions. Learners must achieve a score of at least 32 out of 45 to pass this unit.

Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry
Assessed by a multiple-choice examination of 30-minutes and consisting of 20-questions. Learners must achieve a score of at least 14 out of 20 to pass this unit.

Unit 4: Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry

Assessed in two parts. Part one is a practical test and part two is a written test set by Highfield. Learners must achieve a 100% pass mark in both tests.