If you’re looking for a rewarding career, you may want to consider a job in the security sector. Security guards get to face new challenges each day and interact with a variety of interesting people.
Becoming a professional security guard requires hard work and commitment. Here are just some of the duties that guards are expected to perform:
- Secure premises and personnel by regularly patrolling the property
- Monitor building entry points and allow or refuse access
- Complete reports by accurately reporting observations, incidents and surveillance activities
That being said, it might feel like a daunting task to begin the process of becoming a licensed security professional. Condor Security is here to help answer some questions you may have as you begin your exploration into this process. If becoming a security guard seems like an exciting endeavour, here are some tips to keep in mind before getting licensed in this field.
The average length of time to get licensed is roughly 3-4 weeks. Within these weeks there are important steps to take, and assuming there are no snags along the way, things should go fairly quickly once you get started.
The first step is to check whether you meet the requirements for an Ontario Security License. Once you can confirm you qualify, you must then register for and complete the appropriate training program — both in-person and online options are available. Condor Security’s 40 hour course assists you in attaining the knowledge and pre-requisites necessary for your security license. When the course has been passed and you have acquired a training completion number, you then register for and pass the security guard test.
The final step is to apply for your Ontario Security License; this can be done online or through regular mail. Once you’ve obtained your license, you can then apply for jobs in the industry.
While some companies do charge a small fee for security training, Condor Security does it completely free of charge for those who qualify for the position.
It is important to note that the complementary training does not cover the necessary first aid and CPR certifications that qualify you for the security license. These have to be completed on your own and are mandatory, so do not forget to schedule them.
Furthermore, there are costs associated with the Ontario Security Guard Exam. After taxes, the total for the test is $75.15 — ($66.50 plus HST). If you need to retake the test for any reason, you must pay the fee again.
- Job Hunting is Still Required
It is important to keep in mind that getting a security guard license does not guarantee a career at Condor Security, or even with any security company in the industry. There are many factors that could influence a future in the field such as the availability of positions, and whether you’ll be the right match for the team. At Condor Security, you need to have the right work ethic and professionalism; though each company has their own culture, Condor believes in providing top quality service through its well-trained and professional team.
However, don’t get discouraged! If you are not the right fit for one team, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find a better-suited position elsewhere. A job won’t be handed to you following completion of the license; it’s up to you to take the initiative and make it happen.
- You Need More Training
As a security guard, you’ll need to be able to professionally and appropriately respond to a multitude of different scenarios. Because of this, you’ll find that the 40 hours of training mandated by the government is not sufficient. Beyond the basic training, you need to have stellar communication skills, fire alarm response, medical emergency response, customer service, and more if you want a long and successful career in a security position.
Recognizing right away that your learning doesn’t stop at the initial course is the first step in becoming a well-rounded and fully certified licensed security professional. There is no such thing as enough training!
- It’s Only the Start of Your Journey!
As you move forward from considering stages to actively becoming a licensed security professional, you will see more and more each day how this is only the first step on your journey. For some people, this may even be a step through the doorway to your career.
With some work, you can get promoted, earn more, work in more challenging locations, and even advance into positions of greater responsibility such as supervision and management. You may network and connect with people who open the door to a related field.
Start your career with Condor Security today. For more information, give us a call at 416 665 1500 or click here to apply now!