What's it like to be a Security Guard?
Security Guards provide protection for people, property and assets. They may have to patrol private and public premises and check for unlawful acts and entry. Security Guards may also provide crowd control at public events.
Tasks and duties
- Maintaining safety and order at public venues or events where large crowd is expected.
- Checking properties to deter criminal activity and ensure they are safe and secure.
- Monitoring entry and exit of authorised vehicles and people into premises.
A Security Guard may also be tasked to monitor visitors to a site. They record time of their arrival and departure, and issue them an appropriate pass once they are permitted to enter the premises.
What can I earn as a Security Guard?
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How to become a Security Guard
- Complete a course such as the Certificate II in Security Operations (SPP20212). There are different courses depending on what type of work you want to do, but generally, you’ll learn about safety awareness, self-defence techniques, staff professionalism, your legal rights and obligations, and crowd control.
- Apply for a security licence. Some employees will require you to have further documentation and certification before commencing work. For example, you may be asked to have a Working With Children Check.
- Upskill for more employment opportunities, such a security risk management or bodyguard roles. The more qualifications and licenses you possess, the more employable you will be.