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New Security Industry Authority licence-linked qualifications postponed to April 2021

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has decided to postpone the introduction of new licence-linked qualifications until April 2021.

The SIA has spoken to industry, awarding organisations and training providers who have outlined the difficulties they face during the current pandemic.

In view of these challenges, the September 2020 launch date for the new qualifications is deemed to be unachievable.

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The SIA has therefore set a revised target date of April 2021 for the introduction of the new licence-linked qualifications.

The SIA is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

*For further information about the SIA or to sign up for e-mail updates visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority), LinkedIn and Twitter (@SIAuk)

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New Security Industry Authority-linked qualifications to be launched in January 2015

A new suite of qualifications for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives is to be launched in January 2015, with the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance assisting in their development.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched earlier this year, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced an evaluation of its specifications for learning and qualifications.

The review affects security licence-linked units, and will result in qualifications containing these units being withdrawn and replaced. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has been asked by the SIA to assist in the development work alongside other SIA-endorsed awarding bodies in order to create new units that will make up the qualifications.

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

The change will impact learners, personnel, security companies and facilities management organisations providing security services.

Existing qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014 to be replaced by the revised qualifications with immediate effect from 1 January 2015.

Meeting the needs of learners and employers

Jason Sprenger, HABC’s CEO, said: “This is perhaps the largest review the SIA has conducted into training since it took responsibility for the sector, and will result in the development of completely new suites of qualifications that better meet the needs of learners and employers. We actively encouraged all of our Approved Centres offering security courses to take part in the public consultation to ensure that the sector had a voice in the review, and that the resulting qualifications will be valued by security professionals.”

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

A number of new learning materials to support the units are also planned for launch in January 2015, including the ‘Working as a Door Supervisor’, ‘Working as a Security Officer’ and ‘Working as a CCTV Operator’ books and training presentations. The former have been written by Andy Walker and, in the case of the surveillance-focused document, Gordon Tyerman, both of whom are recognised experts in the security arena.

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

*Further information on the planned changes is available by calling 0845 226 0350. Alternatively, send an e-mail to: info@highfieldabc.com

**For regular updates, visit: https://twitter.com/HighfieldABC and: http://www.facebook.com/HighfieldABC

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