How to Become a Security Guard in London

Whether you’re wanting to get into a new line of work, or are just starting out in the working world of London, a security guard is a reliable and fulfilling career. Here at Umbrella Security Services, we take you through how to become a security guard in London.


SIA Licence

In order to work as a security guard in London, you must hold an SIA license. Before submitting your application, you must complete training for a licence-linked qualification (including job duties such as manned guarding and key holding). This simply makes sure that you have the correct skills and understanding you need to hold a license and do the job as safely and efficiently as possible. It’s important to add that there are requirements needed to apply for an SIA licence. You must:


  • Be 18 years or over
  • Pass criminal record checks
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Have relevant documents (Passport, P45, Bank statement etc)


The SIA licence will cost you £190 pounds and is non-refundable if any of the above documents are incorrect. If you’re in need of more than one SIA licence, a 50% discount will be given. 


Career Progression

As with most sectors of employment, there is room for progression working within security. With experience, you could become a supervisor, senior or chief security officer. You can also undergo further training and qualifications to go into security management.


Leading Security Company in London

If you’re wanting to work for a reliable security company in London, look no further! Our years of experience working in London has allowed us to build up an outstanding reputation, and we take pride in our security guards delivering the highest standards of security services. To find out more about how we work here at Umbrella Security, please give us a call today on 0121 554 2761. Alternatively, you can jump straight to our latest job page to view our current vacancies.

Scroll to Top