Security Guard

Job Description

Security Guards provide protection for people, property and assets. They may have to patrol private and public premises and check for unlawful acts and entry. Security Guards may also provide crowd control at public events.

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To become a Security Guard you have to complete the training requirements of the state you wish to work in. This training has to be acquired from a Registered Training Organization (RTO) and accredited by the state’s police. As licencing requirements vary from state to state, you’ll need to check these with the regulator in the state you plan to work.

Complete a course such as the Certificate II in Security Operations. There are different courses depending on what type of work you want to do, but generally, you’ll learn about safety awareness, self-defence techniques, staff professionalism, your legal rights and obligations, and crowd control.

Apply for a security licence. Some employees will require you to have further documentation and certification before commencing work. For example, you may be asked to have a Working With Children Check.

Upskill for more employment opportunities, such a security risk management or bodyguard roles. The more qualifications and licenses you possess, the more employable you will be.


  • Assertive
  • Autonomy
  • Calm
  • Communicator
  • Ethical
  • Honest
  • Interpersonal
  • Initiative
  • Open-minded
  • Resilient
  • Reliable
  • Responsible
  • Secure
  • Self-Motivator
  • Team Player
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Safety and order
  • Monitoring
  • Records Management
  • Customer Service

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;