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BBC Uncovers ‘Sham Security Training Courses’

BBC Uncovers ‘Sham Security Training Courses’
03 October 2023

A BBC investigation has found that some companies offering Level 2 SIA door supervisor qualifications are running shortened courses that are against regulations.

Some courses also missed out vital first aid training, offered answers to multiple choice questions and asked participants to fill in timesheets suggesting six days of attendance after only completing 1.5 days.

Current affairs podcast File on 4 sent undercover reporters to twelve Level 2 SIA door supervisor course companies. Four companies offered reporters shorter courses than the mandatory six-day length, ranging from 1.5 to three days. 

A Level 2 SIA door supervisor qualification means you can apply for a front line SIA licence, which can be topped up with a three-day course every two years.


Mandatory First Aid Modules Missed 


One training provider visited by an undercover journalist took an additional £310 fee so the reporter could skip the first five days of the six-day course. Mandatory modules such as first aid, conflict management and door supervision were therefore missed. The journalist was told to fill out a timesheet for the full six days.

Another company didn’t offer a six-day training option at all, but a three-day course. During a final exam, the undercover journalist and other participants were given answer sheets and asked to vary their answers to not raise suspicion.

Picture: a photograph of people sitting on chairs whilst writing in notebooks. Image Credit: Unsplash

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 03 October 2023


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