We’ve updated our Security Products!

We have recently updated our Working as a Door Supervisor Training Presentation, Working as a Security Officer Presentation, Working as a CCTV Operator Training Presentation, and our Physical Intervention Skills Training Presentation.

These updates have been implemented to be in line with the recent developments to the relevant qualifications and to give your learners the most relevant knowledge for them to succeed.

What is included in the updates?
You will now receive additional modules within each of the presentations, which includes the new learning material. A detailed list of all modules for each presentation is below.

Working as a Door Supervisor Training Presentation
The modules covered by the 4  training presentations include:

Module 1 – Principles of working in the private security industry
Module 2 – Principles of working as a door supervisor in the private security industry
Module 3 – Application of conflict management in the private security industry
Door supervisors top up (Highfield level 2 award for door supervisors in the private security industry RQF)

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Working as a Security Officer Presentation
The modules covered by the 4   training presentations include:

Module 1 – Principles of working in the private security industry
Module 2 – Principles of working as a security officer in the private security industry
Module 3 – Application of conflict management in the private security industry
Security officers top up (Highfield level 2 award for security officers in the private security industry RQF)

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Working as a CCTV Operator Training Presentation
The modules covered by the 2 training presentations include:

  • Module 1 – Principles of working in the private security industry
  • Module 2 – Principles and practices of working as a CCTV Operator within the private security industry

 

 

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Physical Intervention Skills Training Presentation
The topics covered by this presentation include:

  • Module 1 – Physical interventions and implications of their use
  • Module 2 – Risks associated with using physical intervention
  • Module 3 – Reducing the risks associated with physical interventions
  • Module 4 – Practical training in non-pain related physical skills to protect yourself and others from assault
  • Module 5 – Practical training in non-pain related standing, holding and escorting techniques

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Anyone who has purchased one of these presentations within the past 12 months will automatically receive a digital download, which includes the updated learning modules.

 

Specifications for new security top-up qualifications now available

We’ve been working hard over the last few months to update our range of licence-linked security top-up qualifications in line with new requirements from the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

And we’re delighted to say these qualifications have now been launched and are open for registration. 

The qualifications have been designed for individuals who currently hold a licence from the SIA to work as a door supervisor or security officer, and who need to be brought up to date with the new requirements.

The qualifications cover key areas such as:

• Principles of Terror Threat Awareness
• Principles of Using Equipment as a Door Supervisor (DS only)
• Application of physical intervention skills (DS only)
• Principles of Minimising Personal Risk for Security Officers (SO only)

The specifications can be found below:

Highfield Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry (Top up)

Highfield Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry (Scotland) (Top up)

Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Top up)

Highfield Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Scotland) (Top up)

Further information regarding the new top-up qualifications can also be found on the SIA website at ‘Get Training’ here.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the new qualifications, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

Remote delivery and assessment of Security Qualifications pilot – webinar

Highfield’s digital portfolio is helping to keep businesses on the front foot during the COVID-19 crisis.

Our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite is now being piloted for some of Highfield’s security qualifications, meaning that your teaching can be done through remote learning and learners can qualify from the safety of their home.

How our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite works:

E-learning – award winning, instantly available, accessible anywhere

E-assessment – regulated assessments on your computer

Remote online invigilation – at home when convenient with the learner

In this webinar we’ll explain which of our security qualifications can be delivered remotely under the pilot, plus, we’ll demonstrate how to:

• let learners learn AND qualify from home or anywhere in the country

• enable home and work-based test to be undertaken using a remote invigilator

• conduct tests under normal exam conditions set out by Ofqual

All the information in this webinar was correct at time of broadcast (3 April 2020).

For more information on our webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Upcoming changes to security qualifications

Many of you in the security sector will already be well aware of proposed changes to security qualifications from 1 April 2020, particularly around first-aid requirements.

While some details are still being finalised, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) will require new SIA licence applicants to complete an emergency first aid at work qualification.

Highfield is currently updating its security qualifications to take account of the changes, and we fully anticipate having them ready for delivery from 1 April 2020.

Likewise, we are updating a number of our related publications. These are:

  • Highfield Level 2 Award for CCTV Operators (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry
  • Highfield Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry
  • Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry
  • Highfield Level 3 Award for Physical Intervention Trainers in the Private Security Industry

Again, these will be available from 1 April 2020. However, both our upskilling resources and slide presentation for door supervisors will be withdrawn, as these will no longer be required.

We recently held a webinar explaining the expected changes to administrative tasks for centres delivering the updated qualifications.

 

 

New qualification for safe use of mechanical restraints (handcuffs)

We’re always looking to provide our centres with the qualifications and resources to help them and their learners tackle the major issues in the security sector. 

That’s why with use of mechanical restraints such as handcuffs – and the implications of getting it wrong – frequently in the news, we’ve launched a new qualification to help you make sure learners get it right.

The Highfield Level 3 Award in the Safe Use of Mechanical Restraints (Handcuffs) RQF covers the legislation surrounding the use of mechanical restraints such as handcuffs, and teaches learners their safe and effective use in a lawful manner.

The qualification is suitable for learners who are already licensed to practice by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to practice, as well as civil enforcement and community safety accredited persons.

It is assessed by an open response workbook and a practical assessment, and has a total qualification time of 12 hours with 8 recommended guided learning hours.

You can find out more about the qualification now by going to https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/security/mechanical-restraints

PRESS RELEASE: Support for protective services on apprenticeships

Organisations working in protective services looking to make the most of their apprenticeship levy contributions will now have help from one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) services for the new Custody and Detention Officer Standard, and will be offering employers a full range of assessment services to help them achieve the most from their apprenticeship levy payments.

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017 means larger employers have to pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers can claim 90 per cent of their apprenticeship costs from the government.

The changes also mean new apprenticeship standards like those in security now use EPA instead of continuous assessment, requiring individual apprentices to have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘Many employers are coming to terms with the introduction of the new apprenticeship standards and in particular the apprenticeship levy, so we understand that it is a complex and changing training environment for many.

Highfield’s approach has been to do the hard work, so employers don’t have to. With our recognition as an end-point assessment organisation, we are in a position to provide specific assessment services for those businesses already taking on apprentices or considering it.

He added, ‘Apprentices are great for business and can provide a welcome boost to staff development and productivity when it is most needed, but it’s vital that organisations understand from day one how to make sure the changes are of benefit to them and their employees’.

For more information, go to www.highfieldassessment.com

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 226 0350/01302 363277.

Regular social media updates are available at https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield 

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for the Level 3 Custody and Detention Officer Standard. Highfield’s apprenticeship services are delivered through its Highfield Assessment brand.
  2. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s top five awarding organisations (AO). It is winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016 and Awarding Organisation of the Year in 2018.

 

Crowd Management Academy offers drone surveillance training

drone surveillance trainingAn innovative new drone surveillance training course for organisations intending to use drones for public space surveillance has been launched by Belfast-based Crowd Management Academy.

Linking up with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved commercial drone operator Crowded Space Drones, the tailored drone surveillance training course allows candidates to complete the HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (QCF), which in turn allows them to obtain an SIA Public Space Surveillance (PSS) licence.

An SIA licence must be obtained for any organisation operating cameras in public spaces for the purposes of protection of people and property, public safety, security, crime prevention or crime detection.

Under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 any person who undertakes surveillance of public space for the purposes of security, crime detection of crime prevention under contract must hold an SIA PSS licence. Those who are using existing fixed cameras to protect their own property or employer’s property are exempt.

Andrew McQuillan, a CAA approved Drone Pilot, said, ‘Unmanned Aircraft, aka drones, are becoming more widespread in their use across the United Kingdom and indeed globally. There are so many different tasks that drones are able to do safer, cheaper and more reliably. When a drone pilot is flying they for the purposes of security, public safety or crime prevention and detection for a client, they should recognise that the cameras attached to their drone turn it into a form of CCTV camera. This is a really positive thing as it means pilots can replace existing CCTV cameras which are geographically and height restricted by where they are mounted’.

He added, ‘This joint drone surveillance training course has been designed to ensure drone pilots comply with the Private Security Industry Act and other important legislation covering these types of flights such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and Air Navigation Order. It should also make them much more competitive in this business as they can specifically target organisations who require such services such as private investigators and public authorities’.

The first course took place in early May at DronePort, Northern Ireland, the UK and Ireland’s dedicated drone airport and the former site of RAF Ballykelly.

 

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

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.

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NEW – HABC Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations

Live events could be safer and more efficiently managed after the launch of a new front of stage pit barrier qualification for security staff.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations has been developed in partnership with Showsec – an award winning event and venue security specialist –and is aimed at personnel and organisations working within the live event sector.

The qualification, which can be linked to both stewarding and security, is classroom based and includes both theory and practical assessments. Content covered includes:

  • Understand the purpose of the front of stage pit barrier;
  • Being able to protect the health and safety of individuals within the barrier system;
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of colleagues; and
  • Being able to recognise audience activity and respond appropriately while working in the front of stage pit barrier.

Available to learners aged 18 and over and with no minimum entry requirements, it is aimed at those already working in the sector and who want to specialise in front of stage barrier support and security.
It can be used to progress to a more senior position within the live events industry or to advance to a Level 3 qualification, and can be completed in just one day.

James Rockley, Business Development Director at HABC, said, ‘Both public and private sector organisations are facing greater than ever scrutiny – from the media and from regulatory authorities – in the way they organise and manage live events. It is therefore vital that staff are fully trained and aware of how to respond appropriately and knowledgeably in any situation’.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350  or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ £15.00