I came across get licensed by simply typing in ‘get an SIA card’ and I’m so pleased I did. The venue was pot on, just outside of Nottingham city centre and easy for the Vic centre bus station.
I’m going to get this out of the way, refreshments are not always supplied! Do not let this minuscule detail get in the way of what is otherwise the perfect course for new entrant to the job. Get in good with the instructor and bring a jar of Nescaff with you on the 1st day and just get the hotel to keep bringing you hot water, actually after 24 hours of study in 2 days its quite funny :-)
Also, you will have to share the room with people from all sorts of backgrounds and this will include a few who might not speak English as well as you. If this is a real problem for you might I recommend ‘www.get-me-a-job-in-a-lighthouse.co.uk/im-no-racist-but&#...; ? They have a right to be there and if you cannot handle it then your not going to like security work. I only mention this because a number of reviewers seem to think they have more rights than others and that only people who speak the queens as a first language should sit these test. Remember, he can learn English, they’ll always be small minded bigots.
The structure is intense but no more than the job your training for. The instructors move at a pace but this is only a level 2 course so if you have studied for an NVQ in the past its like that only done in 30 hours instead of 30 weeks. My one piece of advice if your considering booking the SG course is to pay the additional £40 either before or on the day and upgrade to the DS course. You learn more and will get more job offers. I haven’t even had my result yet and already I have a job lined up 40 feet from my house.
The exams are not designed to trick you. Multiple choice exams are not there to filter out the 80% of people who deserve to pass they are there to get rid of the 20% that don’t. Give your instructor some breathing space when he or she is marking you PI paper as each of the questions is different on every paper! They will usually start marking these from the front so if your in a rush to get off Sunday night you know where to sit.
If your travelling from a distance of over 30 miles I strongly recommend stopping in the hotel or near by. The days are long and the last thing you need is a 1 hour drive either way. It may seem a waste of money but it will help you come exam day. Also the trainers stop at the venue so you may end up going for a beer or two after the training, I didn’t go as I was travelling from Derby each day but I’m told they tell some wicked war stories!
Would I use GL again? Yes, in fact I’m a few weeks off booking advanced PI and CCTV. They are a one stop shop for all SIA related training and support. Everything about them just seems polished compared to the other sites I visited before booking. Customer service struggle under the weight of inbound calls but only because instead of having 12 people waiting for your call they knock fifty quid off the cost of the course instead. If your like me, on JSA desperate for a job I’ll wait a few minutes longer to get through and keep my money.
I’ll also say something that I doubt any other reviewer will, and as mentioned I have yet to receive my result. If I fail this course it is no fault of GL or my trainer, it will be because I failed to understand something and didn’t put my hand up. Basically if I fail GL deserve another £40 off me (cost of a resit)
My 3 pieces of advice for anyone thinking about staring towards this career
1) Use GL for your training
2) Pay attention!
3) IF you fail don’t get disheartened and take it out on GL by writing some horrible review based solely on your mark. That’s worse than blaming your tools, it’s childish and drags down an otherwise great firm that works hard to help people like us get good jobs.
Thanks GL, first time I get my nose broke I’ll think of you :-)