How to become a security officer
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- an approved training course
You can apply for a Professional Security Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship to get into this role.
You could also do a Security First Line Manager Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, if you have experience in security work.
These take between 1 and 2 years to complete.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
To work legally in many jobs as a security guard you need a front line Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.
Before you apply for this licence you need to train for an approved 'licence-linked' qualification. This is so that employers can be sure you have the skills and knowledge you need to do the job safely.
The qualification you need will depend on the type of security work you want to do, for example:
- guarding cash and valuables in transit
- CCTV operating
- front line security
You can search for the correct type of training with an approved training provider in your area, through the SIA website.
- you'll need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence for agency and contractor jobs
Experience of working in the police or armed forces could help you get into this job.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the International Professional Security Association for training and development opportunities.