Pub operators have been urged to ensure door staff have the correct qualifications before new standards come into force later this year.
Up to 60,000 licensed venues will have to face new requirements on the licensing of security staff, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has warned.
The professional body for the licensed retail sector launched its BIIAB level 2 Award for Upskilling Door Supervisors in May 2012 after new Security Industry Authority's (SIA) licensing conditions were introduced to improve customer safety.
The training will be essential for any door supervisor, forcing thousands of door staff to undergo further training later this year.
Safety employees qualified before June 2010 will have to renew their SIA licence as the Level 2 qualification follows the earlier introduction of "physical intervention skills" including techniques for dealing with difficult situations and safely escorting customers off the premises.
"We are urging licensees and security agencies to ensure their door staff get the necessary qualification in place well before their employee's current SIA licences run out, or risk being caught up in any last-minute rush for compliance. This is a business-critical issue," said BII chief executive Peter Thomas.
New entrants in the industry will be required to achieve the BIIAB level 2 Award for Upskilling Door Supervisors which covers first-aid awareness and legislation with regard to children and young people, and dealing with terrorist threats.
By Matilde Casaglia
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