Choosing the right provider for SIA license course


  • Author Sheilan Jones
  • Published September 17, 2011
  • Word count 434

There are various companies and providers offering training courses for SIA door supervisor, CCTV operator, vehicle immobiliser and security officer license in shockingly cheap prices but how do you make sure you choose the right provider? Well there are three very simple but absolutely vital points to consider before you go ahead and book your SIA license training course with any provider.

1)- Accredited Qualification

SIA has endorsed a number of awarding bodies that offer SIA licence linked qualifications. To ensure that you receive the accurate qualification you must enquire about the centre status of the organization you are looking to book your training course with, you must enquire if BIIAB, City & Guilds, Edexcel, EDI, NOCN, HABC or SQA has approved the provider.

Please bear in mind, without the approved qualification you cannot apply for the SIA licence, even if you do your application will be rejected. A list of SIA endorsed awarding bodies is available on SIA's website.

2)- How the training is going to be delivered?

Although, most of the providers abide by the regulations stipulated by the SIA, however, there are quite a few that are substandard and the fact becomes apparent when they deliver SIA training courses in less than the guided learning hours or just simply ask candidates to arrive on the exam day and leave the rest to them. This defectiveness has raised suspicions and the awarding bodies have taken strict actions against a few.

Now, always remember that any provider involved in training malpractice will eventually be struck off and you as a candidate will end up having your licence suspended, that ultimately means more expense and more hassle. To find out more about guided learning hours for each SIA licence linked qualification please visit SIA's website.

3)- Company credentials

Always check the credentials of the company, even online there are many bogus websites that have absolutely no backing of a real business behind them, beware of those websites as there is a highly probability that you will end up losing your money. If possible go to the premises and meet with a representative yourself and ensure that it is not a scam, however, if that's not convenient then ask for the company registration number and verify with the awarding body they are claiming to be approved by and also check companies house website, by doing so you will know the status of the company (if it exists).

By following these three easy steps, you will not only have peace of mind but also you will have increased your chances by getting trained by a top professional.

Sheilan Jones is the auther of this aricle on SIA Training. Click on the link for more information about SIA License Training

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