SIA Licence Questions FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

You can apply for an SIA licence online through the official SIA website. The application process typically involves completing an online form, providing necessary documentation, and paying the required fee.

Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific type of license. Generally, applicants need to be at least 18 years old, have the right to work in the UK, and have completed the relevant training for the type of license they are applying for.

Normally it takes 10 working days for the results to be issued, but sometimes it can take longer.

Processing times can vary, but the SIA aims to process most applications within 25 working days. However, in certain situations, it can take longer, but you can always get an update on your SIA portal.

Yes, you have three years after your licence expires to renew your licence, however, you must attend Top-Up Training and Emergency First Aid training before you can renew your SIA Licence.

No, if your SIA Licence expired over 3 years ago, you must do the whole course again to attain your SIA Licence.

Yes, if you currently have a door supervisor licence, you can do a 1-day security guard top-up training and renew your licence as a security guard licence holder.

No, if you have a security guard licence, you can only do the security guard top-up training to renew a security guard licence. If you want to attain the door supervisor licence, then you must do a 6-day door supervisor course.

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No, it is illegal to work within the private security industry without a valid SIA licence.

Yes, SIA licences have an expiry date, and individuals need to renew their licenses to continue working legally in the private security industry. The renewal process involves top-up training and emergency first aid courses.

No, it is illegal to work within the private security industry without a valid SIA licence.