Become a security guard in NSW

Security guard work is very diverse. So there are lots of different requirements for a range of skills, experience and body types.
A lot of security guard jobs involve long periods of standing so it is important to recognise if that is going to be an issue for you not to choose a job that has that requirement.
The pre conception is that security guards are all burly without much brains and just paid to block a door way if need be. In fact most security guard jobs including crowd control do not allow any physical contact, the most valuable asset is being able to remain calm and collected in difficult situations, with good verbal reasoning skills.

There are 2 classes of security licences; 1 and 2.

Security licence class 1

  • 1a – unarmed guard to patrol and protect property.
  • 1b – bodyguard
  • 1c – crowd controller
  • 1d – guard dog handler
  • 1e – monitoring and control room operator
  • 1f – Armed guard

  • Security licence class 2

  • 2a – security consultant
  • 2b – security seller
  • 2c – equipment specialist
  • 2d – Security Trainer
  • It is important to understand that the training and requirements for these different types of licences vary greatly, as do the salaries. All security guard salaries are covered under the national award scheme as minimum guideline, but individual employee contracts vary greatly.

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    Responsible service of alcohol and crowd control

    The responsible service of alcohol laws in NSW are some of the strictest in the western world, as a result when interacting with people from Europe and Great Britain it is important to understand that there is a different expectation of what is legal.
    The role of a security guard in a responsible service of alcohol job is to monitor the safe consumption of alcohol. This involves monitoring the levels of consumption and the overall wellbeing of the patrons. Security guards acting under the liquor and gaming laws are at the request of the client to satisfy a legal requirement.


    All commercial buildings and many residential buildings have security patrols. This involves a patrol security officer checking key check points at the site and responding to alarm activations. This work can be very physically demanding as it often involves a lot of movement while on site, walking up and down many stairs.
    Patrol jobs are more likely to be permanent rosters this is because there is more of a learning curve to learn the sites and locations and the requirements of the job.

    Control room and CCTV monitoring

    Control room jobs are highly sort after in the security industry, they often have the highest rates of pay and are not as physically demanding.
    That being said they are more rare and harder to come by.
    These jobs tend to be more difficult with regards to learning software and procedures, they require excellent communication skills.

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