Pub bosses are being urged to check the status of their doorstaff's licences after allegations of malpractice at a training company.
More than 200 security licences have been suspended by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) following the claims which focus on London-based training centre Tristar.
Awarding body Edexcel withdrew the level 2 BTEC award in door supervision certificates issued by Tristar. And because the qualifications have been withdrawn 211 licence holders no longer meet SIA criteria.
The suspensions will be reviewed in 90 days to give those with the licences the chance to take the course again. If they fail to do so their licences will be revoked.
SIA director of strategy and corporate services Hazel Russell said: "We take allegations of training malpractice very seriously, and in this case have taken prompt action to suspend licences after receiving information from Edexcel."
An Edexcel spokesman said: "We found substantiated evidence of malpractice and consequently we withdrew over 200 awards."
It is understood that Tristar plans to appeal against the decision.
The Publican attempted to contact Tristar, but nobody from the company was available for comment.
The status of licences can be checked at www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk