what is security clearance?
You’ll need a specific type of clearance to work in the defence and security sector. You’ll either need Security Check (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) and they shouldn’t be confused with any of the other types of pre-employment checks that you may or may not have been through in previous roles.
how does security clearance work?
Both SC and DV clearance involve a long, complex and intrusive process. Being security cleared can bring a lot of responsibility with it, as well as opportunity, so it’s good to be prepared beforehand with what to expect. We will discuss the whole process at length with you, if you’d like to get in touch and we’d recommend that you read the following guide before making any decisions to apply for jobs.
how do I get security cleared?
how long does it take?
The whole process usually takes between 9-12 months. We’ll be in touch at different stages to make sure you know what to expect and we’ll be around to answer any questions along the way.
what sort of things are involved?
Firstly, you’ll need to provide specific documentation about yourself, your family history, your medical information and your finances. You’ll go through a thorough background check, including a criminal record and credit reference check and you’ll take part in an interview with a vetting officer. Referees will be interviewed too and you’ll need to have a drugs test.
what help will I get?
We’re always here to help with any questions you have about getting clearance. We can advise you on what to do and when, on the information you’ll need to provide and where you are in the process, among other things.
can I transfer my security clearance?
Yes you can, but it will depend on certain criteria. It can be a lengthy process, as checks will still need to be made and it can take around 6 months. You can also look to have your DV status reinstated if it’s lapsed (within one year). We can discuss this in more detail if you’d like to know more about either of these issues.