Wow. Nothing like the government regulation of an activity to add a real level or organisation, credibility, and air of professionalism to it is there?
Personaly, I think the regulation should have started and ended with security employees having to agree to full criminal history checks and the submission of confirmed personal details (current address, full name, 'passport' style photo), all of which should be passed to the council/police via the employer, and it be there responsibility to update that list quarterly.
The whole notion of someone with zero real world tools to do the job being able to fork out £300 for a certificate so they can call themselves a 'qualified doorman' is a nightmare waiting to happen IMO.
Thats not having a pop at you, you have the mindset and background to make a good go of it, but there will be some right muppets just itching to be able to flash that ID card like James bloody Bond
Reminds me of all those Close protection/bodyguard qualification courses that came out a few years ago
You can see the Sultan of Brunei looking over applicants cant you:
'Ex SAS- nope, Retired special branch- nope, veteran Paratrooper- nope, OOOH LOOK!!! THIS ONE'S GOT AN NVQ IN BODYGUARDING!!!! and
he was a team leader at McDonalds SIGN HIM UP!!!!'