Being a security guard is not an easy job but how do you become a qualified and professional one?
Well, first and foremost, you will need a license from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Without this license it will be illegal to work in any capacity in the security industry. In order to obtain this license, a training course will need to be completed with a SIA recognised training provider, then once this is passed, you can then apply for the license and pay a fee (which is renewed every 3 years). Then, you should receive your license within a few weeks.
Before you can think of undertaking the training course, make sure you are eligible. The requirements are normally:
- Over 18 years of age
- Eligible to work in the UK
- Happy to work long hours (average is normally 12)
- OK to work independently
- Pay can vary from minimum wage to £15 per hour
- To be physically fit
- Clean criminal history
So what does the role of a security guard involve?
Well, SIA describe it as:
- Premises are guarded against unauthorised access or occupation, against outbreaks of disorder or against damage.
- Guarding property against destruction or damage, against being stolen or against being otherwise dishonestly taken or obtained
- One or more individuals are guarded against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others
In short, a security guard is there to protect a property and the people within from criminal damage and/or injury. Once you land your first role, you can then work towards obtaining other security qualifications. Maybe even becoming a police officer or in fraud protection.