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Counter terror training for security guards

The Security Industry Authority has announced that all Door Supervision and Security Guard licence holders will need a first aid qualification and the new top-up training before they renew their licence.

Top-up training includes safety-critical content including updated counter terror training and advice for emergencies and incidents. Top up training for door supervisors will include refreshed physical intervention training.

The requirements will only affect existing Door Supervision and Security Guard licence holders when they come to renew their licence. This means that these changes will roll out over the course of the next three years.

Michelle Russell, acting chief executive of the SIA, said: “The introduction of the top up training is a key part of the reforms that we began in April this year. These changes reflect the extensive feedback and input over the last three years from those on the ground involved in working to keep the communities they serve as safe as possible. Critical to this is the requirement that all operatives have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks, especially in safety critical areas.

“The security industry plays a vital role in public protection and the new qualifications will help ensure that this industry is recognised as a profession that is delivering on this. We will continue to work in partnership with the industry to deliver the best security standards possible.”

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