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Security Qualifications

Security qualifications imageThe Private Security Industry (PSI) Act of 2001 means that everyone wishing to work legally in certain roles in the private security sector has to have a licence. The licences are administered by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has developed a suite of three qualifications that are recognised by the SIA for licensing purposes. These are:

These awards became live on 1 January 2011 and expire on 31 December 2013.  They replace the following National Progression Awards:

Important information from the SIA

From the 1 November 2013 all training providers are required to deliver extra content. The details of this content are available in the Instructions to training providers on the delivery of SIA licence-linked qualifications (454 KB)

Handbooks

Structure of Awards

GA2J 46 Award in Door Supervision (Scotland) SCQF 6

This award consists of four mandatory units:

GA2K 46 Award in CCTV Operations (Public Space Surveillance) (Scotland) SCQF 6

This award consists of three mandatory units:

GA2H 46 Award in Security Guarding (Scotland) SCQF level 6

This award consists of three mandatory units:

Assessment

Knowledge and understanding will be tested by on-line, on-demand multiple choice question (MCQ) papers. The MCQ papers are generated from an item bank that has been developed by SQA. This method of assessment ensures that each candidate is presented with a unique examination paper and that assessments and re-assessments can be taken at any point throughout the year. In addition, results are available immediately on completion of the examinations.

SQA has joined with eCom Scotland Ltd, which is a leading provider of on-line learning and assessment, to provide the online, on-demand multiple choice question paper examinations. eCom Scotland Ltd has created a bespoke registration system that allows the training provider to book assessments at a time suitable for them.  In addition, the system has built in security measures allowing the direct transmission of the candidate’s digital image and signature, along with the results of the examination, to the SIA at the end of the test.

eCom online demonstration for the online examinations.

Practical skills will be tested in centres through observation of practical performance by a qualified assessor and externally verified by SQA.

Summary of Delivery and Assessment

Unit Title Credit Value SCQF Level Assessment SIA Guided Learning Hours SIA Minimum Contact Hours
FD39 04 Working in the Private Security Industry (96 KB) 1 SCQF credit point 6 Externally set multiple choice question paper for whole unit 10 5
FD3A 04 Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry (129 KB) 1 SCQF credit point 6 Externally set multiple choice question paper for whole unit 8 7.5
FD3C Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry (156 KB) 1 SCQF credit point 6 Externally set multiple choice question paper
And
Internal assessment of practical skills. External verification
10 7.5
FD3D 04 Working as a Door Supervisor (119 KB) 1 SCQF credit point 6 Externally set multiple choice question paper for whole unit 10 10
FD38 04 Working as a CCTV Operator (101 KB) 2 SCQF credit points 6 Externally set multiple choice question paper for whole unit 14 14
FD3F 04 Practical Operation of CCTV Equipment (183 KB) 1 SCQF credit point 6 Internal assessment of practical skills. External verification 8 8
FD3E 04 Working as a Security Officer (94 KB) 1 SCQF credit point 6 Externally set multiple choice question paper for whole unit 8 8

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