Going past the basics in training.

At On Point Security & Investigation we believe strongly in further training or professional development for our team members. As once you have your minimum Certificate II in Security Operations your education does not stop. The Cert II in Security Operations is required in Victoria to apply for your Victorian Security Licence. To allow you to perform the duties of an unarmed security guard and crowd controller. However, should you want to advance in the industry further training is required?

Depending on the area of interest in the security industry you want to work in will determine your next step. Area’s include armed guarding, bodyguarding, cash in transit, control room operator and private investigation. All of which require further study and higher qualifications to allow them to be added to your individual licence in Victoria. Each of these areas is now being offered as stand-alone Certificate III courses and once completed the area can be added to your individual licence. However, the armed guard licence also requires you to obtain a firearms licence on top of your security licence.

So, once you have completed the required training be in the basic Cert II or Cert III, what do I need to do next? Well, currently the only licence category that requires further training and assessment to maintain it is the armed guard category with a yearly requalification being required to maintain the licence. Is this enough training or assessment needed to be a professional?

Not a chance is my response to this. All areas of security need to be reassessed from time to time. One thing I have noticed in the security industry in Australia is compliance and guards not carrying about training as most believe they know it all.

What areas need to be reassessed regularly?

  1. First Aid skills
  2. Firearms (if licenced to operate)
  3. Defensive tactics
  4. Use of security equipment e.g. radios and scanners
  5. Basic communication skills
  6. Batons and handcuffs (if trained and authorised to carry)
  7. Report writing

Why don’t guards want to train? The cost is one thing, the time to train and ego all play a part. The question I hear a lot is who is paying for the training and will I get paid to do the training on my day off? Companies are often reluctant to pay for extra training and don’t allow it in their budgets or planning. They also think well if I pay the guard for the training and pay for the training what if they leave next week to work for someone else.

We not only encourage our staff to keep current we can assist in the training requirements. OPSI can deliver first aid training through our sister business On Point Training Group and Allens Training. And we continue to work with other companies and individuals in the delivery of training to enhance the skills of our staff.