Highfield Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (RQF).

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You cannot get your SIA licence without first attending this training course and gaining the CCTV qualification. Once you have your licence you can start earning and have an exciting career in the security industry earning rates of between £8-10 per hr, and salaries of £19K+ year.


Courses are delivered over three days. Plus, for those who do not hold the Unit 1 ‘Working in the Private Security Industry’ already, learners will be required to complete distance learning for Unit 1 before attending this training through home study.

How is the qualification assessed?

It is divided into 3-units and is assessed through two multiple-choice examinations and a practical test. These units are as follows:

  • Unit 1: Working within the Private Security Industry Assessed by a 1-hour, 40-question, multiple-choice examination. Learners must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit.
  • Unit 2: Working as a CCTV Operator within the Private Security Industry Assessed by a 1-hour, 40-question, multiple-choice examination. Learners must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit.
  • Unit 3: Practical use of a CCTV System Assessed by an externally set and internally assessed practical assessment. Learners must achieve a 100% pass mark.

Please note:  SIA qualifications are changing on the 1st April 2021 and slight changes to the units and assessment requirements as above will occur after that date.

Entry Requirements

All learners are required to demonstrate a good grasp of the English language, as assessments are only available in this language. This may involve completing a short assessment prior to enrolment. This qualification is aimed at learners aged over 18, due to age restrictions on applying for a licence.

Photo and ID Requirements

You will need to bring ID with you to be able to sit the exams. If you have a current Passport and a UK photo driving licence these will be ideal. Alternatively you can bring your birth certificate if you do not have a passport or driving licence – along with two other forms of ID showing your current address such as a recent utility bill, P45/P60, Council Tax statement (less than 12 months old) or bank statement (less than 3 months old). Please refer to the ID requirements sheet which you will be sent with your joining instructions to make sure you will have the correct and sufficient amount of ID to be able to do the course and sit the exams.

Joining Instructions

On receipt of your completed enrolment form and course fee, you will receive detailed and informative instructions. This will include information on the distance learning unit you will need to complete prior to attendance.


In the unfortunate event you have to cancel your course a cancellation fee may apply. Cancellation fees are as follows; Cancellation within 21 days of the start date: 50% of course fee applies. Cancellation within 7 days of course start date or non-attendance: full course fee applies. Deposits are non-refundable.


Individuals achieving this qualification will be able to progress to the Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Providing Security Services (RQF), which provides the competency component of the apprenticeships in providing security services. It can also lead to further learning in other areas such as the Highfield Level 2 Award for working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry and the Highfield Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry.

Tim CCTV certificate

IBAUK’s Tim Stacey presents Noel Woolrych with his award for security in public places by the new CCTV camera.
Photo: Wiltshire Gazette & Herald.


Getting your SIA licence for CCTV (Public Space Surveillance)

Watch this video for help on how to complete your online SIA licence application.  Go to http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-applying.aspx to register and start your application today.



£252 plus VAT

By BACS using online banking, or by cash or debit/credit card. The full course fee will be due on enrolment. We can invoice your company if they are paying. In certain circumstances we may accept a deposit to secure a space on a course. Please ask us for payment options. If you do more than one course with us, please ask us about a discount for loyal customers.

Did you know?

Effective CCTV schemes are an invaluable source of crime detection and evidence for the police. For example, in 2009, 95 per cent of Scotland Yard murder cases used CCTV footage as evidence. -Simon Adcock, British Security Industry Association

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