How to become a licenced Door Supervisor

become-a licenced door supervisor

Are you thinking about becoming a Licenced Door Supervisor?

First things first, you must be aged 18 or over to start the course and be able to communicate effectively in English. This course is for new entrants to the security sector without a previous award/qualification. In addition, you must have achieved a Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification which must be valid for at least 12 months from the start date of the course. I will explain some of this in more detail below, so keep reading!

Emergency First Aid at Work

ALL Door Supervisors entering the industry or renewing their licence must hold a minimum of a Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. If you do not hold this, it can be obtained prior to starting your course. You can complete this on the first day of your Door Supervisor course.

How long is the Licenced Door Supervisor Course and what’s involved?

The course is currently 6 days long running from Monday to Saturday. Prior to your course start date, you need to complete some Self-study learning outcomes from module 1 which will be provided to you by us.

The current course covers 4 main modules. They are:

  1. Principles of Working in the Private Security Industry
  2. Principles of Working as Door Supervisor in the Private Security Industry
  3. Application of Conflict Management in the Private Security Industry
  4. Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry

Some of Module 1, Principles of Working in the Private Security Industry, is self-study, and it is expected that you spend 8 hours studying this and complete some quizzes before your course start date using the resources that we send you.

Module 2, Principles of Working as a Door Supervisor, is where you will get to understand the role of a Door Supervisor as far as law and legislation, evidence, searching, employee responsibilities and venue management.

Conflict Management, Module 3, covers conflict (obviously), and how we can recognise and deal with conflicts to keep us and others safe whilst working within this industry. You will understand how to assess and reduce risk in conflict situations using problem-solving techniques to de-escalate.

Lastly, Module 4, Physical Intervention Skills, teaches you the implications and risks involved in physical intervention as well as non-pain compliant standing, holding and escorting techniques. This section of the course covers disengagement techniques (how to get away from danger), stance, posture and movement and restraint techniques (how we take hold of someone to secure them).

What exams will you have to do?

There are currently 4 Multiple Choice exam papers; 1 for each of the main modules:

  • Module 1 Exam – 1 hour 50 Minutes, 72 Questions – must get 50 out of 72 to pass
  • Module 2 Exam – 1 hour 15 mins, 50 Questions – must get 35 out of 50 to pass
  • Module 3 Exam – 30 mins, 20 Questions – must get 14 out of 20 to pass
  • Module 4 Exam – 45 mins, 30 Questions – must get 24 out of 30 to pass

Once you have sat the exams, we will send them to the exam board to have them marked while we await the results. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry certificate!

What next?

Once you have passed your exams and obtained your certificate, you can then apply for your SIA licence via the following website:

How much does the SIA Door Supervisor Licence cost?

The current licence fee is £190 for your first licence and then £95 for any additional licence you wish to hold.

ID requirements

become a licenced door supervisor

You will need to provide SIA with 1 Group A document and 2 Group B documents:

What happens after you pay for your SIA Licence?

If the SIA are happy with your proofs of ID submitted and that your criminal record is clear of any major convictions, then your licence will be granted and sent in the post!  And that is all!

Can you work while you wait for your licence to arrive?

As long as your application is at the “Checks in Progress” phase and the company you wish to work for is an Approved Contractor with the SIA (ACS) then the company can issue what is called a Licence Dispensation Notice – an LDN, which will allow you to work while you wait for your licence to arrive (which can take up to 25 days).

Where can you work with an SIA Door Supervisor Licence?

With this licence at hand, the possibilities of where you can work are endless!

Here is a table of job opportunities for you with this SIA Licence:

Club PremisesReception Security
BarsMobile Patrol
PubsKey Holding
Events SecurityResidential Concierge
Corporate SecurityHotel Concierge
Retail SecurityCar Park Security
Construction SecurityCCTV monitoring with Security Guarding

What is the difference between Door Supervisor and Security Officer/Guard?

Security Guards and Door Supervisors are two sides of the same coin, both are closely related in purpose, but with differing amounts of authority and responsibility. Whilst a licensed Door Supervisor can act as a Security Officer/Guard, a Security Officer, even with the required license, cannot carry out the roles of a Door Supervisor. So overall, the Door Supervisor qualification allows you to take on Security Officer roles and more. In doing so, not only will you increase your employability by 110%, but you are also enhancing your prospects for more varied and higher-paying protection roles as shown in the table above.

Why Consider the CCTV Operator course?

In order to protect customers, staff and secure their premises, businesses and organisations tend to have 3 security measures in place, namely physical security, manned security and systems.

Examples of physical security include fences, doors, barriers etc. Manned security could be a private security officer or a door supervisor etc. Fire alarms, security alarms, CCTV etc are all examples of system security.

So, given that employers will have CCTV systems in place coupled with the fact that only licensed CCTV Operators can operate these systems, you will increase your chances of getting employed by 200% if you have the Door Supervisor and CCTV Operator Licences along with your First Aid qualification.

Lastly, why choose Bridge Training UK?

Bridge Training UK has been in the SIA Security Sector for over 10 years with a combined experience of more than 25 years providing training and employment support to the local community. We are customer focussed, professional, passionate and determined to help people achieve success in gaining useful employability skills along with their SIA Licences. We have a UK based office with expert staff on hand always to welcome you, answer your questions and take your phone calls.

We provide full support and guidance to all our learners and want nothing more than for them to enjoy their time with us and accomplish what they have set out to accomplish.

The security sector is one of the fastest-growing industries and the only thing standing between you and that fulfilling job as a Door Supervisor is the SIA Licence!

We hope to hear from you soon!

Become a licenced Door Supervisor