Security Officer

Also known as Security Guard.
Patrols and guards industrial and commercial property, railway yards, stations and other facilities. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 6 months
Average pay $51,209
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 12,400

What does a Security Officer do?

  • patrolling property and checking doors, windows and gates for unauthorised entry
  • watching for irregularities such as fire hazards, malfunctions of machines and equipment, lights left on, leaking water pipes and unlocked security doors
  • issuing security passes to authorised visitors and giving directions
  • monitoring alarms and contacting supervisors, police and fire brigades by radio or phone if security is breached or fire is detected
  • picking up and ensuring the safe delivery of cash, payrolls and valuables
  • operating coin and currency counting machines, and carrying out cash counting and packaging functions
  • maintaining order at venues where there are large gatherings of people
  • conducting investigations for clients and preparing evidence for court proceedings
  • detecting and investigating theft and other unlawful acts carried out in retail establishments

Specialisations

  • Mobile Patrol Officer
  • Railway Patrol Officer

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Security Operations
TAFE
Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management
TAFE
Certificate III in Investigative Services
Certificate II in Technical Security
Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)
Diploma of Security and Risk Management
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