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Weapons Awareness & Recognition

Award / Qualification SfS PS5 Certificate - Basic Weapons (prohibited & concealed) Awareness & Recognition

Duration 7 hours – 1 day


Over recent years people have found increasingly creative ways of infiltrating threatening items through security check points. Weapons of all kinds: commercially manufactured, improvised, adapted and disguised, metallic and non-metallic as well as explosive materials and improvised explosive devices have all defeated security screening.

Why? Simple - lack of weapons recognition training.

The current reliance on metal detection technology and the likely delay in the mass deployment of advanced screening technologies, such as body X-ray, millimetre wave imaging and portable explosive detectors, means that it still remains the responsibility of the screeners to identify potentially threatening items.

Unfortunately, no matter what sophisticated state-of-the-art detection equipment you have at your disposal; if you don't know what the weapons you're searching for look like or can be made from, you won't find them!

And in today's climate, the possible consequence of not detecting disguised and concealed weapons doesn't bear thinking about.

Who is the programme designed for?

This course is aimed at those people working in ‘public facing’ jobs such as security guarding, door supervision, community warden, event stewarding and associated sub sectors. It is also highly relevant to other professions such as teaching, retail management, hospitals, carers, taxi and bus drivers, etc.

What does the programme cover?

This is a one day course, which equips candidates with the knowledge, awareness and recognition of prohibited and concealed weapons which are being carried and used in everyday life. Examples of concealed weapons and everyday items that can be utilised as a weapon are shown and demonstrated.

  • Handling weapons and terminology
  • Edged weapons
  • Striking weapons
  • Projectile weapons
  • Disguised weapons


This award is assessed by use of a multiple choice examination. 
Due to the nature of the programme, there is a requirement for all courses run to be certificated via Skills for Security/PS5 to ensure an accurate record of training delivery is maintained and certificates issued to confirm delivery by approved trainers. The cost of certification is £12.50 plus vat per certificate.


Please contact Barton Security for further information on where to take the training and, or examination.