How to Become a Security Guard?
How to become a security guard. The purpose of this blog is to show you how easy it is to become a private security officer in Australia. To be a licensed private security officer in Australia is not complicated; but it is a process, and there are training, certifications, and licenses you will acquire before you can start working as a private security officer.
Every state and territory in Australia have their separate licensing process; and most of them are similar, except for a few differences here and there.
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Private Security Guard: List
Age: Before you can become a private security officer in Australia you must be at least 18 years or over.
Residence: You must be a resident in Australia for at least 12 months. Though you can do the security training course before then; but, you will only be eligible for a private security guard license after you have spent 12 months or more in Australia.
Gender: Anyone can become a private security guard, regardless of their gender; but I must stress a point, that there is a shortage of female private security guards in Australia. So, if you are female, your chances of scoring a good security guard job from numerous security companies in Australia are much brighter!
So if you are a female, and you are thinking of becoming a private security guard, I will encourage you to go for it, you are most likely to get an excellent role and good pay.
Study: Even though you might be 18 or over, you can’t just get the Police or the Department of Justice to issue you with a private security guard license; you must enroll in a Private Security Guard Training School and do a minimum of Certificate II in Security Operations.
Criminal Check: After you have completed your Certificate II in Security Operations, the school might show or assist with the process of filling a Criminal Police Check and fingerprint forms and do the application for you. It will cost you some amount of money, and it may take two to 4 weeks for you to get a response. A copy will be mailed to the Police or the Department of Justice then you will be issued with an invoice to pay for the License.
Take note; if you have a recent criminal history or charges, I would advise you to call your state or territory Police or Department of Justice and ask them if you will be eligible for a private security guard license.
License: If you have a clean criminal history/record, and your fingerprint is all done; then it is time to pay for the private security guard license. After payment, it may take another 10-30 days before you will receive your private security guard license in the mail. Then, you can start looking for a security guard job.
Private Security Guard: Pay
Pay: Most newbies in the private security industry often start working in private events, nightclubs, major events, etc. Be very careful as there are a lot of dodgy security companies out there that will want to employ you for below security guards’ award wage. If you don’t know what the right award wage is, please click this link or search on Google, ‘security Industry award wage.’
Some security companies in Australia may be paying you based on an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), but make sure the EBA is current, and that you are not worse-off at a minimum, compared to the Award wage overall.
Private Security Officer: Make up Your Mind
Well, if you haven’t made up your mind about becoming a private Security Guard as the right career for you, then I would advise you to get a copy of this book Security Adventure Service. It is a quirky, hilarious, fun to read security guard book/expose that will open your eyes into the world of private security guards. It explains the joy, the adventures, and the reward of service you will get by being private security personnel.
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This book is filled with real stories, real-life private security officer incidents scenarios that will help you become the best private security guard you want to be. There is an online and hard copy of this book on Amazon, Google, Kindle, Apple i-books, etc.
|If you are not fully convinced if being a Security Officer is for you, then please get a copy of this book ‘Security Adventure Service.’ It was recently written by a Security Officer, and it contains practical everyday true stories, encounters and duties that a Typical Security Guard goes through every day. After reading this book, it will help you make a better decision of whether being a Security Officer is the right career move for you.
Steps to Become a Private Security Officer
The following links are for every State and Territory in Australia on how to get your Private Security Guard License:
How can I become a Security Guard in Northern Territory, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in Australia Capital Territory, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in NSW, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in Victoria, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in Queensland, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in Western Australia, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in South Australia, Links
How can I become a Security Guard in Tasmania, Links
The links above are for an individual resident in Australia who is wanting to become a private Security Guard. If you are reading this blog and you are not Australian; I have shared some links below for some other countries on how to become a private Security Guard.
To become a Private Security Officer Overseas
USA, Links, How can I become a Security Guard in America
UK, Links, How can I become a Security Guard in the UK
Canada, Links, How can I become a Security Guard in Canada
Thailand, Links, How can I become a Security Guard in Thailand
UAE, Links, How can I become a Security Guard in UAE
South Africa, Links, How can I become a Security Guard in South Africa
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