What is the SIA?
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organization responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom (UK). The SIA is an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Anybody who wishes to work in the security field in the US, or for a UK-based company, must meet the requirements for a SIA License.

Who is the Professional Bodyguard Association (PBA)?
The PBA was originally formed in 1985 and became an accredited centre with Pearson Education in January of 2006. The PBA is the ONLY legitimately registered UK nonprofit organization seeking to further this profession, those who engage in it, and the public interest. The PBA is accredited to deliver all its training courses internationally. Because of our standing with Pearson Education, we are also allowed to offer “Recognition of Prior Learning” (RPL) training to those with prior training and experience. The qualifications offered by the PBA fulfill the training requirements for the highly valued UK SIA license.

What Training is Required to Obtain a SIA License?
When you apply for a Close Protection License you must show that you have had the training required of a licensed operative. This means that you must hold the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry. The PBA is accredited by Pearson Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), one of the largest and most respected educational accrediting organizations in the world. The PBA is the ONLY Pearson accredited training provider licensed to provide the Level 3 Certificate in the United States.

What is RPL training?
“RPL” stands for “Recognition of Prior Learning”. It means that PBA has the approval of our accrediting organization, Pearson Education, to recognize the legitimate training and experience of those in the industry seeking further training, qualifications, and licensure. In other words, those who have previous legitimate training and experience may not have to complete the entire PBA training course, but only those sections lacking in their previous training and experience. This means less time and less cost for the student.

*Note, however, that as the PBA training course is an academic course backed by Pearson Education, even RPL students will need to complete all required written and practical testing, including a completed practical exam and final workbook.

What do I have to do in order to qualify for RPL training?
The PBA has already cross mapped the training materials from the Executive Protection Institute to our own requirements, and if you have attended their training, you simply need to send proof of attendance in their course in order to qualify for RPL training. If your training provider has not been cross mapped to PBA requirements, you will need to apply for RPL training, submit your resume, training certificates, and all information on the curriculum of the courses you have attended to the PBA for review.

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