Save and Protect Your Money Via Security Guard Training

To protect your business assets while saving money, utilize security guard training through online courses and customized curriculums.

Regardless of the industry, field, or nature of the business, we’re obligated to protect our assets and ensure that rules and procedures are being followed at all times. Many companies are turning to digital HD surveillance systems to monitor the workplace, but a team of skilled, reliable security guards will serve you better than the fastest, clearest cameras. Organizations can hire their own security team, or contract out and utilize the services of private security companies. And there are scores of qualified security guards looking for work, right? Wrong.

The lackluster jobs report in March revealed the large pool of unskilled laborers hasn’t gotten much smaller. People are looking for work, but many keep running into the brick wall of ‘not enough experience’ for the available positions, security guards included. The discouraging unemployment rate—which dropped a whole 0.1 percent from 8.3 to 8.2—is only aggravated by a lack of qualified workers. To make matters worse, the still-weak economy has many businesses unable to afford the quality security guard training needed to educate new security teams.

However, some companies hold onto their purse strings with an iron fist worthy of Margaret Thatcher and manage to hire and train new officers. Many adult learners are already privy to this secret: online classes. Security guard training via online courses guarantees a well-trained team and cost-savings. The alternative to using online security guard courses is paying for an in-house instructor, and depending on the number of new recruits and what specific courses they need, in-house training can cost you a first-born child.

Not only is online training cheaper, it can be customized for your company, facility, procedures, and individual knowledge levels. If some guards are familiar with emergency situations and handling bomb threats but can’t write a concise report, they can take private security training courses focusing on communication skills, writing field notes and drafting reports. Simultaneously, other hires can brush up on conducting proper preliminary investigations and how to work well with the local law enforcement community.

Security officer training must also be tailored to your region since security guard state requirements vary from state to state. For instance, Florida requires that each member of a security team have a “Class D” security license with 40 hours of training licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. If you’re not well versed on the security requirements for your state, you can trust that online training will incorporate them into the curriculum.

When your livelihood, property, and business are at stake—don’t just hope your security team has what it takes. It might be time to reevaluate: is your security foolproof?

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