SIRA refers to Security industry regulatory authority is a Dubai government organization which supervise the security companies in Dubai.
The SIRA is the changing name of DPS (Dubai Protective Services) which had been enforcing the security regulation to the security companies and security personnel since 2005.
Not only the SIRA enforce the law but also provide the training to the security guards is very important in Dubai which leads trainees to have a valid security guard license.
DPS (Dubai protective system) regulation was announced in 2005 and compulsorily came into force in 2008. Security companies in Dubai trained their new staffs themselves and sent to the Dubai police academy for the examination. It was the past practice for licensing the security guard in Dubai.
But In 2017, the first reform made over DPS regulation for the private security companies that was the reason which created the SIRA.
Now SIRA is the only one organization which provides training and operating license for both security guard and security company.
SIRA refers to “Security Industries Regulation Authority” is a privates security organization and part of the Dubai protective services.
- Licensing security companies and security guards.
- Enforcement rules and regulations
- Training the security guards and takes the exams.
- Penalize the security guard and company for the violation of the regulation.
SIRA gives all types of training which are related to the safety and security some of them are:-
- Security Dog Training
- Safe Transportation Vehicles Trading
- Preparation of Vehicles for Safe Transport
- Security Studies & Consultancies
- Centre for Operations & Monitoring Services
- Security & Surveillance Systems Installation & Maintenance
- Guard Property Services
- Party Security & Private Guarding Services
- security Control & Alarm Equipment Trading
- Valuables Transport Services
- Security Control & Monitoring Services
How can be a security guard in Dubai?
To become a security guard in Dubai you must have a valid SIRA license that provides you after completing a week-long training in SIRA Cadre Academy. But for other emirates, you should require a PSBD or PSCODE license in the UAE.
How could I get a SIRA license?
If you already hired by a security company in Dubai it refers you for training to the SIRA cadre academy. Individuals who want to get SIRA training also can apply for the training and look for the security profession after having the license.
All the newly hires security guards must undergo training for a week involving 36 hours of theoretical and practical in which guard learns the following:
- Overview and Purpose of the Security Industry
- Emergency System and Procedures
- Evidence and Crime Scene Preservation
- Effective Patrolling, Access Control
- How to search for vehicles and premises
- Requirements for Health and Safety at Work
- Dealing with Emergencies
- Requirements for Dealing with Fire and Safety
- Communication and Customer Care
- Effective Communications
- First Aid
- Criminal investigation
- Conflict management
- Candidates also learn to protect themselves and others in an emergency.
The senior Dubai police officers and other government bodies such as civil defence’s members play the role of instructors. The training runs 60% theoretical and 40% practical. After completion of training, the students are then tested in two exams.
There are five types of physical test to determined the candidate is healthy and fit to do duty at any time in any situation.
A). Beep test:
The purpose of the beep test is to access the aerobic capacity. so the candidate has to cross the 20 meters longer space and come back to the starting point on the beeping sound. It goes over and over up to 32 times.
B). Jumping test:
The candidate has to jump over the 1.7 meters high bars. To pass this test you require to cross 6 to 7 bars. This is not a difficult part of the SIRA’s training. A simple practice before heading for training you can do it without any difficulty.
C). Sled push:
This is another type of test the candidate have to push the sled one point to another point within 4 seconds the distance between the point is 10m only.
D). Sled pull:
It is the opposite part of the sled push. You have to pull the sled back to 5 meters in 6 seconds.
E). Sprinting test:
it is a running you must crossing 35 meters in 6 seconds.
2. Written test.
The written test is an exam where you have to answer the questions. Most of the questions pick out from the topics that you had learned in classes. The written test has set up 100% marks questions, but, 60% answer should be correct to pass it.
3. Oral test?
The oral exam is not there, but the instructor carefully evaluates your speaking and listening skills by asking the questions in class. so when you are speaking to the instructor speak clearly and carefully.
Each security guard needs to have a strong personality and needs to be balanced when dealing with members of the public. The instructor decides your strength of personality from this evaluation.
If you succeed in the SIRA test then you would get the course completion certificate along with a security guard license.
The certificate you are awarded here can be useful for your future career in the security industry in other countries too. Because it is authorized by a British vacation education organization.
At the end:- working as a security guard in Dubai can be the best option for the people who willing to make their career in the security industry. SIRA provides the training to create a professional security guard, so being professional on career helps you to advance in that field.