HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (QCF)
Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, it is a minimum requirement for any individual wishing to work within the private security industry to undertake a recognised qualification before they can apply for a licence.
This regulated qualification has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Its curriculum is based on all relevant SIA Specifications for Learning and Qualifications, and is designed to provide the candidate with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to apply for an SIA licence and work as a security guard within the private security industry.
Candidates must be aged 16 or over. An individual cannot apply for an SIA licence until they are 18 years of age.
The qualification is made up of three mandatory units, which all candidates will have to take.
The mandatory units are:
- Unit 1 – Working within the Private Security Industry
- Unit 2 – Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry
- Unit 3 – Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry
To pass the qualification the minimum contact hours are 18.5 hours of the required 28 guided learning hours.
For full details of delivery requirements please refer to the specification.
Qualification Route Progression
The HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (QCF) enables the learner to apply for the NVQ in Providing Security Services. In addition, the learner can elect to undertake further learning in other areas of the private security industry, such as CCTV operations or door supervision.
The qualification has been accredited by the regulators of England and Wales (Ofqual and the Welsh Government) and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The qualification is also supported by both the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and Skills for Security (SfS).