How to become a Security Guard
The Australian security industry is booming at the moment with a predicted job growth of 15.6% over the next five years according Seek.
Security guards do all kinds of roles from retail security to gatehouse work, crowd control and concierge.
This exciting industry offers career growth and variety in spades which is why so many people are thinking about making the switch to a career in security.
But if you’ve never breached the boundaries of the security sector before you might be wondering how to become a security guard.
The great thing about security is it’s a sector that doesn’t discriminate based on age or experience. You can be 26 or 60 and still get started in this thriving industry.
That being said there are few things you’ll need to get started.
Getting Qualified as a Security Guard
Security guards are required to hold a Certificate II in Security Operations. This is the certificate you’ll need to apply for your security guard licence.
The Certificate II in Security Operations is offered through an 8 day face to face workshop with some online study required. It includes your Provide First Aid Certificate which is also a requirement of the licence.
ASSET offers this course at our Logan, Gold Coast, North Lakes, Townsville and Tasmania campuses. If you’re looking for training in other areas, please still contact us and we can try to assist with a custom course.
Applying for your Security Guard Licence
Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll need to apply for your security guard licence with the Office of Fair Trading.
The application can take up to 2 months to be processed depending on how many applications are currently in the line for processing with the Office of Fair Trading.
Once you have completed your certification and successfully gained your security guard licence it’s time to get out there and find that job.
But how should your resume be structured for this industry and where should you apply?
ASSET has you covered; we pride ourselves on offering additional support to our security graduates through our employer connections program.
We encourage our security graduates to return to ASSET for pre-employment coaching. We offer this service at no cost to our graduates.
In these coaching sessions our team provide feedback on your resume and show you how to structure a resume for the security industry. They also run you through common interview questions for security roles and generally help you to fine tune your interviewing and resume building skills.
Once you have completed pre-employment coaching you are referred onto our Employer Connections Program which gives you access to exciting opportunities in the industry such as networking events and group recruitment days with respected security companies.
If you are wondering how you can become a security guard, we highly recommend attending one of our free security career information sessions at our Logan, Gold Coast or North Lakes locations.
In these sessions our we will take you through the process of applying for the security course, the funding options that may be open to you and how to apply for the security guard licence and the support ASSET can offer you post-course.
If you’re considering getting into the exciting field of security contact one of our friendly course advisors today to discuss your career goals.
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