How to Become a Security Guard

Security Guard
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.

There are certain attributes that every security guard needs to have in order to be successful. If you have obtained your SIA license and feel ready to work, then contact us to find out more.