SIA Top Up Training 

As of October 2022, anyone who wishes to renew their SIA license is required to undergo what has been termed Top-Up training first or leave the industry and do something else. The idea behind it is to address the need for reliable, high-quality standards across the workforce especially those working in the United Kingdom where many moonlight as Door Supervisors or something else.  That need is even more present today, and the focus of the training is based on the following core competencies:

Unit 1: Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry

  • Identify the different threat levels

  • Recognise the common terror attack methods

  • Recognise the actions to take in the event of a terror threat

  • Identify the procedures for dealing with suspicious items

  • Identify behaviours that could indicate suspicious activity

  • Identify how to respond to suspicious behaviour

Unit 2: Principles of Working as a Door Supervisor for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry

  • Understand how to keep vulnerable people safe

  • Understand licensing law relevant to the role of a door supervisor

  • Understand queue management and venue capacity responsibilities relevant to a door supervisor

Unit 3: Application of Physical Intervention Skills for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry 

  • Understand the requirements of providing clear and concise instructions to the principal and team members in emergency situations

  • Know how to respond to a change in operational conditions from standard operating procedures (SOP) to emergency operating procedures (EOP)

  • Know the responsibilities of the close protection team when there is an immediate physical threat to the principal

  • Understand the necessity for narrowing the concentric layers of protection when managing an immediate threat to the principal

  • Understand the implications of common and criminal law when using force on another person

  • Know the positive alternatives to using physical intervention skills in a close protection environment

  • Understand associated threats because of attempted assaults or unwarranted attention towards a principal

  • Know how to apply physical intervention skills in a justifiable, ethical, and professional manner

  • Be able to use non-pain compliant soft skills to prevent harm to a principal

  • Be able to use defensive non-pain compliant skills to protect self from assault

  • Be able to use non-pain compliant methods of protecting the inner cordon

  • Be able to protect the principal from assault

  • Be able to communicate effectively to encourage de-escalation 

Unit 4: Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry

  • Understand physical interventions and the implications of their use

  • Understand the risks associated with using physical intervention

  • Understand how to reduce the risks associated with physical intervention

  • Be able to use physical skills to protect yourself and others

  • Be able to use non-pain compliant standing, holding and escorting techniques

Why now?

  1. Notwithstanding that it is a SIA mandatory requirement, it is about you meeting the expectations of continuing professional development (CPD) in keeping your skills and abilities up to date.

  2. Many professions require you to possess specific qualifications, and if you're serious about forging a career in Close Protection in the United Kingdom you will have no choice but to take the course if you wish to renew your SIA license.

  3. You will gain skills and recognition through improving your specialist knowledge and your abilities giving you a greater opportunity to progress your career in the direction you want.

What will this cost me and how long will it take?
We recognize that finances may be a little stretched for some of you, so we have kept our costs to a minimum at only £100 per day over 5 days; that being the number of days needed to complete the course.  There is clearly a lot that needs to be covered and your success in achieving this qualification depends on you passing four exams and two assessments prepared by the certifying body Pearson.

When and where will the courses be held?
We figured that up here in the Northwest, hotels are much cheaper than down south representing a significant saving on overall outlay you will need to make and as far as frequently is concerned, well that depends on the numbers that we can muster for each cohort, (the minimum being 6 people). 

How do I sign up for the next available course?

  1. First check to see that you have an in-date First Aid qualification with at least 12 months left before recertification. If not, then we can help with that too.

  2. Next send a message via WhatsApp to 0772 882 6999 or email with an expression of interest.