Obtaining a licence to work as a security guard in Sydney is relatively simple provided you meet certain criteria and are able to enrol in a course that provides the necessary training. Before you even start looking for a security course provider you need to meet the following requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must pass the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test.
- You must not have a criminal record.
- You must have unrestricted Australian work rights.
- You must be able to produce 100 points of ID.
The biggest barrier to most people looking to get themselves qualified in the industry can be the Literacy and Numeracy test. Many people looking for this kind of work have come to Australia from overseas countries and have a non-English speaking background. A self-assessment can be accessed at http://www.skillnetaustralia.com.au/LLN/quiz.html
Entry Level Training – Certificate 2 Class 1AC security licence
The entry level security course for a security guard in NSW is a level 2 certificate in Security Operations. Attaining this qualification will allow you to work as an unarmed security guard (1A) or in crowd control (1C). Depending on the Course provider, you can expect to spend approximately 100 hours in training classes and costs will range anywhere from five hundred dollars to a couple of thousand.
The student can expect training in this course to cover multiple units of competency. In particular, training around safety, effective communication, basic security equipment operations, working as part of a team and managing conflict. First Aid training is also a mandatory part of the course.
Armed Guard / Bodyguard Training – Certificate 3 Class 1F security licence
For those individuals aspiring to be armed security guards, you will need to undertake certificate 3 level course in security operations. Successful graduates are able to worked as armed security guards performing cash-in-transit operations and are also able to work as private bodyguards.
The content of this course aims to teach safe handgun use, batons, handcuffs and self-defence techniques. The typical cost of these courses is around fifteen hundred dollars.
Like the certificate 2 course, much of the content is around safety and communication. Students in this course are usually looking to advance their security career, so there is also a strong focus on the importance of planning and leading small teams in the security industry.
A full outline of the course can be found here:
Security and Risk Management – Certificate 4
This course is a lot more onerous than the first 2 pre-requisites. Expect to complete in excess of 500 hours training and most full time students will take up to 6 months to complete. The content of this course is designed for security professionals who want to work in security management, develop security risk management strategies and policies or work in tactical response teams.
The qualifications for this course are recognised nationally, so it will allow you to work anywhere in Australia (not just Sydney)