Security personnel constitute a sizeable part of the protective workforce. And that is for a good reason. While break-ins and theft are not always possible, a little peace of mind can go a long way.
If you want to work in security, keep reading to learn everything you need to know to get started.
Working in security is not for the faint of heart. Security personnel are the first line of defence against external threats. It does not matter whether it is armed guards, private security, or personal bodyguards. We encourage anyone interested in a career in security to apply as soon as possible. Because they require perseverance, dedication, and consistency to be effective and efficient.
While working in security is not as demanding as working in law enforcement or the military. But there are a few steps to take before you can be hired. These requirements may differ on various elements. Such as, where you live, who you’re looking to work with, and the level of protection you’re offering.
In New York security guards must complete an 8-hour pre-assignment training course. Only then they can apply for a Security Guard Registration Card. You must also complete a 16-hour on-the-job training course. That too within 90 days of initial employment after receiving your proof of registration (issued by the Department of State). Following that, an annual 8-hour In-Service Training course is also required.
Security: Armed vs Unarmed
When researching security jobs, keep in mind that the requirements will vary. It depends on whether you will be a part of armed security or not. Armed security guards must meet extra eligibility criteria. And complete extra training besides the previous requirements. Again, all this will depend on your state of hire.
Armed guards in New York must have a valid New York state pistol licence. They must complete a 47-Hour Firearms Training Course for Security Guards. And they need to apply for a Special Armed Guard Registration Card.
Armed guards must also complete an 8-hour In-Service Training course every year. Though the requirements and responsibilities of the armed forces are more demanding. They are offset by a higher salary and a wider range of job opportunities.
Area of Expertise
Choosing a speciality, like many other career paths, will pay off in the long run. We encourage our security officers to develop their skills and expertise in one or two areas of security and to gain experience in those areas.
Armed security, venue security, bodyguards for hire, loss prevention, private security, and many other options are available. Consider your skills and availability when looking for work.
Consider some of the following questions:
- Do you already have firearms training and certification?
- What does your ideal work schedule entail?
- What types of jobs are in high demand in your area?
Answering these questions will assist you in locating the ideal position.
A good place to start is your state’s local criminal justice webpage. There you can usually find government-mandated requirements for working in security. Next, conduct a quick Google search for national security companies or companies in your area.
Many businesses like Champion Security Agency, have both national and local offices. Companies like ours can provide a wide range of opportunities and positions. We will also work with you to build the career in security you want. When you’re ready to apply, head over to our Employment page to get started.