Sector Body

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

Our work includes the development of industry standards, work-based qualifications and apprenticeships alongside careers information and guidance.

National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a free resource for employers and training providers. They describe the knowledge and skills required to perform work to the nationally agreed standard for each specialism across the spectrum of different occupations within the security sector. The standards are determined by experts in their field; and now is your opportunity to contribute to setting those standards.

Once finalised NOS are used to design qualifications, and are an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to design a training programme, assess the skills of their workforce, write job descriptions or undertake staff appraisals.

The better expressed and more accurate the National Occupational Standards are the more useful they are to our industry.

Sector Consultation

Are you an employer wanting to have your say on skills issues affecting your sector?


Access our Employer Sector Consultation Portal

Industry Qualifications

New qualifications

Skills for Security are happy to discuss potential new areas of qualification development, whether you are an Awarding Body already working with us, or are looking to enter the sector.

If you are interested in developing a qualification that is either new to yourselves or new to the sector, please view/download CPD Scheme User Guide where you will also find the early dialogue form in the annex to ‘start the ball rolling’.

Security qualifications

There is a wide range of security qualifications available.

For further information about any particular security qualification please contact the relevant Awarding Body (BIIAB, Bucks New University, City & Guilds, Edexcel, EDI, HABC, IQ, NOCN, NCFE , SQA and Trident) or contact our Customer Services team via


Indian NOS Project 2016

Skills for Security reviewed Indian and UK NOS and provided a gap analysis on security job roles which will allow for the development of an international standard.

Equality & Diversity Project 2015

Skills for Security engaged with schools across the UK and aimed to encourage females to consider security as a career choice.


Trailblazer Project 2016

All new apprenticeships are to be developed against employer standards & Skills for Security set about reviewing security apprenticeships

If you would like more information on the project or the material mentioned please contact Skills for Security at or on 01905 744000