How to become a security guard in South Africa

June 10, 2019
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Security guards are an integral part of any company’s operations. There is always demand for security guards which creates opportunity for employment.

How to become a security guard
as with any career, the first step is finding out where to study. Security guards need to find trainers that are accredited with Safety and Security SETA (SASSETA).
Security guards are graded from levels A to E based on their duties and level of responsibility. There are separate training courses for each grade.

GRADE A
Site manager or commander
Controlling and managing a number of functions
Conducting risk assessments and evaluations on site
Managing the security workforce
Basic investigative skills
Problem Solving

GRADE B
Access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills are required
Site or shift commander
Managing lower grade security officers
Possible inspector doing site visits

GRADE C
Access control of higher risk area and supervision of lower grade security officers

GRADE D and E
Access control

Once you have completed your studies you will need to register with The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSIRA). The requirements for PSIRA are as follows:

Be 18 years or older
Be a permanent resident of South Africa
Not have committed any of the scheduled offenses listed in the Private Security Regulation Act
Completed training at an accredited training centre
Not be a member of any official military, security police or intelligence force in South Africa or elsewhere

*Extracted from Careers Portal

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