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How to become a Door Supervisor

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What does a Door Supervisor do?

Door supervisors and door stewards, sometimes called bouncers, judge the suitability of people entering licensed premises and uphold security. They also maintain order and safeguard the well-being of customers on the premises. When working inside a venue they may be referred to as floor supervisors.

In large venues they may use queue management techniques to avoid crushing and queue jumping. Body searches may also be carried out and may involve the use of metal detectors to deter the carrying of weapons. Door supervisors patrol inside a venue and ensure that they can be located in the event of an emergency.

They liaise closely with the police, first aiders and management to play a proactive role in defusing tensions in hostile or violent situations. They also work to reduce the supply of drugs into a venue.

What's the working environment like working as a Door Supervisor?

Working hours depend on the opening hours of the venue. Door supervisors are normally required during busy periods, which usually involves evening and weekend work. Part-time work is usually available.

The environment will vary from venue to venue. Working on the door may involve working in all weather conditions. Inside conditions can be hot, noisy and smoky. The work involves standing for long periods.

Door supervisors may wear a uniform or a jacket with a highly visible security badge.

What does it take to become a Door Supervisor?

To be a door supervisor you should:

  • be physically fit
  • be able to make decisions quickly
  • have good customer service skills
  • have a knowledge of health and safety regulations
  • have a knowledge of licensing laws
  • be able to defuse potentially violent situations.

Door Supervisor Career Opportunities

Door supervisors work in public houses and nightclubs. They may work directly for the establishment or on contract for an agency.

In large organisations it may be possible to move into a team leader role and then on to an area supervisor position.

Working as door supervisor may act as an opening into the security industry, for example retail security (see Security Officer and Store Detective profiles).

It may be possible to become self-employed by setting up an agency that provides venues with door staff.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Door Supervisor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Vacancies are advertised locally through Jobcentreplus and the press.

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
PO Box 9
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE82 6YX
Tel: 0870 243 0100
www.the-sia.org.uk

Door Supervisor Training Organisation (DSTO)
Maurice House
2 Iddesleigh Road
Bournemouth
BH3 7JR
Tel: 01202 299969
www.dsto.co.uk

Skills for Security (Incorporating SITO)
Security House
Barbourne Road
Worcester
WR1 1RS
Tel: 0845 075 0111
www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk
www.sito.co.uk