|Posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:50 AM|
For a Rewarding Career in the Private Security Industry, Take a SIA Course
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is mandated by law to regulate the private security industry, and it is their job to promote professionalism within their ranks. In order to make effect this, a SIA licensing requirement was promulgated to ensure that individuals under their jurisdiction possess the necessary qualifications to perform their designated tasks, and to police them as well. Oftentimes, SIA courses have to be taken and the corresponding examination passed for one to be able to apply for a license.
If you are looking forward to a successful career in the field of private security in UK, a SIA license is very important since it is now becoming a standard requirement of employers. In fact, it will be difficult to get a private security related job without this. To this end, taking the appropriate SIA course (or courses) and being assessed favourably is a must.
The basic requirements in enrolling for any SIA course are as follows:
You have to be 18 years old (and proof of your age is required).
You will have to pass a criminal history evaluation.
In some cases, you may be asked for a testament pertaining to your mental well-being.
Given these easily attainable prerequisites almost anybody can take SIA courses, and upon completing and passing them, apply for the appropriate license. This will then open employment avenues in the private security industry.
Note that the Authority itself does not provide these courses, but they have designated training providers to administer them. Usually, the trainers also give career orientation so that the individual will have a better appreciation of the career he/she is faced with. Some even go to the extent of referring their passers (and eventual license holders) to recruiters. This facilitates employment, which is of course beneficial to the individual.
Upon successfully completing a SIA course, getting a license is not difficult. More often than not, assistance in the form of a step by step guide on becoming SIA licensed is given by the training provider. It is for the advantage of the individual that he/she applies for a license immediately after course completion so as to be able to gain employment in the industry as soon as possible.
When choosing a training provider for a SIA course, one should consider the credentials of the trainers. Ideally, they are supposed to be professionals with extensive experience in the industry. Other factors like license passing rate, provision for e-learning and other forms of assistance should likewise be taken into consideration.
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