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IMPORTANT COURSE OVERVIEW & MANDATORY INFORMATION


Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to continue to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognised 'top-up' qualification before re-applying for the licence to practice.

The Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Top-Up) has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). It is based on the relevant SIA Specifications for Learning and Qualifications and provides the necessary skills and knowledge for learners who wish to apply to renew their SIA licence and work as a Security Officer within the private security industry.

It is also for those who are currently Door Supervisors, but wish to transfer / downgrade to a Security Officer licence.

The course just contains two modules that are delivered solely by 'self-study' (online distance learning), then by taking the exams either online using proctoring software (see content tab), or 'face to face' in a classroom in Bournemouth.

The additional module of First Aid is a pre-course requirement and condition of booking this course (see first aid requirement tab).

On course completion, having gained your qualification, you will be able to apply to the SIA for the renewal of your  ‘actual’ licence. There is a cost to this of £184. Applications are also subject to a criminal record check. Once granted, the licence is valid for 3 years before renewal.


It is important that you read and understand all of the information contained within these tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us.

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES


- Applicants must either hold a current SIA Security Officer or Door Supervisor Licence or be within the permitted licence expiry grace period (i.e. 3 years). If your qualification expired longer than 3 years ago you will need to retake the full qualification.

- Applicants must hold a First Aid Qualification (see first aid requirement tab)

- Applicants must be able to provide appropriate personal identification (see the 'Identification' tab).

- Applicants must have the ability to communicate, read and write in English at a basic level (see English Language Requirements tab).

- Applicants must complete any relevant ‘Self-Study’ prior to being booked in for the exams (see content tab).

- (If taking exams online) - Applicants must have a working (up to date) Laptop or PC with a web camera, microphone, speakers and a good and steady internet connection in order to take the proctored exams online.


It is important that you read and understand all of the information contained within these tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us.

FIRST AID IS REQUIRED


Applicants to this course must hold a First Aid Qualification

In order to take this online course you must hold a current and valid First Aid or Emergency First Aid certificate that meets the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

The certificate must be valid for at least 12 months from your course start date.

If you meet this requirement, please email us a copy of your certificate at the time of your booking. Alternatively, you can upload this at the same time as uploading your ID.

Or if your local to Bournemouth, you can enrol on the HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification by clicking on the 'First Aid training' tab.


It is important that you read and understand all of the information contained within these tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us

COURSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT


It is a requirement of the SIA, Ofqual and SIA training Awarding Organisations that learners who take the course have a basic knowledge of the English language which includes the ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English.

It is very important that you are able to read, write and communicate effectively in the English language as your assessments are conducted in the medium of English.

You are required to complete (and pass) a basic English test before gaining access to the study. This will be completed using an online form - (a link to access this form will be provided to you within your joining instructions). You will also be contacted to arrange a 5 minute video call by your course mentor. 

To help prepare you for the basic English test (or to put your mind at rest), please see the sample English assessment (below). This is not the actual test and does ‘NOT’ need to be completed, but it is similar. The purpose of the example is for you to confirm your ability to be able to complete a similar test on confirmation of your booking.


It is important that you read and understand all of the information contained within these tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us.

COURSE CONTENT


The Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Top-Up) course contains two modules and is delivered solely by 'self-study' (distance learning) and by either taking the exams online using proctoring software, or 'face to face' in a classroom. The additional module of First Aid is a pre-course requirement and is a condition of booking this course (see first aid requirement tab).

Module 1. Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry (PTTAPSI)

All security personnel are required to take mandatory counter terror training using the SIA approved Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) training programme.

The 2 modules (ACT Awareness & ACT Security) will take approximately 2 hours to complete. On booking your course, you will be provided with instructions to access these modules free of charge.

These modules must be completed PRIOR to booking your exam session.

A direct link and a access pin codes will be provided to you within your main course joining instruction email.

Assessment of Module:

- 22 question multiple choice mock examination. (Online - Pre-course)

- 10 question multiple choice examination. 20 minutes. Pass mark 7/10. (Exam Session)


Module 2. The Principles of Minimising Personal Risk for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (PMPSOPSI)

This module is delivered by 'self-study'. This module takes approx 2 hours to complete.

This module must be completed PRIOR to booking your exam session.

Assessment of Module:

- 16 question multiple choice examination. 25 minutes. Pass mark 11/16. (Exam Session)


Access to the 'self-study' modules will be emailed to you on confirmation of your booking.

TAKING YOUR EXAMS:

Once you have completed your associated ‘self-study’ and provided us the required documents you can be booked in for your exams, either online or face to face.

Online:

To take your exams online, you must have a working (up to date) Laptop or PC with a web camera, microphone, speakers and a good and steady internet connection.

The day / times of your exams will vary depending on availability of the Awarding Organisations Proctor. We expect to run the exams once or twice per month. If you are not able to make a specific date, we can simply move you to the next available session.

Note: To organise online exam sessions, we need 5 or more people sitting at the same time. This means you 'could' be waiting until we have 5 or more learners waiting to take the exams online.

Classroom:

To take your exams in the classroom, on completion of your pre-exam tasks, simply contact us and we can arrange for you take your exams at our Bournemouth training location - Hinton Firs Hotel, 9 Manor Road, BH1 3ET. The Hotel offers furtther discounts on rooms if you mention you are booked to take a course with us.


It is important that you read and understand all of the information contained within these tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us.

REQUIRED IDENTIFICATION FOR SIA LICENCE LINKED COURSES


Due to SIA requirements relating to forms of ‘acceptable Identification’. It is ‘your’ responsibility to ensure that you have the correct identification 'before' booking on the course.

Failure to provide this identification will result in you not being able to take part and complete the course or apply to the SIA for your licence.

Prior to booking your exam date, you will need to submit your personal details together with a passport style photograph and personal identification. Therefore, we request you to do the following in advance.

1. Take a clear self-portrait of yourself (against a light plain background) then save your photo to your phones photo gallery. We would recommend asking someone else to take the photo for you.

2. Take a clear digital photograph of your First Aid qualification Certificate, then save it to your phones gallery. 

3. Take clear digital photographs of your personal identification then save these photos to your phones photo gallery.(If you are unsure of what ID is required, see the ‘Mandatory ID Requirements’ guide below).

4. Write your signature on a plain piece of white paper, take a clear digital photograph of it, save it to your phones gallery.


In line with the Security Industry Authority’s documentation requirements, for physcial exams, please bring with you:

One identity document from Group A and Two documents from Group B and a recent passport photograph of yourself.

Out of the three documents, at least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth.

Each document should be the original, physical document. The SIA will not accept a scan or photocopy – unless they have notified you directly that they will accept a notarised copy.

You MUST provide photo identification in order that your identity can be confirmed. If the Group A document does not include a photograph (e.g. UK Birth Certificate or UK Adoption Certificate), then an additional identity document, which does include a photograph of you, must also be provided so that your identity can be confirmed.

Group A Identification Documents

- A1 Passport that is signed, current and valid UK.

- A2 Current, valid photocard driving licence issued by the DVLA in Britain. We will not accept the photocard on its own if it was issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.

- A3 Current, valid photocard driving licence and its paper counterpart issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.

- A4 UK original birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth.

- A5 UK adoption certificate.

- A6 UK biometric residence permit card.

Group B Identification Documents

- B1 Bank or building society statement issued to your current address, less than three months old. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different bank or building society.

- B2 Utility bill (gas, electric, telephone, water, TV, satellite, cable etc but NOT mobile phone bills) issued to your current address within the last three months. You can only submit one utility bill in support of your application.

- B3 A credit card statement sent to your current address within the last three months. You can submit more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different issuer.

- B4 Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.

- B5 Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.

- B6 Letter from H.M. Revenue & Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service, or local authority issued within the last three months. You can submit more than one letter as long as each is issued by a different Government department or a different local authority.

- B7 P45 or P60 tax statement from the last 12 months.

- B8 Current UK driving licence - paper version (not the paper counterpart to a photocard).

- B9 Driving licence photocard (without a paper counterpart) issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland.

- B10 Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in last 12 months.

- B11 Valid UK firearms licence with photo.

- A2/A3 Can be used as a Group B document if not used as the Group A document.

Insufficient ID

You cannot be booked in for your exam until you are able to provide the Required Identification talked about above. Therefore, if you are unable to provide the required identification, then please contact us prior to booking your course on (01202) 978466


It is important that you read and understand all of the information contained within these tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us.

SIA LICENCE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS


You will only be able to apply for your licence renewal when you have passed all units of the course - results can take between (2-3 working days after online exam completion). You do NOT need your e-certificate to apply as your qualification is matched electronically).

You can renew your licence up to 4 months early from your expiry date. If you do your renewal ‘before’ your licence expiry date, you can do so by simply logging into your SIA account, going to the ‘my licences’ tab, then on the right hand side (next to your current licence) there is a drop down menu, simple select renew and it will take you through the process.

If your licence has already expired, but you are within the 3 years expiry window, you will have to start a fresh application (i.e. it wont let you simply select the renew button). Again, to do this, first login to your SIA account.

You can read more about this process here: CLICK HERE

Or if you know what to do, login to your SIA account here: CLICK HERE

SKILLS FOR JOBS - POLICIES


Available on request, Skills for Jobs Ltd policies:

- Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy

- Complaints Policy, Procedures & form

- Appeals Policy, Procedures & form

- HSAW Policy

- Malpractice Policy

Please feel free to ask us (before your booking) or your course mentor if you would like to view any of them.

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