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Door Supervisor

SIA Door Supervisor

Door Supervisor SiaCommonly referred to as bouncers.

They oversee the security and safety of customers or staff. Their main areas of work include night clubs, bars, pubs or other licensed places. The common tasks that door supervisors undertake is checking the suitability of anyone joining a particular venue. The routine check is if one is in possession of dangerous or unwanted weapons, drugs and objects.






Other duties assigned to them are:

  • Patrol of a venue
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Monitor and inspect cusotmers as they enter a venue
  • Where need arise, they escort people as they leave a venue.
  • Queue management
  • Provide first aid

Working hours

The time at which a venue starts and ends dictates the working time. Door supervisors often work in the evening or at night.

Expected Salary

Their salary depends on the hours the job is done. It ranges from £7 to £15 per hour. Some earn higher than that depending on their duties and experience.

What is required to get a door supervisor licence?

To work as a door supervisor in England and Wales, you need an SIA licence. Before you can apply for a licence, you must be aged 18 or over and have a Level 2 National Certificate in Door Supervision (you do not need any academic qualifications to get on to this course).

The Level 2 Door Supervision course takes 30 hours, and can be studied on a part-time basis over a few evenings or weekends, or as an intensive four-day full-time course. During the course you will cover two main sections:

front line licence is required if undertaking licensable activity, other than key holding activities (this also covers undertaking non-front line activity). A front line licence is in the form of a credit card-sized plastic card that must be worn, subject to the licence conditions.To get it, a Level 2 National Certificate in Door supervision is a must have. One must be 18 years of age or above
A non-front line licence is required for those who manage, supervise and/or employ individuals who engage in licensable activity, as long as front line activity is not carried out - this includes directors* or partners. A non-front line licence is issued in the form of a letter that also covers key holding activities.The Level 2 Door Supervision can be studied as part-time course.  It takes 30 hours to complete or four days full time studies.

The SIA website contains awarding bodies and the approved qualifications. Application for the licence can also be made online. What could go wrong when filling the application

Changes to licensing door supervisors (June 2010) - New module "Physical Intervention was introduced in 2010". Front Line licence requires this type of training and, at present time, it is part of any Door Supervisor course. For people who have had their licence issued before June 2010, an upskilling one day course should be completed in order to be able to renew their licence and work in the future.

In accordance with SIA website, one must have successfully completed a door supervision qualification within a period of three years, in order to apply for the licence. More information on door supervision course can be accessed on the SIA website here


Training and development

The SIA license is renewed every three years. No additional training or qualifications are needed to renew it. Other courses that can enhance ones performance are physical intervention and first aid.

What are the desirable qualities for door supervisors?

  • Be quick in decision making.
  • Basic knowledge on health, safety regulations and licensing laws.
  • Be physically fit.
  • Should communicate well and effectively.


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