How to become a security officer
You can get into this job through:
- a course run by a private training organisation
You can take a training course approved by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Many of these courses are run by private training companies.
You may also take a Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Providing Security Services.
When you have completed the right course for the type of security work you want to do, you can apply for a front-line SIA licence. You must have this before you can work legally in the private security industry in any job that is on the front-line.
- 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.
You can find out more about working and training in security from Skills for Security.