About us

Skills for Security is the UK’s largest provider of security skills, training and services.

Skills for Security offers information, advice and guidance on :

  • Security Courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • National Occupational Standards
  • Security qualifications
  • SIA licensing
  • Accreditation
  • Careers
  • The security industry

Working with employers, our aim is to improve skills and standards of professionalism in the security industry by providing access to quality training courses and qualifications.

As the sector skills body for the private security sector, Skills for Security offers information, advice and guidance to employers, employees and trainers.

Skills for Security is governed by a non-executive Board whose role is to guide, advise and monitor the work of the executive directors.

How we help


Skills for Security are able to offer employers in the security arena assistance with finding suitable security training courses, some of which are eligible for funding, information about security qualifications (including apprenticeships), National Occupational Standards, help with conducting skills needs analysis, structuring job specifications, designing training programmes and general information advice and guidance around skills issues.


The security industry offers a wealth of interesting, worthwhile career opportunities. Skills for Security can help you find the right security training courses to enhance your skills development and can advise you on appropriate and available security qualifications, including those linked to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensing regulations.


Skills for Security will offer assistance with professional development through a range of security courses designed to help you offer a wider range of training opportunities to your customers.

Skills for Security accreditation scheme allows training providers to market their courses as “Skills for Security” Approved, provided that they meet our quality standards.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get my course accredited?

Skills for Security accreditation endorses quality training. To apply for accreditation, download and complete the Skills for Security’s accreditation application form and submit for approval. 

What are National Occupational Standards

National Occupational standards describe the knowledge and skills required to perform work to the nationally agreed standard for each specialism across the spectrum of different occupations.

How do I renew my licence?

candidates wishing to renew their licence need to apply for licence renewal before their current licence expiries. The on-line application is available at http://sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/home.aspx

How do I get my SIA licence?

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the regulatory body for the private security sector in the UK. It draws its powers from the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The Act introduced the mandatory licensing of many people working in security occupations, including contracted Security Officers and CCTV Operators and all Door Supervisors. One of the conditions of applying for an SIA licence is the completion of security training and the achievement of a recognised security qualification. Skills for Security’s Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and provides the learner with the necessary knowledge and understanding to apply for an SIA licence and work as a security guard within the private security industry.