Public to benefit from better trained door supervisors
The public will benefit from better trained door staff as new rules come into effect.
From the 4th February, door supervisors renewing their Security Industry Authority licence will need to have taken additional training and gained the Level 2 Award for Up-skilling Door Supervisors qualification.
The change means that door supervisors will need to complete training in physical intervention skills as well as demonstrating knowledge in areas of first aid, awareness of terrorist threats and considerations in dealing with children and young people.
SIA Competency Manager Tony Holyland explains:
“Door staff are often the first people party-goers see on a night out to their local pub or club. As the night time economy has developed, the role of the door supervisor has changed. The additional mandatory skills will help door supervisors to handle situations, which can often involve resolving drink-fuelled disputes and escorting disorderly revellers off the premises.
“In highly-emotive situations, the door supervisor has to be able to protect the public and sometimes, him or herself from abuse. The new requirements will better equip door supervisors whilst they are on duty to do this in a safe manner.
“We would urge all door staff to make sure that they take the additional training before they renew their licence. Anyone supplying or employing door staff should ensure that they use our online Register of Licence Holders to ensure that their operative are properly trained and holds a valid SIA licence.”
The Up-Skilling for Door Supervisors qualification is available from training providers already offering the licence-linked door supervision qualification. The award includes completing training in physical intervention skills as well as demonstrating knowledge in areas of first aid, awareness of terrorist threats and considerations in dealing with children and young people. It consists of one day of training and some self-study. For a list of training providers please visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/trainers
Only door supervisors with older pre-June 2010 qualifications will need to take the new award, as the content is included in the newer post-June 2010 qualification. Since June 2010, a stand-alone physical intervention unit has been available for door supervisors with the older qualifications if they wished to undertake this element. Any door supervisor with the older qualification that have already undertaken the additional physical intervention training will not need to repeat this, but will need to complete the self-study workbook and have it signed by a tutor.
Any individual who currently holds a door supervisor licence but does not carry out licensable activities in this sector can, after 4 February 2013, on renewal of their licence obtain instead a security guarding licence and will not have to take the additional training. This can be done by an individual stating on the renewal form that they are applying for a Security Guarding licence.