With crime being such a factor, the South African security industry has been growing dynamically for many decades. It is estimated that there are more than 9,000 registered security companies that employ more than 450,000 registered security guards. The industry boasts an estimated annual turnover of a whopping US$6-billion!
The South African security industry is one of the most advanced in the world, and training courses are geared to the four key sectors: access control, fire protection, CCTV surveillance and intrusion alarms and detection. South Africa even exports a vast amount of security-related products like traffic barriers, electrified fencing, riot gear, razor wire, etc. A vast number of security courses have been developed to feed the ongoing demand for trained staff in the security industry.
What security courses are available?
There is a great variety of security training courses available in the many different segments of the security industry. Here are just a few of the different areas and courses:
- Armed Response Security Training
- Control Room Operator Training
- Fire Arms Training
- Grade B Security Training
- Grade A Security Training
- Grade C Security Training
- Grade D Security Training
- Grade E Security Training
- National Certificate in General Security Practices Johannesburg Gauteng
- National Certificate in General Security Practices Training
- Grade A Security Training
- SASSETA Skill Levels Training
- PSIRA Grade A Security Training
What do the security training courses cost?
We must emphasise that prices vary greatly and range from under R1,000 to several thousand rand, Prices are also obviously subject to change. However, here are a few ballpark figures. To train as a Grade A Security Manager will cost you between R1,050 to R1,400. The course for a Grade B Security Supervisor varies between R1,050 and R1,500.
The fees to qualify in Grade C Protection of Information ranges from R950 to R1,050, while the qualification in Grade D Access Control runs from R850 to R950. Qualifying as a Grade E Patrol Officer will set you back between R750 and R850, while becoming a Grade A Security Manager will cost you in the region of R1050 to R1,400.
A Grade B Security Supervisor’s course costs from R1,050 to R1,500, a Grade C Protection of Information course ranges from R950 to R1,050. The Grade D Access Control course charges from R850 to R950, and the Grade E Patrol Officer qualification will set you back from R750 to R850. Extensive fire arms training can be much more expensive.
What does PSiRA stand for, and what does it do?
It is the regulatory body that oversees the private security industry in South Africa, and stands for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority. It regulates the industry’s practices, and all the schools and training facilities that offer security training courses have to be PSiRA accredited. This is to ensure that professional and legal standards are adhered to in accordance with the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Act of 2012.
Seven examples of security training courses available in South Africa
Armed Response Security Training
This 5-day course is aimed at training armed response security officers to be able to assess the risk factors in a situation. It trains them to respond to a crime situation safely, responsibly and professionally. It also trains them in the legal aspects of their jobs. It highlights customer relations, emergency procedures, communication, crime scene procedures, victim handling, challenge and inspection procedures, report writing and court procedures.
Fire Arms Training
This course gives trainees a thorough grounding in the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000. It also trains them in the skills to handle and use various weapons. These include handguns, shotguns, manually operated rifles, pump action or double-barrelled shotguns or carbines, self-loading rifles and semi-automatic rifles. The price of this course varies significantly depending on which weapons are included in the training and the duration of the course.
National Certificates in General Security Practices
These are entry level qualifications that equip candidates with the key competencies required of security personnel in a variety of security roles. It is aimed at candidates who want work in the security industry and want to acquire the skills needed for standard security practices.These include access and exit control, asset protection, security patrols and responses, and security operations. Candidates will be furnished with the necessary skills, knowledge and mindsets to work in a professional manner, thus boosting their career opportunities in the security industry.
Security grades E D C |Grade C Security Training
This 5-day course aims to ensure that security officers with a Grade C classification are able to protect classified information, conduct emergency situations, can save lives and are able to assess risk and handle it professionally. The training includes threat assessment, occupational safety, fire prevention and protection, bomb threats, self-defence and the legal aspects.
Control Room Operator Training
There are various courses that provide CCTV training. These include training CCTV operation, surveillance profiling, audits and procedures, CCTV installations, control room system design, ergonomics and data centre analysis. Candidates are taught about alternating current, direct current, semiconductors, CCTV methodology and terminology and how to draft a concise professional quote. The courses also cover installation tips, the laws that pertain, guidelines, pricing and sales techniques. Candidates will cover the practical aspects of setting up cameras, using checklists, monitoring, and effective handovers at end-of-shift.
Control Room Supervisors
These courses are geared at empowering supervisors and junior managers to upgrade their skills to the high expectations of clients like estates, malls and corporate head-offices. Subjects covered include the preparation of a workstation for duty, monitoring, emergency and non-emergency signals and effective handovers. Alarms, CCTV cameras, identifying potential criminal activity and managing communications, conflict and on-site emergencies, are also covered.
Training in Retail Security
This 5-day course aims to teach security officers exactly how the retail security environment functions. It highlights all the relevant legal aspects and the intricacies of tagging. It particularly emphasises the importance of maintaining good public relations in this business sector of the security environment.
There is an ongoing demand for security personnel in South Africa’s vibrant security industry. The wide range of training courses available ensures that anybody who’s interested in this field will be able to access the training they need to equip them with the skills they need.