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Guidance – Apply for an SIA licence

A security guard patrols and monitors buildings and other areas to prevent or stop incidents, such as theft or violence. Security guards also answer alarms and may apprehend individuals who pose a security threat. Many large organizations hire security guards and security directors, the latter of whom manages the guards and the security system overall. A security guard provides safety for the employer by guarding against violations of the law as well as disturbances that could result in a loss to the client. Most security officers work in the private sector. Many businesses employ security guards, including banks, museums, hospitals, office buildings, nightclubs, and stores. Security guard specialties include retail loss prevention, gaming surveillance officers and bouncers. Some security guards go on to become police or law enforcement officers and study while working full-time to earn an online associate’s or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.


Career Description, Duties, and Common Tasks

Depending on the setting, a security guard’s duties may vary significantly. In some instances, a security guard remains “static,” e.g. stays in the same location, monitoring CCTV security feeds. A security guard may also monitor employees as they enter and exit the building or perform certain activities, such as cash handling. In mobile security positions, the security guards may patrol and monitor on foot or in cars.

Security guards:

  • Communicate closely with law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical personnel
  • Document, usually daily, the activities, including disturbances, that occurred. Clients then use the reports to assess potential damage from the disturbance.
  • Ensure alarm systems, doors, and windows are all secure and properly working
  • May interview witnesses and/or testify in court
  • Patrol and inspect property to protect it from fire, theft, vandalism, or other criminal activities

Steps for Becoming a Security Guard

Most security guard jobs are entry level.

Security guards must also:

  • Must have an SIA license – Guidance – Apply for an SIA licence
  • Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Be able to think quickly and critically
  • Be mindful of customer and public service
  • Exercise good judgment in potentially dangerous situations
  • Have knowledge of public safety and security
  • Possess knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern the security field
  • Work well independently and with others

After getting your SIA License to become a security guard, you will proceed through steps similar to the ones below.

  1. Apply for an open position of security guard. See current vacancies
  2. Be interviewed for the position.
  3. Pass a reference check.
  4. Get hired

Security Guard Job Training

Security guards generally must complete training prior to applying for an SIA a license.

Possible Job Titles for This Career

  • Protection Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Concierge
  • Mobile Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Residential Security Officer
  • CCTV Services
  • Retail Security Officer
  • Manned Guarding