Types of Licences
Non Agent Licences:
- Security Officer
- Security Monitoring Officer
- Security Bodyguard
- Crowd Controller
- Security Consultant
- Security Installer
You must hold the appropriate Agent licence if you intend to advertise or in any way hold out that you are willing to supply the services of the licence holders outlined in the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 (the Act).
Holders of Agent licences are not permitted to perform the duties of the non-agent licence types. They are only permitted to advertise the services of non-agent type licences and employ those licence holders. Additionally, Agents have particular obligations placed on them by the Act to maintain records and communicate information to the Commissioner of Police.
An agent licence CANNOT be transferred and is only valid for the business it was originally applied for on behalf of. If a business wishes to change the holder of an Agents licence a full new application must be submitted.
If you are self-employed or subcontracting you MUST hold your own agent's licence.
This licence authorises you to advertise and supply the services of Security Officers, Security Bodyguards, Security Consultants or Security Installers. It does not authorise you to work as a Security Officer, Security Bodyguard, Security Consultant or Security Installer.
This licence authorises you to advertise and supply the services of Crowd Controllers. It does not authorise you to work as a Crowd Controller.
This licence authorises you to advertise and supply the services of Investigators. It does not authorise you to work as an Investigator.
You must hold the appropriate licence to perform the services defined by the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act.
This licence authorises you to watch, guard and protect property. Holders of this type of licence are sometimes known as 'Security Guards.'
Security Officers may be approved to carry firearms or batons only in certain situations. Security Officers may not carry any other weapon at any time. Without a specific licence endorsement, no weapons are to be carried by a Security Officer while he/she is performing licensed activities.
This authorises you to watch and protect property whilst monitoring security alarms or closed circuit television as an employee of a licensed Security Agent. You are not authorised to engage in static or mobile patrols unless you also hold a Security Officer's licence.
No training is required to obtain this licence.
This licence authorises the person to escort another person as a guard or protector for remuneration. (Section 14A of the Act).
Holders of this type of licence are sometimes known as 'Bouncers' or 'Doormen'.
A Crowd Controller is not permitted to carry any weapon on their person while they are performing Crowd Control activities. This prevents a Crowd Controller from carrying, possessing or using batons or 'pepper sprays'.
This licence authorises you to investigate and advise on matters relating to the watching, guarding and protection of property as well as going from place to place seeking out persons who may be prepared to enter into contracts for the supply of security equipment or services.
Under Regulations 26, Security Consultants are divided into 4 classes:
- Class 1: Consult in safes, vaults and locks of a kind prescribed in Regulation 6.
- Class 2: Consult in security alarms, closed circuit television for security purposes, equipment and devices prescribed in Regulation 8.
- Class 3: Consult in security doors as prescribed in Regulation 7.
- Class 4: Consult in matters relating to watching, guarding or protecting of property.
This licence authorises you to install, maintain and repair security equipment controlled by the Act. This licence does not apply to installers of security equipment in vehicles, vessels or aircraft.
Under Regulations 27, Security Installers are divided into 4 classes:
- Class 1: Install, maintain and repair safes, vaults and locks of a kind prescribed in Regulation 6.
- Class 2: Install, maintain and repair security alarms, closed circuit television for security purposes, equipment and devices prescribed in Regulation 8.
- Class 3: Install, maintain and repair security doors as prescribed in Regulation 7.
- Class 4: Install locks of a kind referred to in Regulation 6.
This licence authorises you to investigate the conduct of individuals or corporations or the character of individuals, perform surveillance work or investigate missing persons. Holders of this licence are sometimes known as 'Private Investigators' or 'Private Eyes'.