SIA Door Supervisor

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Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry


  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Assessment: Exam is Multiple choice questions and practical
  • Minimum Age required: 18 and above


This Qualification is mandatory requirement if anyone wants to work in Security Industry. A Door Supervisor licence is required by anyone undertaking guarding activities on licensed premises. This qualification is approved by SIA and once you pass this course you can apply for SIA Door Supervisor License. This Door Supervisor Course is 6 days training and it has 4 multiple choice exam and  practical.

To achieve the qualification, the learner must achieve all of the following four units:



  1. Principles Of Working In The Private Security Industry
  2. Principles Of Working As A Door Supervisor In The Private Security Industry
  3. Application Of Conflict Management In The Private Security Industry
  4. Application Of Physical Intervention Skills In The Private Security Industry



The following table summarises the assessment methodology for each unit.


Unit Name




Working within the Private Security Industry

Multiple choice examinations.

72 questions.

110 minutes


Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry

Multiple choice examinations.

50 questions.

75 minutes


Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

Multiple choice examinations.

20 questions.

30 minutes


Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry

Multiple choice examinations.

30 questions.

Knowledge: Externally set, internally marked multiple choice examinations. questions. Skills: Observation of practical demonstration.


45 minutes




Door Supervisor Course Core Units 


Unit 1: Working within the Private Security Industry

  1. Know the main characteristics of the private security industry
  2. Legislation as it applies to the individual in carrying out a licensable activity
  3. The importance of safe working practices to comply with legal requirements
  4. Fire procedures in the workplace
  5. Emergencies and the importance of emergency procedures
  6. The importance of communication skills and customer care


Unit 2: Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry

  1. The role and objectives of a door supervisor.
  2. Civil and criminal law relevant to a door supervisor
  3. Searching relevant to a door supervisor
  4. Powers of arrest relevant to a door  supervisor
  5. Drug misuse issues and procedures relevant to the role of a door supervisor
  6. Incident recording and crime scene preservation relevant to the role of a door supervisor
  7. The licensing law and social responsibility relevant to the role of a door supervisor.
  8. Emergency procedures should be followed by a door supervisor.
  9. How a door supervisor can help to keep vulnerable people safe.
  10. Queue management and venue capacity responsibilities relevant to a door supervisor


Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

  1. The principles of conflict management  appropriate to their role and reduce risk in conflict situations
  2. How to communicate in emotive situations to de-escalate conflict
  3. How to develop and use problem-solving strategies for resolving conflict
  4. Good practice to follow after conflict situations


Unit 4: Physical Intervention Skills within the Private Security Industry

1.Understand physical interventions and the implications of their use;

2.Understand how to reduce the risk of harm when physical intervention skills are used

3.Be able to use non-aggressive physical skills to protect yourself and others;

4.Be able to use non-pain related standing, holding and escorting techniques, including non-restrictive and restrictive skills;

5.Understand good practice to follow after physical interventions.

More information for Door Supervisor Course

The role of the door supervisor

Door supervisors are security operatives working at licensed premises, for example, bars, night clubs, hotels, restaurants and large events. The main role of a door supervisor is to make sure customers have an enjoyable experience in a safe environment.

Attending training and passing the national qualification provides the minimum knowledge and understanding to start working as a door supervisor. They must be licensed by the regulatory body for the UK security industry- the SIA Security industry authority.

 Door supervisor responsibilities

  • Controlling entry
  • Maintaining order
  • Helping customers
  • Ensuring health and safety
  • First aid
  • Evacuation

When will I receive my training certificate?

Once you have done your training and successfully passed the door supervisor course. Depending on the awarding organization you should get your certificate within ten working days.

Can a door supervisor work as a security guard?

Yes, a door supervisor can work as a normal security guard on the contrary a normal security guard cannot work as a door supervisor, as door supervisors need to work in licensed premises. In order for him to work in licensed premises, he needs to undergo the required training.

Door supervisor course or security guard course?

In our opinion, the door supervisor qualification is better and is good value for money that you spend. A door supervisor can do all the work that a normal security guard can do, but in addition to that, he can also work in licensed premises, which include where alcohol is dealt with. Thus if you intend to join the security industry then we recommend that you do the SIA door supervisor course rather than the security guard course.

Important: If you do the door supervisor course you don’t need to do the security guard course. The SIA door supervisor license covers both door supervisor and security guards, thus no one opts for the security guard license.

How long it takes to get SIA license?

After you have completed the training for the door supervisor course and you receive your certificate. You need to complete the SIA application form available from SIA website. Usually, it would take anything between 3 to 4 week once you get your SIA license.

What documents do I need to do the door supervisor course?

In order to do any SIA linked qualification, you would be required to show certain documents these documents have been divided into group A and group B documents. If you have two documents from group A you do not need any other document. If you have one document from group A, you would be required to have an additional two documents from group B. To have a look at the acceptable form of IDs to do the door supervision qualification follow the link documents required for door supervisor training


Learner Entry Requirements for Door Supervisor Course

Security officers are required to coordinate with emergency services. Door supervisors need to have good communication and conflict management skills. Qualified security operatives would be required to prevent and if required to manage conflict. To communicate clearly and effectively security officers require good communication skills. Learners intending to join the door supervisor course should have a reasonable understanding of English.

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