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.


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