Is there an international value to the SIA Close Protection badge?
Or is its only purpose to show that a UK operator is meeting UK regulations?
If a TP were advertising the level 3 CP course to none UK or none EU nationals, would this represent a back door to the UK Security Industry?
I have an SIA CP badge but never work in the UK. The way I see it is a lot of company's ask for this in HE and it shows you have done some sort of course and have had a background check. As far as the standard goes SIA is as minimal as you can get but you have done something. A lot of company's that do HE ask for this so it may assist anyone that is not a Brit.
Holding an SIA CP licence just shows the international person has met a very minumal but recognised standard, although it's probably still a higher standard than in many other countries around the world. To get it they'd need to complete a satisfactory background check, and I doubt that's going to be very easy for a non UK/EU resident and it certainly doesn't grant them any right to work in the UK.
Thanks for the replies guys, very informative as ever
There were a few over seas blokes on the CP course I attended and all of them said they were not interested in the SIA badge as it meant nothing outside the UK and they never intend to work in the UK in the future. According to them the TP's based over here are superior to the ones run on the continent (hence the amount of foreigners attending).
"If a TP were advertising the level 3 CP course to none UK or none EU nationals, would this represent a back door to the UK Security Industry?"
How exactly would this constitute a "backdoor" to the industry? Do you mean a back-door as in being able to work in a licensed, insured and legal manner without having to do the steps that others are required to do ?
I would say the question has been well answered.
But the term back door is used to describe an illicit, unofficial or otherwise uncontrolled means. I hope that clarifies my initial wording?
Last edited by Customloads; 03-12-2012 at 01:46.