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Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire

Adult Learning Editor, IDP Connect

First published on April 25,2018 Amended on April 25,2018

With great career prospects, working in the security industry is perfect for anyone who likes being in a team and dealing with people. Door supervisors are employed to ensure those entering the venue are the old enough to be there and are safe to be inside.

Sounds like something you are interested in? You need to go on a course and get qualified before you can legally work in the UK, so have a read of this and search for your perfect course.


What are the main things I’ll learn?

On a door supervision course you will learn the practices to pass both the physical and written test, needed to get your SIA licence. The course will cover techniques in physical intervention and safety training, civil and criminal law, how to arrest someone, how to search a member of the public and what to do in an emergency. Communication skills and conflict management are also important parts of the training as you will need to be able to use these effectively as a door supervisor.


What equipment will I need?

Some more advanced courses will expect candidates to already have a valid door supervisors SIA licence, yet this is not always the case so it’s worth checking beforehand. On beginner courses, you will often need to be physically fit and arrive with a passport photo or proof of identification.


What will I get out of it?

The course will give you the skills you need to get qualified, which will hopefully lead to a job in the industry. A lot of courses will give you real life situations to help you learn how to make quick and fair judgements at work. 


Any good tips?

Read up on the laws surrounding door supervision and make sure you are fit enough to pass the practical element – if in doubt, get down to the gym! It’s also worth noting, if you are under 18 or have a criminal record you might not be eligible for the course, so check with the provider before booking.


Hardest thing to get the hang of?

Working as a door supervisor can be tough. It often involves working in the evening or at weekends, in all weathers and conditions. If you find it difficult to keep your cool this might be something to consider, as you will spend your working hours dealing with angry, unreasonable and often intoxicated members of the public.


The best bit?

Despite the dangerous aspects that undoubtedly come with this job, working as a team to keep members of the public safe can make it very rewarding. You may also be able to find work at high profile venues such as music concerts or sports stadiums.


What can I do to prepare?

To get qualified you will need to pass the practical and written elements of the test, so you might want to have a read up on some of the example questions online. Also, some courses will provide you with some materials to read before getting to the classroom, so swot up!


Something to say to impress your teacher?

‘Did you know that the private security industry is three times the size of the police force in the UK?’


Ready to learn? Check out these security courses on Floodlight right now!

Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire

Adult Learning Editor, IDP Connect

Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.

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