Security Officer / Security Guard
Security officers/guards protect people, assets, and property by reporting, investigating, monitoring, and controlling threats.
How much does a security officer/guard earn?
Security officers/guards earn depending on the type of work they do and experience.
- Security officers/guards usually earn between $20 to $30 per hour.
- Experienced security officers/guards often make between $30 to $70 per hour.
What does a security officer/guard do?
They may do some or all of the following:
- Monitor and control crowds at events
- Control access to sites for staff, customers and contractors
- Monitor electronic security systems including cameras and alarms
- Patrol sites to check for threats like hazards and intruders
- Enforce rules or laws on sites and call for assistance from emergency services
- Write reports about what they observed on shift.
How do I enter the security industry?
There are no specific requirements to become a security officer or security guard. However, you will need a Certificate Of Approval (COA) issued by the Ministry of Justice to work. Vision College offers an 18-week security training programme to gain an NZ Certificate in Security (Level 3) and a three-week Certificate of Approval Training programme to gain the units needed to apply for your COA to move into employment in a range of security roles.
A minimum of three-year secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include digital technology and physical education.
A first-aid certificate may also be useful.
How do I get a Certificate of Approval?
To get your Certificate of Approval, you will need to:
- Complete mandatory training. We provide a three-week Certificate of Approval Training programme to gain the units needed to apply for your COA
- Pass a police background check and public notification
- Apply for your COA certificate
Skills and knowledge
Security officers/guards need to have skills and knowledge of:
- Security and surveillance methods and equipment
- Legal procedures for arrest
- Conflict management techniques
- The laws on trespass, assault and personal property.
Security officers/guards need to be:
- Able to stay focused for long periods of time
- Able to remain calm and make decisions under pressure
- Honest and able to keep the information confidential
- Excellent communicators
Useful experience for security officers/guards includes:
- Work in hospitality, retail or tourism
- Police officer work
- Work as a member of the armed forces
- Customs officer work
Job opportunities in the security industry
Chances of getting a job as a security officer/guard are good because:
- Not enough people are trained to meet the demand for workers
- Turnover is high so positions are often available
- The size of the security industry is expected to continue to grow over the next decade
- Private security companies are getting more work from the government agencies and police
Types of employers
Security officers/guards may work for:
- Private security companies
- Government agencies
- Private businesses that serve crowds like bars and stadiums
- The police