Important changes to the SIA application process

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching a new self-service website, aiming to simplify the licence application process and introducing the new ways of applying for licences and managing your licensing requirements.

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From spring 2016, all licence applications and renewals will be completed through the new self-service website via your personal or business account. Your new online account will give you greater control of the application process, acting as a central hub for all information regarding your licence.

It is important that applicants and businesses are aware of these changes and confident with the new procedures. To clarify how the new self-service website will work, and introduce some of the key functions they have added to make the application process quicker and easier, the SIA has produced a series of video tutorials to help you understand what it will be like to use the new system.

To ensure that you are sufficiently prepared for the upcoming changes, we encourage you to use these videos for both your own instruction and to communicate the changes to your colleagues/learners.

Further advice and information regarding the new self-service website is available on the SIA website: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/changes

SIA announces changes to security licence applications

security licence applicationsThe Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced a series of changes aimed to simply and improve the security licence applications process.

The changes, which are due to be implemented this spring, are part of a ‘digital by default’ approach that will see applications and renewals completed entirely online.

The key changes include:

  • New services for approved contractors (Licence Management and Licence Assist), which will provide businesses with greater control of the licensing of their employees, along with special permissions to carry out certain tasks
  • Allowing other businesses to pay for licence applications with the SIA’s Licence Pay Only service, as well as create customised ‘watch lists’ on their improved Licence Status Checker to monitor the licence status of the individuals they are interested in
  • Removing bulk paper applications and telephone renewals
  • Managing the majority of their queries online, with a call handling centre for complex queries
  • Licence applications and renewals to be completed entirely online.

A full presentation outlining the changes is available here.

There is also a suite of information concerning the changes on the SIA’s website (www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk).

SIA clarifies identification requirements after DVLA changes

DVLAThe Security Industry Authority (SIA) has clarified its identification requirements for licence applications after changes introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The clarification comes after the DVLA stopped issuing paper counterparts to the driving-licence photocard this June in England, Scotland and Wales, causing some confusion amongst Centres as to what would be accepted as part of the SIA’s Group A and Group B identification requirements.

After enquiries to HABC from Centres, the SIA has confirmed that it will accept:

  • A driving licence photocard and its paper counterpart as a valid Group A document regardless of whether they were issued by the DVLA in Great Britain or the DVA in Northern Ireland
  • Just the photocard as a valid Group A document if it was issued by the DVLA in Great Britain. However, it will not accept it as a valid Group A document if it was issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland
  • A Northern Ireland DVA photocard on its own as a valid Group B document
  • A paper counterpart on its own as a Group B document, regardless of whether it was issues by the DVLA in Great Britain or the DVA in Northern Ireland.

The SIA will not accept a two-part driving licence as both a Group A and Group B document.

For further information, click here.

SIA requests Centres double-check learners’ details

sia-logoThe Security Industry Authority (SIA) has requested that Centres take extra care when uploading the details of learners sitting assessments for licence-linked qualifications.

Currently, the SIA is experiencing increased failure rates for licence applications because learners’ details are recorded incorrectly – something that has an impact on the SIA, training Centres and of course learners.

HABC is asking that all its Approved Centres double-check and accurately record learners’ full names exactly as shown on their identity documents to avoid unnecessary delays, as names that do not match identity documents will be returned.

If you have any queries about any stage of the process, please contact your HABC account manager.

PRESS RELEASE: New security qualifications launched for Scotland

SecurityA new suite of security qualifications specific to Scotland has been launched by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), followed by the introduction of similarly updated qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in January 2015.

The review affected security licence-linked units, meaning that qualifications containing these have now been withdrawn and replaced.

The new qualifications are:

HABC Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (Public Space Surveillance) (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6;
HABC Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6;
HABC Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6; and
HABC Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6.

As the new qualifications contain updated content, deliverers of them must ensure their training programmes are revised to meet the new learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Schemes of work and lesson plans must also be updated to reflect the changes.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘As a result of the SIA review, we have introduced a completely new suite of qualifications that will continue to provide employers with the skilled staff they require. HABC was actively involved in the development work alongside other SIA-approved Awarding Organisations, helping to create the new units that make up the qualifications and working with our Centres to ensure their views were reflected throughout’.

A number of new learning materials have also been launched to support the qualifications, including the Working as a Door Supervisor, Working as a Security Officer and Working as a CCTV Operator books and training presentations, written by security experts Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman.

For more information on the changes or to offer the qualifications, click here, call 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfield.co.uk

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PRESS RELEASE: New security qualifications to be launched in 2015

A new suite of qualifications for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives is to be launched in January 2015, with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) assisting in their development.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched earlier in 2014, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced it was evaluating their specifications for learning and qualifications.

The review affects security licence-linked units, and will result in qualifications containing these being withdrawn and replaced. HABC has been asked by the SIA to assist in the development work alongside other SIA-endorsed Awarding Organisations to create new units that will make up the qualifications.

Existing qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014, to be replaced with the revised qualifications with immediate effect from 1 January 2015.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘This is perhaps the largest review the SIA has conducted into training since it took responsibility for the sector, and will result in the development of completely new suites of qualifications that better meet the needs of learners and employers. We actively encouraged all our Approved Centres offering security courses to take part in the public consultation to ensure that the sector had a voice in the review, and that the resulting qualifications would be valued by security professionals’.

A number of new learning materials to support the units are also planned for launch in January 2015, including the Working as a Door Supervisor, Working as a Security Officer and Working as a CCTV Operator books and training presentations written by security experts Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman (Working as a CCTV Operator only).

For more information on the changes call 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

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COMING SOON – New security qualifications to be launched in 2015

new security qualificationsThe security industry will have brand new qualifications to offer clients and potential candidates early next year, with HABC assisting in the development of revised units.

The changes come after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched earlier this year, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced it was evaluating their specifications for learning and qualifications.

The outcome of the review will affect the security licence-linked units, which will result in qualifications containing these units being withdrawn and replaced. HABC has been asked by SIA to assist in the development and work alongside other SIA-endorsed Awarding Organisations to create the units that will make up the new qualifications.

Existing qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014, to be replaced with the revised qualifications with immediate effect from 1 January 2015.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘This is perhaps the largest review the SIA has conducted into training since it took responsibility for the sector, and will result in the development of completely new suites of qualifications that better meet the needs of learners and employers.

We actively encouraged all our Approved Centres offering security courses to take part in the public consultation to ensure that the sector had a voice in the review, and that the resulting qualifications would be valued by security professionals’.

HABC will be working with the SIA and Centres over the next few months to ensure that all providers have full details on the new qualifications. A series of events across the country is also planned, with dates and locations due to be announced later in the year.

Dates and locations are:

  • Doncaster 27 November 2014
  • Bristol 2 December 2014

All HABC Approved Centres will be fully supported with the transition between the qualifications, but in the meantime if you have any questions, please contact your account manager.