02 Feb 2022

What Are the New Requirements to Hold a SIA Badge?

If you are hoping to obtain or renew a SIA licence, you may be surprised to hear that some of the requirements have changed. Here is everything that you need to know, including what you can expect from our Emergency First Aid at Work course.

What is a SIA badge?

First of all, what is a SIA badge and what are the new requirements that need to be met in order to obtain one? The SIA badge is a compulsory security guard license. All individuals or security related businesses need to have one before they offer services in in the private security sector. In 2021, changes were made to the requirements needed to gain this license. Certain individuals need to take top-up training to ensure that their badge remains valid, and you may be asked to supply documents that were not asked for when you first applied.

Changes to first aid requirements

However, one of the biggest changes to the requirements to hold a SIA badge is first aid related. Before, only those applying for a close protection licence were required to complete a first aid qualification. Now, those applying for a door supervisor or security guard licence are included in that group.

You will need to take an Emergency First Aid course if any of the following apply:

  • you are applying for a licence for the first time
  • more than 3 years have passed since you last held a licence for that position
  • you are renewing your licence

For those wondering, it’s important to remember that this new requirement for first aid training will simply improve your skills as an SIA licence holder. It will not change or add to any of the obligations you have when responding to an emergency at work.

Our Emergency First Aid at Work Course

The course that anyone applying for a SIA badge needs to be an Emergency First Aid at Work course or equivalent. Luckily for you, we offer the Emergency First Aid at work course right here at SRP Training. It’s one of the most popular training courses that we offer, and we have seen an increase in interest from our clients since the new SIA guidelines were introduced. Covering everything you need to know to carry out your role with confidence, this 1-day course can be taken during the week and at weekends to suit the needs of a range of delegates.

Moving forward

Once you have completed the course, you are one step closer to obtaining your SIA badge. It is your responsibility to check you have all the documents you need before you apply for your licence, so take some time to do this before you proceed. If you have any questions about us and the first aid course you need to complete, we are here to help. We have assisted many delegates in passing the Emergency First Aid at Work course, and would be delighted to add you to that list. Get in touch today, and we will give you all the information you need to book your place on the course with confidence.

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