Security guard training: everything you need to know

If you’re looking to be a security guard, be it for retail or gigs, you know that you need an SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence. And to get one, you have to have done the necessary training. But where offers the training for the best price? And is it good enough? We’ve summarised security guard training and everything you need to know.

What does security guard training cover?

You will have to do a course, and pass 3 exams. Then you will have to go through a criminal background and identification check. Depending on what licence you need, depends on what exactly the course will contain. If you’re unsure as to what licence you need, check out Get Licenced breakdown.

You can get licenced as a front line or non-front line, and you can specialise in door supervisor, CCTV operative, security guard or close protection, it all depends on what kind of security you are interested in doing!

How much will it cost?

Door Supervisor Training

If you choose to go with Get Licensed (who claim best price guarantee), then you can get this course from £159.99! This is taught in a variety of locations across the country. At the moment, they’re also offering this to be taught virtually due to COVID restrictions.

CCTV Operative Training

If you choose to go with Get Licensed, then you can get this course from £179.99. Again, this is taught across the country and also virtually due to COVID restrictions.

Close Protection Training

As this course involves protecting another person directly as opposed to a crowd or company, it is a little pricier. If you choose to go with Get Licensed, it will cost from £899 to get trained for this.

Security Guard Training

With Get Licenced, this will cost you from £159.99.

Other training agencies are around too, depending on where you are in the country. However, these often charge a little more. In fact, Get Licenced actually have a price match guarantee.

What will I learn?

Door Supervisor

Across 4 days you will learn:

  • Unit 1: Working in the private security industry
    • Private Security Industry: The legal aspect
    • Health and Safety for private security operatives
    • Fire Safety awareness
    • Emergency procedures
    • Communication Skills and Customer Care
  • Unit 2: Working as a security officer
    • Behavioural standards
    • Civil and criminal law
    • Searching
    • Arrest
    • Drugs awareness
    • Recording incidents and crime scene preservation
    • Licensing law
    • Emergency procedures
  • Unit 3: Conflict management in the private security industry
    • Avoiding conflict and reducing personal risk
    • Defusing conflicts
    • Resolving and learning from conflicts
    • Application of communication skills and conflict management for Door Supervisors
  • Unit 4: Physical intervention skills for the private security industry

CCTV Operative

Across 3 days you will learn:

  • Unit 1: Working in the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 2: Working as a CCTV Operator
  • Unit 3: Practical use of CCTV Systems

Close Protection

Across 16 days you will learn:

  • Unit 1: Working in the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 2: Working as a Close Protection Operative
  • Unit 3: Conflict Management

Security Guard

Across 4 days you will learn:

  • Unit 1: Working in the private security industry
  • Unit 2: Working as a security officer
  • Unit 3: Conflict management in the private security industry

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