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IQ Award for Upskilling Door Supervisors (Scotland)

Qualification Number R235 04
Title IQ Award for Upskilling Door Supervisors (Scotland)
Category National
Sector Security
Operational Start Date 09/12/2012
Operational End Date 31/03/2014
Total Units 2 Min Credit
Min Guided Learning Hours 12 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 18 Min Age To 100

About this Qualification

The IQ Award For Upskilling Door Supervisors (Scotland) is a qualification developed to meet the mandatory SIA CPD/top up requirement for Door Supervisors who undertook their training prior to 31 August 2010 (Certification end date 30 November 2010). This qualification meets the SIA requirements for the mandatory top up; relevant learners who have completed this qualification will be eligible to apply to renew their SIA Door Supervisors licence. The qualification consists of two units: Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry in Scotland which covers both knowledge and practical skills and Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors in Scotland which is a knowledge unit covering counter terrorism issues, first aid situations and requirements regarding children and young people.

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.


The qualification has 2 mandatory units which learners have to successfully achieve to gain certification.

IndexGroupUnit Ref.Unit TitleCreditGuided
1Mandatory UnitsUA15 04Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry in Scotland110
1Mandatory UnitsUA82 04Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors in Scotland02


Knowledge: Assessments for unit 1 and the knowledge element of unit 2 is by multiple choice exam. Assessment must be carried out under exam conditions and a full SIA Identification check must be completed. Please see the IQ Centre Guidance for Security Qualifications available from the IQ website for details of examination requirements and how to book an assessment. The List of SIA acceptable forms of identification is included at the end of this specification.

Centres are able to assess both MCQ exams as one “event”. This means that only one ID check is required and one set of assessment documentation. Learners will have 2 question papers and 2 answer sheets, one for each unit.

Demonstration of practical skills: This element is internally assessed by the centre and quality assured by IQ. Please see the guidance on delivery and assessment at the end of the unit. A learner observation assessment record is available at the end of this document. Please see the IQ Centre Guidance for Security Qualifications for full conditions of delivering and assessing this unit.




Number of questions

Time allowed

Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors

Multiple choice question paper


20 minutes

Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry in Scotland


Multiple choice question paper


30 minutes


Internally marked demonstration of skills, quality assured by IQ




Learner Entry Requirements

This qualification is a regulatory requirement for relevant Door Supervisors therefore learners must have a Door Supervisors SIA licence. It is the centres responsibility to check this and ensure that relevant records are available for audit purposes.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have

  • Appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS
  • NQF or QCF Level 3 qualification in the delivery of conflict management training
  • Three years frontline operational experience in the last ten, relevant to the area that they are training
  • Continuous Professional development
  • Valid certificate from an approved training programme (as listed on SIA website) in the Delivery of Physical Intervention
  • Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry

Centre Requirements

Centre requirements include insurance requirements, licence agreement with approved training programme provider listed on SIA website, facilities requirements etc.  For full details please see “IQ Centre Guide for Security Qualifications/ Centre Requirements for delivering SIA licensed linked qualifications” available from website.



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