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IQ Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF level 6

 

Qualification Number R419 04
Title IQ Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF level 6
Category National
Sector Security | Scottish
Operational Start Date 01/02/2015
Operational End Date 31/12/2019
Total Units 3 Min Credit
Min Guided Learning Hours 28 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £30.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

Confirm the ability to meet a 'licence to practice' or other legal requirements made by the relevant sector, professional or industry body

About this Qualification

The IQ Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) is a qualification for individuals who work or would like to work as a Security Guard in Scotland. It is based on the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications in Security Guarding and successful completion of the qualification enables learners to apply for an SIA licence in Security Guarding. 

Learners can progress to the following qualifications: IQ Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland); IQ level 2 Award for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry, IQ Level 2 Certificate in Providing Security Services (QCF), IQ Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training within the Private Security Industry (QCF), IQ Level 2 Certificate In Principles of Providing Security Services or IQ Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training and IQ Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (QCF). 

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Structure

Learners must complete all three mandatory units in order to achieve this qualification.

IQ Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF level 6

Assessment

Centres must adhere to the conditions for delivery and assessment as listed in the SIA’s “Introduction to Learning Leading Towards Licence-linked Qualifications. Requirements for Awarding Organisations/Bodies and Training Providers” and the IQ Centre Guide for Security Qualifications.

Assessment for all 3 units is by externally set and marked multiple choice exams (one for each unit), which must be carried out under exam conditions; the tutor may not invigilate; a full SIA Identification check must be completed. Please see the IQ website for details of examination requirements. The list of SIA acceptable forms of identification is included at the end of this specification.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass

Learner Entry Requirements

Security operatives are likely in the course of their work to be required to make calls to the emergency services, or need to communicate to resolve conflict.  It is essential that security operatives are able to communicate clearly.

It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that each learner is sufficiently competent in the use of the English and/or Welsh language. All assessment must be conducted in the medium of English and/or Welsh as appropriate.  Centres must ensure that learners have sufficient language skills before putting the learners forward for assessment and retain evidence of this for Quality assurance purposes.

 As a guide, learners should as a minimum have language skills equivalent to the following:

  • a B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications
  • an ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • an ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English
  • SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1

 

Additional guidance for this requirement is available here to download from the qualification page of the website, this includes a sample English Assessment that centres may use to meet this requirement

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have:

1)       Teaching qualification achieved the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) or a teaching or training qualification at SVQ level 3 (or equivalent), which has been accredited by SQA/QCA/Ofqual or validated by a HEI, or equivalent such as:

  • PTLLS, CTLLS or DTLLS
  • Certificate in Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • SVQ levels 3 and 4 in Learning and Development
  • Scottish Training Qualification for Further Education (TQFE)
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

 

2)       Conflict management: all trainers delivering scenario-based conflict management training for licence-linked qualifications to have received relevant training. Trainers are required to hold a qualification at or above NQF/QCF Level 3 in The Delivery of Conflict Management Training.

3)    Sector competency: Trainers delivering the learning leading to licence-linked qualifications must demonstrate that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and understanding of the sector in which they are providing training.

Awarding organisations will require sufficient information about a trainer’s occupational experience for consideration in the approval process, for example, experience of working in the private security industry or working in a role that can be mapped to the requirements of the private security industry.

To ensure that trainers have the right occupational expertise, the SIA and awarding organisations require trainers new to the sector to have three years frontline operational experience in the last ten in the UK, relevant to the qualifications that they are delivering. 

Existing trainers must demonstrate to the awarding organisations that they are taking sufficient steps to keep their occupational expertise up to date.  Suitable steps would include attendance at relevant conferences and seminars, and continuing work experience in the sector.  Trainers must be able to demonstrate evidence of a suitable level of professional development in the sector, which should include the equivalent of at least thirty hours every year spent in a combination of training, increasing professional knowledge through other means or working in the industry

Centre Requirements

Centres must adhere to the conditions for delivery and assessment as listed in the SIA’s “Introduction to Learning Leading Towards Licence-linked Qualifications. Requirements for Awarding Organisations/Bodies and Training Providers” and the IQ Centre Guide for Security Qualifications. 

 

 

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