5 Myths About Security Guards

Security Guards have several myths that have been associated with the profession over the years. It is important that we debunk the myths, so there is a better understanding of the important roles’ security guards play in our lives.

Here are 5 common myths about security guards:

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# 1: They must have a big physique and macho

Stereotypically, people associate security guards with a burly physique and a larger built body. However, security guards do not have a set image as there are security guards with many different physical characteristics that make them just as good to do their job well. In fact, the best types of security guards need to be quick with their thinking and their instincts, proactive and able to de-escalate all situations when needed.

Some businesses prefer a specific type of security guard, such as night clubs that fits the typical stereotype. Other businesses such as a corporate setting or those that offer residential services, may not want a security guard that fit the burly stereotype. The business owner may want a different built security guard because of the image they are trying to achieve. In all cases security guards have to be physically fit, able to use their judgment, be alert and vigilant, and provide the highest level of professionalism required to do the job. 

# 2: They do nothing or they don’t really do much

In movies and television shows many people associate the image of security guards as lazy and lethargic. Assuming security guards only sit in a booth all day watching TV and reading magazines in an uneventful and dull work environment. However, this is so far from the truth, security guards are the first line of defense before police arrive at a scene and they must investigate by taking notes and recording any incidences that happened. Security guards are the first people that the public go for directions or ask for assistance; they have to attain a high level of professionalism by providing customer service and doing so would require being knowledgeable and vigilant on the job.

# 3: No formal training needed

Security guards have to be trained with how to react in case of any emergency situation and hold to secure different types of events or site location. training involves making sure our security guards are always alert, knowledgeable and responsive to all types of situations. At Baig Security, our security guards have to go through a standard training before joining their workforce to ensure that our clients receive the best experience possible and they can focus on their other business operations.

At Baig Security, we offer a range of security courses to get your properly trained for any security job!

Click the link to find out more. Security Guard Training – Baig Security 

# 4: Security service is too expensive 

Every company needs to have well defined security solutions. The misconception is that only larger businesses have the means to hirer security services to protect them. At Baig Security, we offer competitive prices to fit every size business and satisfy the needs of your business. Whether your budget is small or large, every company benefits from security guard services at their site locations or business events.

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# 5: Security guards are meant to be intimidating

Security guards are hired to regulate different business operations to create and maintain a peaceful working environment. They ensure the safety of the employees, the business and its valuable assets.

However, they are not hired to intimidate or instill fear in any person. A security guard is there to deter any unwanted persons or suspicious activities that may pose a threat to your business. They are trained to apply their skills to solve any security problems that could potentially Occur. Security guards are put into place to provide a sense of security and safety. They should offer a level of comfort to the public to trust that the security guard is doing their job and going above and beyond to safeguard them at work.

At Baig Security, we believe in going above and beyond to promote safety. Learn more about how we are redefining security in 2022. Click the link for more information https://baigsecurity.com/2022/10/03/redefining-security-at-baig-security/

Security guards play a big role in society and their work should be respected and acknowledged.

Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

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Security Guards: Expectations Vs Reality

We interviewed two security guards about their experience in the security industry

The first person we interviewed is RyanJohn Staples, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Ryan’s Linkedin. He has 4 years of security Guard and loss prevention investigations experience. When asked what led him to become a security guard, RyanJohn said:

“Got asked to start as a doorman with a bar once I turned 19 then within a year became head of security for a couple of years and started with a few companies’s not long after.”

We also asked him what he thought a security guard would be like and he said: “From first starting off at the local bar I expected it to be slow some nights and full of incidents and issues on other nights. All in all, I find as long as you treat people with respect no matter the incident and remain calm you will have great days. I always tell people new to security to absolutely never take anything personally and always be professional as we are the ones to defuse any issues that may occur.”

According to RyanJohn nothing for him changed in terms of expectations and reality while working in the security industry. We also asked RyanJohn if he could change anything what would it be his response was “More in-person training courses would be a bonus. I am always looking to learn new things to better myself, gain more knowledge.” 

Another question that was asked is how has covid affected his work.

He said “ Gave me more opportunities and more jobs.” 

If there was anything that could change about being a security guard RyanJohn said he would prefer more in-person training as he is always looking to learn and gain more knowledge.

Another guest we interviewed was Damien Rickus, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Damien’s Linkedin. His background experience is in the Armed forces and he has also been  Security Officer. One of the questions we asked Damien is about what led him to become a security guard as we wanted to learn more about what inspired him to become one.

He said  “It is a good career path when you become self employed as you can be earning £20 up, the main reason is that I can gain so many qualifications and have access to similar career paths through the same courses.” Another question that was asked was what did he think working as a security guard will be like and he said “I thought that security guards be under pressure from employers and that there would be something happening every day”

How did that differ from reality?

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“There’s not much happening every day in the sense of this is serious, I learnt that the main thing is to be vigilant to deter crime and help the community but keeping everyone safe due to the fact that security guards are trained in first aid, fire safety and security, this means we are ready to tackle a multitude of problems.”

Damien also answered our question related to how covid affected his work and said “Covid has shut down a lot of venues meaning work has not been available however once everything opened back up there are more jobs for security than the country has guards.”

With his experience as a security officer and working in the armed forces, we wanted to find out if he could change anything about being a security guard what it would be and he said “I would change the pay rate as security and safety are essentials in the world if the pay increased the number of trained guards would increase making the nation a safer place to be.”

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What’s it like being a security guard?

We interviewed three security guards about their experiences on the job. 

The first guard we interviewed was Chris Ballantyne. He’s had 3 years working in health care security after graduating from the Protection, Security and Investigations from Georgian College. 

What led you to become a security guard?

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“I wanted to become a security guard in order to build an excellent foundation and reputation for a further career in law enforcement. Working in a hospital, we work alongside law enforcement almost daily, building rapport as well as getting a brief sneak peek into their procedures.”

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When asked What do you like about the job? Chris said, “Knowing I’m building my knowledge and resumé base for my next career, the people are awesome, and it’s not the same thing every day, always a little different.”  

Chris says that working as a security guard, he found he dislikes, “Unfortunately the pay, sadly in New Brunswick security is a tad underpaid, even when calculating cost of living factors percentage-wise, it’s still low in my opinion, but many careers are lower paid in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.”

Next, we interviewed Damien Rickus, who has been working as a security guard since March 2021.

Damien became a security guard because being a security guard was one of the three career paths I chose when leaving secondary as there can be a lot of progression within the security business from a static guard up to close protection and going from employee to employee self-employed into a business owner.

When asked, “What are some misconceptions people have about security guards? “Damien said:

“The biggest misconception people have about security guards is that we are lazy and have no clue of what is happening around us; this is untrue as a security guard needs to be fully alert at all times also we have a multitude of tasks and training in which we need to complete in order to keep every person as safe as possible.”

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How many hours do you work as a security guard?

The majority of shifts are 12 hours; however, you can work a 15 hour shift if your company lets you do so; signing the opt-out agreement is the best thing to do as you can then work 5 days out of 7, making for a total minimum of 60 hours in a week.

How much do you make as a security guard? Do you feel it’s fair to pay?

Chris says, “$16.50/hr. I feel it’s low compared to where I used to live, which was about $10/hr more. The hospital there and here are similar in size (the one I currently work at is technically bigger by bed count), thus serving a similarly sized community.’

Damien has similar views stating, “The majority of pay for security staff is around £10 per hour; I believe this to be unfair as there ate costs that we security personnel have to endure to qualify and get our badges”.

What are some of your responsibilities?

Chris, who works in healthcare security, says his responsibilities are:

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Maintaining secure entrances (Locking doors, making sure windows and doors are closed, not damaged and functioning as intended. Maintain parking lot standards (written warnings, counts of spots). Assist staff with upset or possibly violent patients, visitors etc.

Whereas Damien says, “The responsibilities of a security can include, first aid, patrols, access and egress control, CCTV monitoring, key keeping, some receptionist responsibilities (if working in a gatehouse), spotting potential threats.”

Phillip Brigante is currently working as a security officer who previously worked as a security police officer in the air force. His military training is what led him to become a security guard. One thing he enjoys about the job is being able to help people and find there’s nothing he dislikes about the position. He shares Chris and Damien’s views on the common misconception of being a security guard is that they are seen as rent-a-cops. 

Check out Phillip on his Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-brigante-a174aa20b/

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What’s it like to work in the Security Industry?

We interviewed four different security professionals to find out firsthand what it’s like to work in the security industry? 

Featuring Gerry Markee, RyanJohn Staples, David P Bradney, and Cole Nethercott. 

We had the first question: What are your views on the security industry?

Gerry Markee is a retired Security Trainer, Union Executive and Steward. He was employed in Hospitals and Museums for over 40 years. Gerry worked in Health and Safety and as a consultant in Security Legislation that updated the Security industry legislation. 

When asked about his views on the security industry, Gerry said, “Disappointment. Despite legal changes demanding better training, employers and governments will always fight to keep wages and costs as low as possible, creating, for the most part, a job ghetto. Management is often incompetent, anti-labour, and not above breaking laws due to serious ethical failings”.

David P Bradney is retired as a Colonel after 27 years in the United States Marine Corps in 2017. He worked as a combat veteran with deployments to Somalia, the Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition, I participated in numerous Theater Security Deployments and diplomatic missions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, East Africa, and South America. David has been the Central Region Vice President for Gardaworld security services in the US since 2017, where he led and managed branch teams delivering security services across ten (10) states from Texas to South Dakota.

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Davids’s experience in both the Security and the Military means he has amounted a lot of knowledge over the years. He said that the trends he noticed are, “The industry will continue to experience steady growth across the world, but hybrid solutions are becoming more necessary due to rising costs in labour and growing statutory and regulatory restrictions.

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The number of security providers will continue to contract because of mergers and acquisitions. This M&A activity is so prevalent now because most smaller providers are unable to compete in terms of cost and resources with the largest companies even at the regional level.”.

How do you feel covid has affected the security industry?

Cole Nethercott is an experienced security professional of 3+ years with a demonstrated history of working as a security guard within the industry. When asked how he felt COVID-19 had affected the security industry, he said,

“I feel that it has been good for the industry; as Security, we need to be able to adapt to situations and adapt quickly. I feel like security guards, and companies have done that and have done it well to the best of their abilities. I feel that we have more of a role in the day to day operations and actually have a voice with our clients now more than before”

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I would like to see better training for the security industry, higher standards, and better relations with LEO’s; an example, in Ontario, Canada, the security course to receive your security license is only 40 hours, I’d like to see that become maybe a month, going over items more in-depth such as fire response and fire panel operations, basics of computer and CCTV operations (hands-on), better medical training rather than just the basic emergency level, hands-on radio operations (I’ve trained too many guards that don’t know how to use a radio or even turn it on, I understand there is a starting point for everyone for the knowledge base, but that should be covered in the security course). I feel that there should have been more awareness brought about security guards being part of the frontline at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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How do security guards impact workplace safety?

RyanJohn Staples is a Security Guard with four-plus years of experience and a demonstrated history working in the security and investigations industry. 

Ryan’s views on how a security guard impacts workplace safety are,

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“Security guards promote a safe workplace for everyone, and it brings peace of mind to others as we’re usually the first contact before police are called upon for assistance if an incident occurs.”.

Check out Ryan on his Linkedin

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How to become a security guard and career checklist

How do I become a security guard? How do you get a security license? How to begin a career working at a security company?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? If so, this comprehensive guide is for you!

Eligibility

First things first, are you even eligible to be a security guard? 

To be eligible for a career in security you must be over 18, have a clean criminal record and be a permanent resident of canada.

If you meet all these requirements you move on to the next step!

Training for a security license

Before you can start working as a security guard you need to complete a training course! There are a wide variety of security programs available, however you need to take a course that is specific to your province/territory.

For example if you want to work as a security officer in Ontario you need to take a course approved by Ontario. 

We at Baig security offer our own security training for those who are interested.

Our ontario security training  includes:

A 40 hour online training course which is divided between 33.5 hours of online study and a 1 day in class Emergency Level First Aid & CPR Level C Certificate.

Sign up today at https://baigsecurity.com/training.

Licensing and Exam

The Ontario Security Guard test is a written, sixty question test, in a multiple choice format. The test appointments are two hours in duration, 75 minutes of which is the allotted test completion time.

The license test costs $66.50 plus HST, which comes to a total of $75.15.

You will receive the results of your test within five days of completing it. If you don’t receive it by the end of this time, contact your test provider. The lowest passing mark is a 62% for this test.

As well, all tests must be booked in advance, regardless of if its in person or online.

For more information on the security guard licensing and exam, check out this article: https://baigsecurity.com/blog/what-is-the-security-guard-license-test-and-how-to-prep-for-it 

Getting a job

Now that you’ve completed your security license course, it’s time for you to have a look at local directories to find a job. 

Here is a link to the baig security job board.

https://baigsecurity.com/careers

With a security guard license from baig security you can work in the following sectors:

  • Airport Security
  • Mall Security
  • Close Protection
  • Night Club or Bar “bouncer”
  • Loss Prevention Security
  • Residential Concierge
  • Special Event Security
  • Mobile Patrol
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Advance in Your Career

As a security guard you are able to work in different sectors within the security industry. Here are a few examples:

  • Security Supervisor 
  • Security Officer 
  • Cyber-security specialist 
  • Armed guard 
  • Border security 
  • Private security consultant 
  • Correctional officer 
  • Fire protection specialists 
  • Private detective or investigator 
  • Policing 

This is the end of the security guard checklist. Hope this helped you!

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How difficult is security training in Canada?

So you want to be a security guard? You are looking to get into security work? If your answer is yes and you’re wondering how to get started then we are here to help you with our security training.

First things first, are you eligible to take a security guard course?

There are three things you need to be to be able to take a training course. You must be over the age of eighteen, have a clean criminal background, and can work in Canada.

Now if you have these three things then it’s time to pick a course provider.

If you are located in Ontario, Canada we recommend using https://securityguardcourse.ca/. They offer both online, standard security guard courses and an in-person CPR and Security Guard licensing course. It’s important to note that to attain a security license in Ontario, you must also complete a first aid course as well.

What will you learn in our security training course?

In Training courses you cover the following topics:

  • Licensing Process
  • Writing Security Reports
  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety
  • Communication
  • Procedures
  • Emergency Response Preparation
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Canadian Legal System
  • Use of Force

Our security training offers many features to help with completing your training. Not only is it entirely self-paced (meaning you can work as fast or as slow as you need without penalties), signing up with them also gives you access to more than eighty video lessons and three hundred practice quizzes.

As well, signing up with this online course provider gives you direct access to instructors via email or live chat so if you have questions or need guidance they are available to you.

The cost

The cost to take these courses varies depending on the provider.

Security Guard Course offers two security training programs:

Ontario Security Training – First Aid not included
$99.00

Dual Package: Security Guard + Private Investigator

$325.00

Difficulty Level

It entirely depends on you. If you are good at applying yourself and handling your time, it will be much easier. If these are things you struggle with it will be a bit more difficult but you have access to a large network of support to help. This is a great opportunity for continuing education students or job seekers.

If you are interested in learning more about this training course or signing up with us, check out the link below.

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How much money do security guards make?

Are you looking to start a new career? Does Security sound like a good fit for you? It’s essential to know everything about the job you are looking into. We are here to help.

How much a security guard makes is dependent upon three things: location, training and experience.

Average Security Guard Salaries by Province

Location is one of the three factors that contribute to security guard salaries. The following wages were gathered from Indeed. Security Guards in Canada make an average of $16.62. Salaries will vary based on if you work in the public or private security sector.

Ontario

$16.50

Quebec

$18.57

Manitoba

$16.12

British Columbia

$17.85

Saskatchewan

$16.17

Alberta

$17.43

New Brunswick

$14.30

Nova Scotia

$14.04

P.E.I

$14.42

Yukon

$18.94

Newfoundland

$16.27

Nunavut

$17.33

How does experience affect your pay?

Experience is going to be the most significant factor in determining your pay. The more experience you have, the better your income. In general, at least two years of experience working as a security guard is the minimum amount of experience you can have and see an increase in your salary.

How does education affect your pay?

There are many benefits to continuing education, but the biggest is how it can boost your salary. Having a certificate or degree that is relevant to the security industry can increase your salary as a security guard, in some cases as much as double what someone with only a high school diploma would earn. This does not include the special training you will need to go through to get your license, as every security guard must take it.

What are my Career paths and Pay Rates?

As a security guard, there are many branches you can go into (including average salary):

  • Security Supervisor $18.45 per hour
  • Security Officer $17.38 per hour
  • Cyber-security specialist $23.71 per hour
  • Armed guard $21.11 per hour
  • Border security $26.02 per hour
  • Private security consultant $57.14 per hour
  • Correctional officer $28.44 per hour
  • Fire protection specialists $21.97 per hour
  • Private detective or investigator $24.98 per hour
  • Policing $31.38 per hour

Each one comes with its own unique requirements. If you are interested in expanding into one of these security sectors, we recommend researching what you need to do to be prepared and successful.

Bonuses/Benefits

As well as your salary, working as a security guard can also give you access to benefits and bonuses, the scale of which depends on your employer. The most common type of bonus given out to security guards is holiday and individual performance-based bonuses. Most security guards are offered benefits for medical, dental and vision.

Is a career in Security the right choice for you?

Now that we have covered all the bases in terms of the pay for security guards, you can begin your security journey.

There are many more things to consider when looking into working at a security company. So here are some next steps for you:

  • Research requirements for your location (including education, licensing, age and criminal record)
  • Find a Security Training course approved by your province/state (which will teach you about security protocols, maintaining order, and report writing)
  • Get your license
  • Start working as a Security Guard

If you are unsure how to get started in Security, or are looking for a security job, check out our website, www.baigsecurity.com or send us an email at [email protected]

Have questions about the security guard training program? Check out our post on security training in Canada here: https://qr.ae/pGIMbI

What are the requirements to become a security guard?

So you want to be a security guard? Don’t know where to start? If your answer is yes, Baig Security is here to help you.

This post covers: 

  • How do I get a security guard licence?
  • How long do you have to go to school to be a security guard?
  • How much does it cost to become a security guard?

How do I get a security guard licence?

To be a security guard you need to have a security guard license. Each province and territory has different rules in regards to licensing, so make sure to check these requirements before you get started. 

If you live in Ontario click the link below to see the requirements and licensing process. 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/security-guard-or-private-investigator-licence-individuals#section-0

To get your license you need to take a training course. If you are licensed in a different province then where you are practicing you will need to get that provinces license. 

There are three things you need to be to be able to take a training course. You must be over the age of eighteen, have a clean criminal background, and can legally work in Canada. All courses are 40 hours, and you receive a training completion number at the end.

Here is a link to an Ontario certified training course:

https://baigsecurity.com/training

Our training hub offers:

We offer many features to help with completing your training. Not only is it entirely self-paced (meaning you can work as fast or as slow as you need without penalties), signing up with them also gives you access to more than eighty video lessons and three hundred practice quizzes.

As well, signing up with this security licensing training course provider gives you direct access to instructors via email or live chat so if you have questions or need guidance they are available to you.

To earn your license you need to pass the training course for your province, receive aid training and take an exam. Once you’ve taken the exam you will receive your license. 

 

Educational requirements

You need a minimum of a highschool diploma to work as a security guard. However, if you get further education, like a certificate or degree, you will be more likely to have a higher salary. See more about salary and pay on our other blog page https://baigsecurity.com/blog/how-much-money-do-security-guards-make

Below we’ve listed a few relevant degrees and certificates that might help you in the security industry.

Certificates examples:

De-escalating

Management

Non-violent confrontation

Degree examples: 

Law

Criminal Justice

How much does it cost to become a security guard?

There are few costs associated with becoming a security guard.

The biggest cost is the training course. The price varies depending on what course provider you sign up with. 

The Licensing exam

How much is the test?

The price of the security test is $75.15 after tax in Ontario. 

Hopefully this post has helped you to understand the requirements to be a security guard. 

Check out our other articles on the security industry at https://baigsecurity.com/blog

Any questions? Ask them on our quora, link below.

https://www.quora.com/profile/Baig-Security

What is the Security Guard License Test and How to Prep for it

Looking to get your license so you can work as a security guard for a security services firm? This article will guide you through important areas of security guard services to know when taking the test, as well as basic information on how the test is conducted and links you might find helpful while studying to pass your Security Guard License test. 

Disclaimer: This guide is not a substitute for a paid security license training course. 

About the Security Guard License Test

The Ontario Security Guard test is a written, sixty question test, in a multiple choice format. The test appointments are two hours in duration, 75 minutes of which is the allotted test completion time.

The license test costs $66.50 plus HST, which comes to a total of $75.15.

You will receive the results of your test within five days of completing it. If you don’t receive it by the end of this time, contact your test provider. The lowest passing mark is a 62% for this test. 

As well, all tests must be booked in advance, regardless of if its in person or online.

Eligibility  

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You can only  register to take the security guard test, if you have successfully completed the mandatory training course (that meets the requirements set out by the ministry of Ontario) or have already received your license and are re-registering.  

As well, remember that in order to register for a test, you will need a training completion number from your basic training course provider.

Study Tips

Now that you have an understanding of what the test is like, and if you are eligible to take it, let’s talk about study tips. 

Breakdown the topics you need to study by section. For example, report writing, Canadian Legal System, Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, surveillance, aid cpr, etc. This helps you to ensure you don’t forget any topics, as well, you can always self quiz after you complete each section to check your understanding of the literature. 

Here are the topics you should cover:

Introduction to the Security Industry

The Act and Code of Conduct

Basic Security Procedures

Report Writing

Health & Safety

Emergency Response Preparation

The Canadian Legal System

Legal Authorities

Communications

Sensitivity Training

Use of Force Theory

Emergency First Aid Certification

Test Tips

Appendix A – WHIMS

Appendix B – APCO

Click the links above to access Ministry approved literature to study from. Hopefully this guide helps you get an idea of how to set yourself up for success when taking your Security License test and get you to work in the security industry  as a highly trained guard. 

For more information on Security Training, Licensing go to www.baigsecurity.com/blog today.

For information on the ministry’s Training and Testing Regulation, on the topics covered in the training syllabi and the tests, you must contact the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch:

Phone: 416-212-1650 or toll-free at 1-866-767-7454

E-mail: [email protected]

To book a test, and for any information regarding test scheduling and payment, you must contact the ministry’s test delivery agent, Serco DES Inc.:

Phone: 1-866-248-2555

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.ontariosecuritytesting.com