As a business paying for a service, you expect the very best results and attention to detail. However this is not always the case and more commonly, slack service has become present in the Private Security Industry. With the amount of time it takes to undergo training, the heavy costs involved in the security training as well as the lengthily time it takes to complete a security check and register new security guards, more and more security guard candidates end up working for unregistered companies or go look for work in other industries. The lengthily wait often leaves them feeling desperate for work resulting in them turning towards an “easier” solution.
There are over 200 000 unregistered security guards working in South Africa. This means that there are hundreds of non PSIRA compliant security companies roaming the streets of South Africa. Even more worrying is the amount of unlicensed weapons that these non- compliant security guards and companies are handling on a daily basis. Residential Corporate Bodies too contribute this by hiring their own security guards who are not PSIRA registered. The consequences of this might not seem detrimental however the truth of the matter is that any non- PSIRA complaint business is liable to a hefty fine or a prison sentence of up to 2 years.
How do I register as a security officer?
In order to become a PSIRA compliant security officer it is vital that the correct training is completed. To represent a PSIRA compliant security company as per the clause in PSIRA 2001, it is absolutely critical that all training is completed by an accredited SASSETA training centre. Upon completing training, the security candidate will qualify with a Grade D. There are however various levels that are necessary to reach as one’s career in the security industry lengthens and responsibility increases.
- Grade A (highest level of qualification)
- Grade B (Managerial Level)
- Grade C (Supervisory Level, may train for Cash – In – Transit, Armed Response and Special Events)
- Grade D (Entry Level)
- Specialist Training or Banking and Retail Industries
Many people seeking jobs as security guards fall victim to companies who pose as registered, PSIRA compliant businesses. Security training however is only recognised if it was received at an accredited training institution. These are randomly reported on and monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that all is in order.
The sad realisation of the businesses who are not PSIRA compliant is that they pay their security guards below minimum wage. This then results in security staff turning to crime. The reality of the situation is that in South Africa, there is a need for security companies. This gives the unauthorised companies a chance to open their doors to business, often persuading innocent business owners and landlords of their “valuable service offering.”
Contact Mentirho should you have any queries regarding your security needs.