Section overview

The trainer provides a summary of the principal duties and responsibilities necessary to work effectively in the security industry. Students will learn to interpret and comply with the legal requirements of their occupation as well as identify job roles and responsibilities.

Suggested duration

In class: 2 hours
Outside class: 2 hours

Minimum requirements

  • describe and compare the different jobs in the security industry (e.g. private investigation, security services, loss prevention, and patrol services)
  • describe the occupation of a security guard with respect to the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform well
  • describe the job specifications, activities, and demands of a security guard (e.g. travel, off-hours, stress, risks, dangers, etc.)
  • explain differences between private security and police officers

Note: It is recommended that the learning journal be introduced in this section if the trainer chooses to use the journal as a teaching mechanism throughout the course.


The trainer provides the student with a background on the security industry including the changes in the industry as a result of the new Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA). S/he introduces the student to the challenges and benefits of becoming a security guard. The role of a security guard with respect to the public should be discussed.

Working/detailed knowledge


Suggested methodology

  1. pre-reading of job description and introductory materials
  2. lecture
  3. introductory video
  4. facilitated discussion of the demands placed on security guards
  5. learning journal

Suggested training evaluation for section

A quiz on the relevant sections of the PSISA and Code of Conduct.