Applying for an SIA Licence


After successfully passing the relevant SIA Training course you may apply for the SIA Licence, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied the training requirement – you will not be granted a licence unless you do so

It normally takes around six weeks for each application to be processed; this time starts from when a correctly completed application form is received (when SIA receives a correctly-completed application, they will write to the candidate in order to confirm).

It usually takes one to two working days for a correctly completed application to be checked and scanned on to the SIA’s system. Because of the high volume of applications being received this process can take approximately five working days. Complex applications (for example, applications subject to Criminal Records Bureau or qualification enquiries and those requiring overseas criminality checks) may take longer than six weeks to process.

A decision will then be reached on whether to issue a licence. They write explaining their decision and, if successfully granted, a licence will be issued to cover you for a period of three years.


Security is not just a word to us. It’s hat we do.

Warning: It is a legal requirement for anyone working in the United Kingdom security industry to have the necessary training and qualification, accredited by the Security Industry Authority. To practise in the industry without a valid SIA Licence is a criminal offence, which means you could be fined and even put in prison.

SIA takes allegations of training malpractice very seriously indeed and takes prompt action to suspend licences after receiving information from any awarding body. Training is an essential part of the licensing process, ensuring that all those working in the security industry are properly equipped to carry out their role. Any person found to have been complicit in malpractice will have their licence revoked.

SIA can withdraw or suspend your licence at any time if you fail to meet the licensing requirements.

When you send the SIA, your application form you will also need to send certain supporting documentation.

Click here to view SIA’s checklist for details on what is required. The cost of applying for SIA licence is £220.

Passed your exam and would like to apply for the SIA licence? You can request an application pack from the SIA by contacting them on 0844 892 1025, to request an application pack online click here Request SIA Application

If you have already made your application to the SIA and would like to check the status of your application click here Check Application status

Applicants with a criminal record, find out if you can apply for licence Criminal Record Indicator

Cancellation, Refund and Reschedule Policy:

If you need to cancel or amend a confirmed booking, cancellation/amendment charges may incur.

Rescheduling your course

If you are unable to attend on the scheduled course date reserved, you must notify us within 24 hours of booking. Once you do, we will reschedule the course date with you for a course date within the next 6 months, at the same location, subject to availability. There will be a fee of £99.99 for a new date.
A reschedule request must be sent to us by email 96 hours before the start of the course. We only allow a maximum of 1 reschedules per booking.
If you do not reschedule your course before it starts or fail to attend the course you have booked, regardless of reason you will be required to pay for a new booking if you wish to take the course in the future. And will not be entitled to any refunds

Insufficient ID brought to the course:

It is a requirement by the regulator to have ID on you at all times during your training. If you do not bring the required IDs to your course, you will need to be rescheduled onto another course and you will be charged a £99.99 rescheduling fee.
If you are going to be late to the course, you must contact us. If you are going to be unreasonably late to the course, you will have to be rescheduled onto another course. You will be charged a £99.99 rescheduling fee for this.

Cancelling your course:

Our courses are non-refundable 24 hours after booking. You can receive a full refund if you inform us within 24 hours of booking of your intention to cancel, and you will be refunded the amount paid for the course. Courses cancelled after 24 hours of booking will not be eligible for any refund.
If you have paid a deposit and fail to notify of non-attendance, you are not eligible for a reschedule or refund. Then you will not receive a reimbursement of your deposit and the remaining payment will be due.
In the event of non-attendance where payment has been received, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Any discounted / promotional course you booked will not entitled for any refund.
If you have to cancel your course due to a medical reason, we would require evidence i.e: Doctor’s letter. A handling and administration fee of £99.99 would be charged or deducted from your order amount when you require a refund due to a medical reason.

Course cancellation by us:

If we cancel a course, you are eligible for a full refund for the cancelled course. However, if we offer same the course on the same date on another venue which is reasonable distance, you will not be able to get any refund for the course but you may be eligible for a concession.
If we conduct an Initial assessment, and you are unable to pass it, you will be given a refund. However an administrative fee of £99.99 will be deducted from your course fee paid..

Re-sit exam for the Security related course only:

You must attend the resit session you book. If you fail to attend the session on time, you will lose any resit fees paid.
If a customer cannot attend a booked resit then they need to inform us at least 96 hours before the resit – resit cancellation fee is £50.00 but you must resist the exam within 12 weeks.