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What kind of security jobs are there?

The Security Industry - What’s in it for you?

Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a job as a security guard

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People who work in the field of security are there to protect people and property. They provide an important community service in deterring, preventing and acting on security risk situations.

The security industry is represented in both the private and public sectors; some roles requiring individuals to hold a Security Agents Licence; all roles requiring fundamental skills and knowledge to operate effectively.

If you’re considering a job as a security guard, here’s everything you need to know. 


Will I get a job?

Security is a growing industry.

“This is a very large occupation employing 53,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the
5 years to 2020.”

ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.

In an increasingly uncertain world, both private and public sector stakeholders are calling for a higher security presence in protecting their assets and infrastructure, not to mention, providing a safe and secure environment within our community.

There are a variety of jobs in the industry

Jobs in the security industry are diverse and can include:

  • Crowd control at sporting events, concerts, clubs & pubs and music festivals
  • Venue control for local festivals such as Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and a range of food and wine events
  • Security guarding
  • Mobile patrols
  • Static guarding
  • Alarm, Security or Surveillance Monitoring
  • Aviation security (airport screening)
  • Access control
  • Concierge officer
  • Retail loss prevention officer
  • Hospital security and patient minding
  • Security dog handlers
  • Cash in transit… and more…

This industry also plays an important role during times of extreme weather events, natural disasters as well as anti-terrorism strategies.

Security work is often used to create a pathway for entry into careers such as police, correctional services, customs and border control. The skills developed in the security industry are similar to those required in these related industries. It is a fantastic way to build your skills in communications, problem solving and conflict management; skills that are relevant in every industry.

Tactical supports students, providing Employment Assistance. Contact our Customer Care team on 8331 1620 to learn more.

The security industry requires specific skills

Employers in security companies need people with good verbal and written communication, decision-making, problem solving and team work skills.

Tactical’s security training course, deliver REALISM IN TRAINING; this means that our training is reality based, giving participants hands-on experience in a safe and controlled environment. Reality based training that simulates physical and emotional aspects of an incident significantly improves the confidence and competence of graduates transitioning into a security job role.

How to become a security guard

To work in the security industry, you need to hold a security licence. To be eligible to apply for a licence you must first complete security training.

There are several categories that can appear on a security licence and they all require a different security licence course. These categories are:

  • Crowd or Venue Control
  • General Guarding
  • Body Guarding
  • Guarding with a Dog
  • Guarding with a Firearm
  • Monitoring Centre Operations
  • Security Systems Work
  • Security Systems Work (Sales and Advice Only)

To work as a security guard, the most useful categories to apply for are:

  • Crowd or Venue Control
  • General Guarding

These two categories make you eligible to work in the widest variety of security job roles, rather than just selecting one category, and limiting your employment options.

Certificate II in Security Operations is the qualification required for these licensing categories, and the qualification must include the following units to cover the specific needs of these categories:

Crowd or Venue Control – (Employee)

Certificate II in Security Operations (CPP20212) or (CPP20211) or (CPP20207), with completion of the following units of competency:

CPPSEC2010A Protect safety of persons
CPPSEC2011(A or B) Control access to and exit from premises
CPPSEC2012A Monitor and control individual and crowd behaviour
CPPSEC3002A Manage conflict through negotiation
CPPSEC3013A Control persons using empty hand techniques

 General Guarding – (Employee)

Certificate II in Security Operations (CPP20212) or (CPP20211) or (CPP20207), with completion of the following units of competency:

CPPSEC2011(A or B) Control access to and exit from premises
CPPSEC2014A Operate basic security equipment
CPPSEC2015A Patrol premises
CPPSEC2017A Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques (or tactics)
TDTE701A or TLIE707B or TLIE2007A or TLIE2007 Use communication systems


The Tactical security training course for Cert II in Security Operations is exclusively designed to provide you with everything you need to be eligible to apply for the Crowd or Venue Control and General Guarding (Employee) categories of security licensing.

For security courses in Adelaide, contact Tactical Training; a South Australian owned and operated RTO for security training.

The benefits of upskilling to Cert 3 in Security and Tactical security training pathway programs

If you are planning a career in security, there are many benefits in considering the Tactical Security Career Package. This package includes both Cert 2 and Cert 3 in Security for a special package price.

Other Tactical security training options include our Career Pathway programs. These are short courses that equip you with additional skills and knowledge for niche areas of the security industry such as Security Screening (aviation security, maritime and general security screening roles), Dog Handling (security dog handler for Guarding with a Dog endorsement), and Cash in Transit (for armoured cars and vehicles, and transporting cash and valuables).


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