How to become a door supervisor
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- a specialist training course
You can apply for a Professional Security Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship to get into this role.
This takes a minimum of one year to complete.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
To work as a door supervisor you will need a front line licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).
To apply for a front line licence you must have completed an SIA 'licence-linked' qualification. Currently this is the Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor in the Private Security Industry.
Before you take your licence-linked qualification you must also do an Emergency First Aid at Work or equivalent course.
Some training providers offer courses that combine the first aid and the level 2 door supervisor award. For others you may need evidence that you have completed the first aid course before you start your licence-linked training.
You can search for approved training providers that offer training leading to licence-linked qualifications.
- you'll need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence for agency and contractor jobs
Your SIA licence is valid for 3 years after which you will need to renew it.
You may need to do 'top-up' training before your licence is renewed. This depends on the date you did your original door supervisor course and what the course covered.
You can check if you will need to do top-up training.
If it has been longer than 3 years since you last held a door supervisor licence, you will also need to complete recognised first aid training before your licence can be renewed.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the International Professional Security Association for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.