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Door supervisor courses – your questions answered

Door supervisors – the chances are if you’ve ever been to a pub or nightclub you will have met one. Yet as more and more of you search for courses, it seems that joining the security industry is top of a lot of lists right now.

Jane McGuire
12th February 2016
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Remember that to work as a door supervisor in the UK you will need to pass a course and apply for the SIA Door Supervision license (it’s actually illegal to practise without one). So since it's one the most searched subjects here on Training and Courses, we decided to answer five of the most commonly asked questions to help you on your way...


1. Is a door supervisor like a bouncer?

Yes, pretty much. Bouncers are one type of door supervisors who will check people in and out of venues such as bars and nightclubs. Bouncers seem to have a bit of a bad rep though – your job is not just breaking up fights. You will be expected to ensure members of the public are safe by checking people are not underage, carrying harmful substances or are likely to harm others. Dealing with fights and emergencies is also a side of the job, however you will be taught relevant techniques to cope with this on your course.


2. Do I have to have muscles?

Although technically anyone can be a door supervisor, most people in the industry are quite physically well built, with a lot of muscle to help them pull people apart in a fight. If you are never going to have this frame, it might be worth looking for door supervisor jobs that don’t involve bars and nightclubs –a good option might be working in an office or school overnight.


3. How much money do door supervisors earn?

It really depends on how experienced they are, or where they are working, but usually door supervisors will be paid hourly and can earn £8-£13 per hour.


4. Am I expected to break up fights?

Yes, but not start them. As a door supervisor you have the power to arrest a member of the public seen possessing drugs or weapons on the premises, before handing them over to the police. You will also be expected to use restraint techniques to remove violent or dangerous people from the venue. The law states that you should use no more force than necessary, and that once the ejected customer is on the street, you have no power over them and any forceful behaviour could be seen as a crime.


5. I love going out with my friends – am I right for this?

Not necessarily. If you love nightclubs it might help, as you will spend your evenings and weekends working in and outside them, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you are right for the job. A door supervisor will need to be able to control their anger, make quick judgements and keep their cool when dealing with angry and unreasonable members of the public. If you are patient, you can hold your tongue and make fair judgements on people; these are all attributes that will help you get a job in the security industry.


If we’ve answered your question and you are ready to search for a door supervisor course, look no further. With plenty of part time and evening options available, finding the course for you has never been so easy. 

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