If a steward is in the process of undertaking their training, assessment and qualification are they allowed to work in a sports ground?

Yes. If they have undertaken all aspects of relevant familiarisation and induction training they may start work accompanied by a qualified steward.

They may work unaccompanied for a period of up to 12 months once they have attended four events as a steward and received training to provide the underpinning knowledge for the following units in the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety:

  • SKASS1 Prepare for spectator events
  • SKASS2 Control the movement of spectators and deal with crowd issues at an event
  • SKASS5 Deal with incidents

These units are the current equivalent of those units referenced in section 4.8a of the Green Guide.

All stewards should be in the process of undertaking their full training, assessment of occupational competence and qualification.

The table below shows what training and qualification a steward requires at each stage. 

Steward responsibilities/eligibility

Training and qualification requirements

Start work accompanied by a qualified steward

  • Received induction and familiarisation training.
  • In the process of undertaking their full training, assessment of occupational competence and qualification towards a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety or an acceptable alternative.

Work unaccompanied for a period of up to 12 months

  • Received induction and familiarisation training.
  • Received training to provide underpinning knowledge for units SKASS1, SKASS2 and SKASS5 of the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety.
  • Attended 4 events as a steward, accompanied by a qualified steward.
  • In the process of undertaking their full training, assessment of occupational competence and qualification towards a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety or an acceptable alternative.

Work unaccompanied permanently

  • Completed training and assessment of occupational competence and obtained a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety or an acceptable alternative.

 

Do these requirements also apply to stewards provided by an agency?

Yes. This requirement applies equally to stewards employed directly or working through an agency.

Is the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Door Supervisor licence an acceptable alternative to a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety?

No. The training programme required to obtain an SIA Door Supervisor licence is not an acceptable alternative to a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety.

This is because it does not map to all of the units in the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety.

However, stewards who hold an SIA Door Supervisor licence will have the underpinning knowledge for the three units of the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety which they must have before working unaccompanied.

Therefore, holders of an SIA door supervisor licence may work unaccompanied for a period of up to 12 months provided they have attended four events as a steward (accompanied by a qualified steward) and are in the process of undertaking their full training, assessment of occupational competence and qualification for a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety or an acceptable alternative.

Is the Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events (AUSSE) an acceptable alternative to a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety?

No. The Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events (AUSSE) is not considered an acceptable alternative to a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety.

This is because the Level 2 AUSSE does not include an assessment of occupational competence and does not cover all of the units in the National Occupational Standard for Spectator Safety.

However, the Level 2 AUSSE provides stewards with the underpinning knowledge for the three units of the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety which they must have before working unaccompanied.

Therefore, holders of a Level 2 AUSSE may work unaccompanied for a period of up to 12 months provided they have attended four events as a steward (accompanied by a qualified steward) and are in the process of undertaking their full training, assessment of occupational competence and qualification for a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety or an acceptable alternative.

Is the Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations an alternative to a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety?

No. The Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (ESO) is not considered an acceptable alternative to a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety.

This is because the Level 2 Certificate ESO does not cover all of the units in the National Occupational Standard for Spectator Safety.

However, the Level 2 Certificate ESO provides stewards with the underpinning knowledge for the three units of the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety which they must have before working unaccompanied.

Therefore, holders of a Level 2 Certificate ESO may work unaccompanied for a period of up to 12 months provided they have attended four events as a steward (accompanied by a qualified steward) and are in the process of undertaking their full training, assessment of occupational competence and qualification for a Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety or an acceptable alternative.

What if I can no longer get my stewards trained, assessed and qualified using external funding streams?

Where an employee (steward) does not meet the criteria for public funding of his or her training, assessment of occupational competence, and qualification process, any costs associated should be met by the employer. 

Steward Training - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety?

How do I determine if a qualification is an acceptable alternative to the Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety?