Ensuring you’re qualified to work in the Security Industry
No matter whether you are looking to start a career in the security industry, or already run a company with staff, keeping on top of legislation and ensuring that you and your staff have the relevant qualifications in place can be somewhat time consuming. We’ve put together this quick FAQ and contacts guide to help get you started and on the right path.
Who is who in the Security Industry?
There are many different organisations that you may have to deal with / are involved in the process of obtaining Security Licenses and that you will have to deal with whilst operating within the Security Industry in general. The following is a list which breaks down what each individual organisation is, so that you will know when you see them referenced:
SIA – (Security Industry Authority)
The Security Industry Authority is in charge of setting the standards and specifications for licenses in the UK. The SIA are there to make sure that you are aware of the different skills and knowledge that is required for each qualification, and to ensure that anyone who is applying or working under a security license is meeting the appropriate specifications. They are also in charge of issuing the licenses. Those looking to apply for and obtain Security Licenses need to use the SIA as their first port of call.
OFQUAL – (Office of the Qualifications and Examination Regulator)
OFQUAL acts on behalf of the SQA, DELLS & DENI, approving qualifications, approving awarding organisations and managing the Credit and Qualifications structure. (England)
SQA – (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
Is the Scottish version of OFQUAL, regulating qualifications. (Scotland)
DELLS – (Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills)
This is the Welsh department for Education and Learning. (Wales)
DENI – (Department for Education in Northern Ireland)
This is the Northern Irish department for Education (Northern Ireland) For more information on Training and Qualifications, visit the SIA website by following this link: https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/training-roles.aspx If you are looking for Security Insurance, or want to find out more about what steps to take to make sure that you are covered why not speak to BJP Insurance today?