Senior Security Officer

Legal definition for licensing – Property Guard

The role of Security Guards is to keep people, property and assets safe and to prevent crime. They prevent risks and deter crime, watch out for potential dangers and risks, and report issues that they may encounter.

Security Guards provide a preventative approach to crime whereas Police Officers and other law enforcement agents adopt a reactive response, looking to intervene or respond when crime and violence occurs, or following such events.

Mandatory Training (Unit Standards 27360, 27361 and 27364) is required for this role.

Career level

Early career

Pay rate

$25 to $30+ per hour

  • To be clearly visible
  • To be vigilant
  • To respond quickly and correctly during a crisis
  • Observing and reporting
  • Getting help
  • Checking and monitoring rules and policies
  • Maintain order amongst people
  • Receiving guests
  • Offer safety warnings and tips
  • Performing other special duties
  • Senior security person on site
Role Requirements
  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must be able to work irregular hours (24 x 7 industry)
  • Must be confident and capable of working alone
  • Must have reasonable fitness
  • Must have a clean criminal record
  • Preferable to hold a NZ Drivers Licence
  • Must have good written and spoken English
  • Requirement to complete mandatory training requirements to obtain Certificate of Approval to work in industry (3-month window to complete)
Skill Sets & Role Fit
  • Roles are non-gender and age specific
  • Good observation skills
  • Customer service focused
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking to others
  • Take pride in appearance (most roles require wearing of uniform)
  • Honesty and integrity
Working Conditions
  • Roles may be full-time, part-time or casual
  • Roles may involve working shifts and/or working nights
  • Location of roles may vary from working inside at a desk to outside exposed to the elements
Industry Training
  • Mandatory Training (Unit Standards 27360, 27361 and 27364)
  • NZCiS Level 3 (New Zealand Certificate in Security)
Indicative Pay Scales
  • Entry level –  $25+ per hour
  • Mid-level – $28+ per hour
  • High level – $30+ per hour
Industry Pathway Opportunities
  • Team Leader
  • Patrol Officer
  • Cash-in-transit Officer
  • Supervisor
  • Operations Manager
Other Sector Pathway Opportunities
  • Corrections
  • Police

This website is in an initiative of NZ Security Association, developed to promote the wide range of security careers on offer in New Zealand. The security industry is a growing sector with a range of exciting career pathways for you to progress through.