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.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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 between 2 and 5 years' experience in the security industry. You'll also need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.
Employers may accept you if you have experience of managing a team in the armed forces, police or prison service.
- 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.