How To Become A Door Supervisor

Door Supervisor

The Job

Door supervisors, sometimes known as 'bouncers' or ‘doormen’, look after the security of customers and staff in pubs, nightclubs and other licensed premises. They also carry out a security capacity at public events such as festivals.

The role of a door supervisor includes managing crowds, assessing the suitability of people entering a venue and dealing with conflict and potentially violent situations.

Bouncers generally work within a team and are expected to have a good level of fitness, good customer service skills and the ability to stay calm and defuse potentially explosive situations.

Annual Salary

Door Supervisor Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - 2

Minimum Qualifications

Level 2 National Certificate in Door Supervision

Other Qualifications Needed

In order to work as a door supervisor in the UK you will need a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA), which costs £220 for three years. You will also need to pass an identity check, a criminal record check and have achieved an appropriate SIA-approved training qualification.

The Level 2 National Certificate in Door Supervision is the best known qualification for Door Supervisors and is available from a wide variety of SIA-approved awarding bodies including:

• British Institute of Innkeeping (BIIAB)
• City & Guilds
• Edexcel
• National Open College Network (NOCN)

The qualification consists of three or four units, covering topics such as the security industry, roles and responsibilities, conflict management and physical intervention.

Average Working Hours Per Week = Hours vary depending on job location


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

5 days

What Next/Career Development

Once you have achieved your initial qualification, you could go on to take further training, including First Aid.

Opportunities for career development include progressing to more responsible roles, such as a team leader or regional supervisor (if you work for a large company).

You could also move into other types of security work, such as retail security.

Facts And Figures

• The British Security Industry Association ( is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK.

• BSIA member security guarding companies employ 75,500 security officers in the UK.
(Source: British Security Industry Association)

• The annual turnover of BSIA security guarding companies is £1.575 billion.
(Source: British Security Industry Association)