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This month unfortunately more than 200 licences have been suspended by the SIA following alleged malpractice at London-based training centre Tristar.

The licence holders all had Door Supervision qualifications from Leyton-based centre Tristar.

The Awarding Organisation is Edexcel. All learners and now licence holders have had their ‘Level 2 BTEC Award in Door Supervision’ certificates withdrawn. Please note the certificates have only been withdrawn if Tristar undertook the door supervision training. Tristar is no longer an accredited centre.

211 licence holders no longer meet SIA licensing criteria because their qualifications have been withdrawn by the awarding organisation. Part of the SIA licensing criteria is that all applicants must have passed a nationally recognised qualification and therefore due to the alleged malpractice of the training provider the SIA has suspended these licences.

The suspensions will be reviewed in 90 days and if the individuals do not have a valid qualification by this time their licence will be revoked.

Any person found to have been complicit in malpractice would have their licence revoked.

Speaking for the SIA Hazel Russell said:

“We take allegations of training malpractice very seriously, and in this case have taken prompt action to suspend licences after receiving information from Edexcel.

Also an Edexcel spokesperson said:

“Edexcel takes any abuse of our qualifications very seriously. We received allegations of malpractice within Tristar and carried out a thorough investigation, including forensic analysis of test papers. We found substantiated evidence of malpractice and consequently we withdrew over 200 Level 2 BTEC Awards in Door Supervision and removed the centre’s accreditation.

BTECs are rigorous qualifications and we will always take action, where necessary, to protect their value.”

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