How to become a security manager
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You can do a security first line manager advanced apprenticeship.
Most people following this route have:
- experience in related work
You can start as a security officer and become a team supervisor. You can then move into security management through on-the-job training and promotion.
You can apply directly for security management jobs if you've got previous experience in the security industry. You'll also need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.
Skills gained through experience of managing a team in organisations like the armed forces, police or prison service may also be useful.
- you'll need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence for agency and contractor jobs
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the International Professional Security Association for training and development opportunities.
You can find out more about working in security management from Skills for Security.