Archive | January, 2013

Main Modules of a Security Officer Training Course

23 Jan

There are many modules of a security officer job that one must complete prior to working as a security officer. . A well-organized security officer training course will give you the information that is necessary to start your career, get a licensed and perform your job well.

After reviewing many courses offered across various states, I have compiled a list of modules that will help you become a better security guard. Please use this guide to select a training school which not only offers the required training but also covers these modules.

  1. Roles and obligations: The first module of any security officer training course is usually an introduction to the all the roles and responsibilities you will have as a security guard. These duties can vary depending on the site you get positioned at, so you will need extra on the job training for certain skills; however the basic concepts are covered in this module.
  2. Laws that affect your roles:  Private security guards have different powers given to them by the state they work in. In this section you will learn the codes that oversee your duties and tasks. You will also become familiar with the liabilities that you have and also about the legal powers you have as a security guard.
  3. Access control: You will learn about patrolling and safeguarding entry and exit to the site you are designated to protect. You are going to understand what to watch for while you are patrolling and how to look for early signs of a possible risk to the site.
  4. Communication: Proper communication skills are thought in this module which will help students build skills to talk to people while on work, communicate in emergency situations with other private security officers, ask right question that can lead you to determine a criminal intention. A sensitivity training session is also usually part of this module, which will help you communicate with people of different backgrounds. This is an important aspect of any private security guard training course.
  5. Records Management: As a private security guard, you will have to provide a report after an incident takes place. In this section you will learn the various skills such as report writing, taking notes, improving observation and collecting evidence that can improve your records keeping ability.
  6. Managing confrontation: Often the task of a security officer is to step in and halt confrontation happening in the site they are protecting. Stopping a confrontation is an ability that is very helpful for security officers, and one that is required to perform the role well.

Things to check when you sign up for a security officer training course

  • In some states, you may not be allowed to pursue online courses.
  • Some states have an authorized list of security officer training course providers; you must complete your training from these approved institutes only.
  • Some private security officer training faculties may offer placement guarantees. Please perform proper groundwork before you sign up.

Completing your training is a prerequisite for obtaining your security guard license and applying for security guard jobs. Going to a training school that teaches all these modules will help you become a better security guard and be more successful in your career.


Advice from experienced security guards to assist you in getting your first job

4 Jan

I had to chance to visit a security convention and listen to some security companies. What I learned is that it is not as difficult to break in to the field of security. It was a pleasure to interact with other guards and learn about the latest security equipment that can be used by guards. I had a good time at the convention and hope I can attend the convention next year. For those who were not fortunate to attend the convention, I want to share some advice I gathered from experienced security guards.

Plan your interview up front, so that you know what to expect on the day of interview. You should plan in advance for a job interview if you are lucky to get a call as jobs are getting very competitive these days. Try getting a mock interview lesson if it is offered by the training school you completed your training from. Review the specifications of the opening. When you have a chance, be sure to emphasize your strengths in the job interview. Look for common job interview questions and prepare your responses. Have your resume evaluated by some security personnel you know. Sounds straight forward but many applicants never get their curriculum vitae reviewed by experienced people in the field. Experienced security officers will be able to point you to things that you should highlight or take out from your resume.  Your curriculum vitae are often a chance for you to create a first impression so it is in your favor to have the best security personnel curriculum vitae.

Complete any required training before applying. A prerequisite for many openings is that you have a certificate of completion of basic training course. Having this license will qualify you for the opening. Look at opportunities outside the job board. Most security personnel are hired by firms who then place them on contracts at various clients. Get in touch with all the security officer companies in your area or the city you are trying to relocate to. If you stay with this technique, you may have a chance to go for openings that are yet to be declared.

Demonstrate you are flexible. A security officer is needed at numerous sites and the need can differ based on what contracts the security officer firm has. When you are placed at a different type of location, say from a hospital to a school, you may have to undergo further training courses. Show that you are prepared to take additional training as and when require. Be adaptable and show that you understand how the field works. Be friendly and approachable. Security personnel are often the first person seen on site by people. Security guards may have to answer questions from visitors from time to time. So if you are polite, it is an advantage and is similarly valued by security firms who want guards with such qualities.