The Importance of an SIA License

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In a previous post, we gave you more detail on why working with a company that holds an SIA license is beneficial. In our latest post, we delve into this topic further, providing you with information on why an SIA licence is needed and who requires one.

Firstly, SIA stands for Security Industry Authority; they are the statutory authority that is responsible for regulating private security companies in the UK.

All Private Security Companies need an SIA License

Since 2001, it has been a mandatory requirement for companies in the security industry to undergo SIA training and obtain an SIA licence.

There are various courses and exams offered by the SIA and a company will typically need to pass these exams before they can apply for a licence. In some cases, passing a first aid course may also be necessary.

Who Needs an SIA License?

Among others, those that carry out the following jobs will require an SIA license.

  • Close protection
  • Door supervisor
  • Public space surveillance (CCTV)
  • Security guarding
  • Cash and valuables in transit
  • Vehicle immobilising

As our previous post titled “The Significance of our Accreditations” explains, holding an up to date SIA license is a way a company can demonstrate that they are committed to working to the highest standards.

An SIA licence is also a legal requirement, however. The maximum penalty for practising without a license is six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

Umbrella Security Services

Here at Umbrella Security Services, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality security services to safeguard both individuals and businesses.

Working across the UK, we have built up a strong reputation for the services we provide and can ensure a tailored and cost-effective service that meet your requirements.

Please call 0121 554 2761 or send your enquiry through to our online contact form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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