Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry

A Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry is a pre-requisite for those seeking to work as a security officer in the private security industry (PSI).

Under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act (2001) individuals working in specific sectors of the private security industry must be licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). One criterion for obtaining a licence is the achievement of a licence-linked qualification. The LASER Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry provides full coverage of the competences specified by the SIA and therefore meets its requirements for a licence-linked qualification.

A Security Guarding licence is required when manned guarding activity that does not fall under the descriptions of door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, or public space surveillance (CCTV) is undertaken.

The LASER Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry qualification is suitable for any new entrant to the sector without a previous award/qualification.

Successful learners will:

  • Know the main characteristics and purposes of the Private Security Industry
  • Understand legislation as it applies to a security operative
  • Understand arrest procedures relevant to security operatives
  • Understand the importance of safe working practices
  • Understand fire procedures in the workplace
  • Understand emergencies and the importance of emergency procedures
  • Understand how to communicate effectively as a security operative
  • Understand record keeping relevant to the role of the security operative
  • Understand terror threats and the role of the security operative in the event of a threat
  • Understand how to keep vulnerable people safe
  • Understand good practice for post-incident management
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of security officers
  • Understand the control of access and egress
  • Know the different types of electronic and physical protection systems in the security environment
  • Know how to minimise risk to personal safety at work
  • Understand drug misuse legislation, issues and procedures relevant to the role of the security officer
  • Know how to conduct effective search procedures
  • Understand how to patrol designated areas safely
  • Understand the principles of conflict management appropriate to the role
  • Understand how to recognise, assess and reduce risk in conflict situations
  • Understand the use of problem-solving techniques when resolving conflict
  • Be able to communicate to de-escalate conflict.The qualification is mapped to the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Security Officers.

Duration: This course is delivered over 4 full days

COST: £200

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR: SIA Security Officers Licence

ELIGIBILITY: The minimum age for access to the qualification is 16 years, however the minimum age for SIA licence applicants is 18 years. 16 and 17 year-olds holding this qualification will not be permitted by SIA to apply for a licence.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Emergency First Aid Certificate.

From 01 April 2021 learners taking their training for the first time will need to show that they 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. It is an SIA requirement that training centres must confirm that each learner is sufficiently qualified in First Aid or Emergency First Aid.

Learners should, as a minimum, have achieved an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification covering the following outcomes.

  • understand the role of the first aider, including reference to:
  • the importance of preventing cross-infection
  • the need for recording incidents and actions
  • use of available equipment
  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).
  • Learners MUST present their First Aid or Emergency First Aid certificate* to their training provider before they start training.

This certificate* must be valid for at least 12 months from course start date. It is our training centre’s responsibility to check the learner’s First Aid certificate and maintain relevant records of how a learner meets this requirement. This information will be retained for a minimum of three years in line with retention of assessment evidence requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Security operatives are likely to make calls to the emergency services or need to communicate clearly to resolve the conflict. It is therefore essential that security operatives are able to communicate clearly. As an entry requirement, all learners must possess language skills equivalent to ESOL qualification at SCQF Level 5 awarded by SQA.

UNIT 1: Principles Of Working In The Private Security Industry

Unit 1 is undertaken through our E-learning platform via self study with mock exams to assist your learning. This unit is 8 hours in duration.

UNIT 2: Principles Of Working As A Security Officer In The Private Security Industry

This unit is delivered over 9 hours

UNIT 3: Application Of Conflict Management In The Private Security Industry

This unit is delivered over 10 hours

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

This course requires that all learners must provide suitable identification as stipulated from the approved list from the Security Industry Authority. Please see our webpage on Suitable ID.