A security guard occupies many roles as a part of their duties, primarily focusing on providing safety and property security to a location or venue. This is usually carried out via regular patrols and monitoring, either on foot, by vehicle or by camera. They may work at the front desk of a building signing people in or maintaining a maximum headcount for safety at a venue.
In order to become a security guard, one must have passed training from an institution that is certified by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional service in order to apply for a licence. The National Academy of Health and Business’ (NAHB) Security Guard Training course is an identified training program with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and has been registered since 1979.
The program is a 40 hour training course and, upon completion, your training information will be uploaded to the Ministry’s database. This allows you to then complete the training by applying for your security guard licence quickly and easily online.
Prospective students wanting to become a security guard should be physically fit with excellent dexterity, be compassionate and calm, possess an excellent eye for details and be able to work in a fast-paced, occasionally high-stress environment. Interested applicants must also not have a criminal record.
Some of the topics covered by the NAHB Security Guard Training course include:
– Basic security procedures
– Writing reports
– Health and safety training
– The Canadian legal system
– Sensitivity training
– Training in the use of force
– Investigative Services Act and Ministry Code of Conduct
The career opportunities for individuals in the security and guarding industry are on the rise, and are expected to continue to increase at a fairly consistent rate. Since a fair number of security professionals are retiring from the industry and due to the high turnover rate, career options in security are usually quite excellent.
Training as a security guard means that you’ll be ready to take on a multitude of positions in security and guarding.
With security guard training, you’re not just tied down to being a security guard, either. Students with security guard training will go on to assume a variety of roles including airline security, a bouncer at a club or bar, security detail for popular musical artists, a crossing guard for children, or even an armoured car driver.
Occasionally, as their careers advance, individuals with security guard training will even branch out into a career in the armed forces or as an officer on a police force.
Typical Job Duties
Security Guards will usually keep a log of events over the course of their shift. They may also be responsible for more safety oriented matters, such as coordinating evacuations, emergency firefighting and day-to-day measures, such as checking the functioning of safety equipment and logging hazards. First aid certification is provided by some employers and ensures that security guards are able to respond well in a crisis. This can also be helpful to fulfill insurance mandates, ensuring that employee safety is maintained.
In addition to the business of guarding, security guards may be called upon for conflict resolution, for example, in the event of an intruder or a distressed or belligerent patron. This may mean a background in de-escalation strategies, empathy and self-defence. Sometimes a security guard may be trained in proper search protocols.
A security guard may occasionally have special duties, for example training in firearms or working in plain-clothes situations to help apprehend shoplifters.