Professional Development And Working In The UK Security Industry

Investing in your own professional development in these hard economic times can be incredibly rewarding. However, if you want to work in the security industry, some unscrupulous training providers are out for your money and their qualifications may not help you get the job you are after.

Are The Training Providers SIA Accredited?
The Security Industry Authority are responsible for regulating the UK private security industry. However, they do not provide courses themselves. You should ensure the training company you are considering studying with are SIA accredited, otherwise you may find your application for an SIA licence denied.

Ensuring the company you are thinking of training with is reputable is essential. Try to find a provider that is not only well regarded generally, but also in the areas of security you want to work in. There is a big difference in the content of CCTV monitoring courses and close protection courses for example, so some providers may have a good reputation but might still be unsuitable for the training you require.

The SIA maintain a search function for accredited training providers on their website, which can also be broken down by location, so finding the right place to train has never been easier. Once you have found a training provider make sure you search for reviews or ask others for their experiences. There are plenty of forums now and places to this online.

Balancing Cost And Added Value
The cost of the course is probably the deciding factor for most people, particularly those looking for a career change and may be without a steady income whilst they train. There are a range of providers advertising that they are offering courses at the most affordable rates. These rates don't always include the final cost however. Make sure you ask about exam and textbook costs, as if these are not included in their published rates you could be in for a nasty surprise later.

Once you have ensured the reputation of the provider don't forget to look for the added value different training companies can provide. A high pass rate and high employment rate are the things to look out for. Have other people given the company positive reviews and did they help them get a job afterwards through their contacts?

The saying that "it's not what you know, but who you know" is just as true in the security industry as any other. Getting a job after completing many close protection courses for example is much more competitive than a more general security role. If a company goes the extra mile for the people it trains and can help you get the job you are looking for then this can outweigh the benefits of a cheaper course and will probably be the one for you. Doing your homework on any company offering security training is the key to getting the qualifications you need so you can get ahead in the industry.

Shannen Doherty writes regularly on professional development within the UK security industry. Having formally worked in security, she has completed a range of training programmes from various providers, from emergency medicine to close protection courses and surveillance, so you can trust she knows what to look for in a course.