Career pathway: Guarding & Keyholding

Security officers make sure that buildings, valuables or people are safe and secure. They help prevent theft and damage. They also deal with emergencies.
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Security Officer

Guarding Career route

As a security officer, you could work for all kinds of organisations. Your role could vary depending on the industry you work in, and could include:

  • Patrolling
  • CCTV
  • Guarding cash
  • Airport security
  • Close protection
  • Searching

You would keep accurate records and write short reports, which may be used by the police or courts. Your duties could also involve customer care, signing in visitors, giving directions and working with guard dogs.

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Career Progression Route – Guarding & Keyholding

JOB ROLES

  • Security Apprentice
  • Mate
  • General Security Officer
  • Store man / Logistics

QUALIFICATIONS

  • GCSEs D-E in English, Maths and Science
  • Level 2 Award for working as a security officer within the private security industry (QCF)

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional or educational activities over the last 5 years
  • Credit & Criminal Record Checks
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • IT Literate
  • SIA licence
  • BS 8517 requires a minimum of 50 hours training for a GP Security Dog Handler

JOB ROLES

  • Security Officer
  • Door Supervisor
  • CCTV Operator
  • Security Dog Handler
  • Community Warden
  • Mobile Patrol Officer
  • Port Security Officer
  • Retail Security Officer

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 2 Providing Security Services Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Award for working as a security officer within the private security industry (QCF)
  • First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor (QCF)
  • Level 2 Award Disengagement & Physical Intervention Skills (QCF)

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional or educational activities over the last 5 years
  • Credit & Criminal Record Checks
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • IT Literate
  • SIA licence
  • BS 7984 requires a minimum of 16 hours training for a Mobile Patrol Officer carrying out keyholding duties

 

JOB ROLES

  • Security Supervisor
  • Shift Scheduler
  • Senior Door / Security Supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • CCTV Supervisor
  • Close Protection Officer
  • Facilities Management Officer

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 2 Providing Security Services Apprenticeship
  • First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Health & Safety at Work Cert
  • Level 3 First Line Security Management Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Award for Security Officers (QCF)
  • Award in Security Guarding SCQF Level 6.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional or educational activities over the last 5 years
  • Credit & Criminal Record Checks
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • IT Literate
  • Experience in the security industry
  • SIA licence

 

JOB ROLES

  • Security Manager
  • Search Team
  • Team Controller
  • Operations Support Manager
  • Conflict Management Trainer
  • Physical Intervention Officer
  • Close Protection Supervisor

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 2 Providing Security Services Apprenticeship
  • Qualification from British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)
  • Qualification from Insitution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)
  • Physical Intervention Training Spectator Safety (6852)

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional or educational activities over the last 5 years
  • IT Literate
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Experience in Leadership & Management
  • Security Industry experience
  • Excellent relationship building skills Member of a security institute or professional body
  • SIA licence

 

JOB ROLES

  • Business Development Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Security Trainer
  • Marketing / Sales / Events Manager
  • Security Consultant
  • CCTV Manager
  • Crowd /Safety Manager

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 4 Award in Security and Risk Management (QCF)
  • Qualification from Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience in Leadership & Management
  • Security Industry experience
  • IT Literate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • ILM / Security institute / professional body Member
  • Excellent negotiation & presentation skills
  • Training in financial acumen
  • SIA licence

 

 

 

JOB ROLES

  • Head of Security / CEO
  • Investigator
  • Business Owner
  • Operations Director
  • Sales Director
  • Managing Director
  • Head of R&D
  • HR Director
  • QA Director

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 5 Diploma Security Management of the Security Institute
  • Foundation Degree in Security and Risk Management
  • Masters in Security Management or similar or MBA
  • BA in Security and Risk Management

 

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent communication & relationship building skills
  • Police or military background
  • Recruitment skills
  • Leadership and Management
  • Security industry experience
  • Security commerce experience
  • ILM / Security institute / professional body Member
  • Training in financial acumen
  • SIA licence

 

The private security industry is regulated by the SIA (Security Industry Authority) under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. One duty is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job. www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk