Average Salary For Security Guards In South Africa

A security guard is a person who protects a building or place during night and daytime.

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There is no full form for Security Guard but there is full for the word SECURITY alone, which is given below, S = Sensible. E = Efficient.

Security Guard Salary In South Africa

The average pay for a Security Guard is ZAR 132,802 a year and ZAR 64 an hour in South Africa. The average salary range for a Security Guard is between ZAR 101,517 and ZAR 160,656. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Security Guard.

How do I become a security guard in South Africa?

As with most careers, the first step in fulfilling your dream is to find out what and where you will need to study. When it comes to becoming a security guard, you will need to find a training provider that is accredited with the Safety & Security SETA (SASSETA).

Security guards are graded from A to E, based on their duties and level of responsibility. There are separate training courses for each grade.

Grade A: 

  • Site manager or commander
  • Controlling and managing a number of functions
  • Managing the security workforce
  • Conducting risk assessments and evaluations on site daily
  • Basic investigative skills
  • Problem solving
  • Designing security solutions

Grade B:

  • Access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills might be required
  • A site or shift commander
  • Managing of lower grade security officers
  • Possible inspector doing site visits

Grade C:

  • Access control of a higher risk area and supervision of lower grade security officers

Grades D & E:

  • Access control

Once you have completed your studies, you will then need to register with The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) before you can offer security services. The requirements for this are as follows:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a permanent resident of South Africa
  • Not have committed any of the scheduled offences listed in the Private Security Industry Regulation Act
  • Have completed training at an accredited training centre
  • Not be a member of any official military, security police or intelligence force in South Africa or elsewhere (clearance certificate is required for former members)

There is a once-off registration fee of R160, and an annual fee thereafter of R84.

How much is security guard training in South Africa?

You’ll need to attend a PSIRA Security Training Course or take our Self Study option. Phase #1 costs only R490 and will be completed in 48 hours.

If you want to start a Security Company in South Africa, we can also assist with PSIRA Registration and the Security Company Compliance documents you need.

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