A Definitive Guide On How To Become A Security Guard & Start Working At Exciting Locations

security-guard-crowd-controllerIf you are you wondering on how to become a security guard, this definitive step-by-step guide will assist you in choosing your career pathway in the field of security.

Congratulations on taking the first step towards an exciting, stable and promising career that will take you places.

No matter what your background is, security industry can be a great career option.

Step 1. Find The Right Training Provider

Choosing a right training provider is crucial for your success in the industry. A good training provider will invest in your future and work with you all the way.

Don’t be shy of asking questions, make sure you are 100% satisfied before you go ahead and enrol for a course.

Check the provider obligations at http://asqa.gov.au

Some key points to consider while assessing the training provider

  • Make sure the provider is registered. A registered training organisation needs to provide their registration number on all their marketing/advertising material.
  • Check their current operational status at http://training.gov.au.
  • Go through the reviews and ratings left by the past students. Talk to them if possible.
  • Find out more about your trainers, go through their credentials and profile.
  • Enquire about job support program upon course completion.
  • Ask for an itemised list of fees and your eligibility for concessions or refunds.

Always check your Funding Eligibility with the RTO. You might be eligible to do the course at a subsidised fee.

Step 2. Starting Your First Security Course

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CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations (Unarmed Guard/Crowd Controller) is a nationally accredited entry level course that entitles you to apply for a private security licence.

After successfully obtaining your security licence, you are qualified to work as an Unarmed Guard/Crowd Controller. You will be licenced to work at locations like

  • Sporting Arenas
  • Shopping Centres
  • Construction Sites
  • Courts
  • Corporate Offices
  • Airports
  • Educational Institutions

The full time course normally runs for 18 days. You can also opt to do this during the night (36 nights) or weekends (9 weekends).

Step 3. Gaining Additional Qualification Along With Your Certificate II

Completing additional Control Room units along with your CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations, will open up an additional career option for you as a Control Room Operator.

The Control Room Operations is a usually 4-5 day course.

Training providers normally offer this as an upgrade package with the Unarmed Guard Course.

Don’t forget to enquire about this option.

Step 4. Up-Skill With Higher Qualifications

Armed Guard Cash-in-Transit

If you are prepared to work in a high risk environment, you should consider up-skilling with a CPP30411 Certificate III in Security Operations (Armed Guard Cash-in-Transit).

This course is designed  train security guards to work in collections, transfer and/or delivery of cash or other valuables along with safe use of a revolver handgun, batons/handcuffs & defensive tactics.


You can also choose to do your CPP30411 Certificate III in Security Operations as a Bodyguard.

Successful graduates are trained to access, analyse and supply the resources needed to ensure safety and protection of their clients.

Some of the skills you will learn on the course include, The Role of Bodyguard, Escort Formations and include a live practical exercise.

Security Risk Management

If you aspire to become a Risk Assessment professional or want to run your own security business, CPP40707 Certificate IV in Security Risk Management is the right course option for you.

The course covers the Application of Management Techniques aimed at monitoring, controlling and minimising risk and potential impact of an unforeseen event in a large corporation or a small business.

Although this is a standalone course, it is highly recommended that you have attain at least a certificate II to gain an overall understanding of the security industry.

Some RTO’s package Bodyguard & Armed Guard to deliver as one course. Don’t forget to ask.

Step 5. Applying For A Security Licence

Depending on the state you are located, the licence application process may vary slightly. For example, the state of Victoria has made the entire process online since July 2017. Please refer your respective websites below to find out more. Normally the process should not take more than 4-5 weeks.

Victoria Security Licence Application

New South Wales Security Licence Application

Western Australia Security Licence Application

Northern Territory Security Licence Application

Tasmania Security Licence Application

Queensland Security Licence Application

QLD Security Licence Application

If you are located in the state of Victoria, you can refer this quick guide to applying for a Victorian Security Licence

Step 6. Looking For A Job

The security industry is 24 hours / 7 days a week, and can allow you to work at exciting locations protecting the public

Initiative & Networking will always work in your favour. The security industry is big on networking, keep in touch with your trainers & fellow students after you finish your course.

Remember, people tend to refer their active connections, not the ones they have lost touch with.

Last, but certainly not the least, signup with your training provider to get regular news and updates from them and the industry. Training providers regularly mail and post job openings on their website and Social media. It pays to be on their database as you would be among the first ones to get these updates.

We hope that this article would help you with your new and exciting career adventure. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop a comment.

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