Security Officer Information Brochure

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Contents

What to do if you want to become a security officer.
You need to register
How to register
Requirements for registration
The registration process
Where to find us
    Pretoria
    Kwazulu Natal
    Eastern Cape
    Western Cape
    Mpumalanga
    Limpopo Province
    Kokstad
    Johannesburg

What to do if you want to become a security officer.

If you want to become a security officer, make sure that you receive your training at a training establishment that is accredited with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).

Be aware of “fly-by-night” training centres and first check with PSIRA whether or not the training establishment you go to for training is accredited with PSIRA before you pay your money – call the Training Hotline on 012 3375506 to check.

Remember that paying your money and getting a certificate without actually doing any training is illegal. More importantly, you are putting your life in danger. If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, you may not know how to respond if you have not received the correct training. You could also be endangering the lives of your colleagues, your clients and the public.

If you have experienced problems with a PSIRA accredited training establishment, please do not hesitate to contact SIRA’s training services division on (012) 337-5506 / 337-5513.

You need to register

After you have completed your training, you need to register at your nearest PSIRA office. No person may work as a security officer, unless he or she is registered and trained as a security service provider in terms of Section 20 of the Private Security Industry Regulations Act, 2001 (Act no 56 of 2001).

How to register:

  • complete and sign the SIRA-1 application form;
  • submit a clear, certified and complete set of your fingerprints;
  • provide SIRA with a certified copy of the first page of your official identity document or proof of your permanent resident status in South Africa;
  • hand in a recent, clear and certified passport size photograph of yourself;
  • submit your original training certificate or other proof, acceptable to SIRA, that you have complied with the applicable training requirements;
  • pay SIRA an application fee of R48.10 for registration as a security officer, R28.50 for an identification card as well as R7.98; and
  • a monthly fee of R7.98.

Requirements for registration

Any person who wants to become a security officer, may be registered as a security service provider if the applicant is a fit and proper person to render a security service, and –
  • is a citizen of or has permanent resident status in South Africa.
  • is at least 18 years of age;
  • has done the relevant training for registration as a security service provider;
  • was not found guilty of a criminal offence specified in the Schedule within 10 years before the submission of application for registration;
  • was not found guilty of improper conduct in terms of the Private Security Industry Regulations Act, 2001 (act No 56 of 2001) within five years before the submission of the application to SIRA;
  • hand in a clearance certificate, if the applicant is a former member of any official military, security, police or intelligence force or service in South Africa or elsewhere;
  • is mentally sound;
  • is not currently employed in the Public Service;
  • has paid the relevant application fee; and
  • is not a person in the permanent employ of the Service, the Directorate of Special Operations, the National Intelligence Agency, the South African Secret Service, the South African National Defence Force or the Department of Correctional Services.

The registration process

As part of the registration process and before you can be registered as a security officer, you must undergo a fingerprint screening classification by the criminal-record centre of the SAPS, to ensure that you have never been convicted of a scheduled criminal offence. As a result, the registration process takes 6 to 8 weeks before it is finalised

You will receive a certificate of registration and an identification card from SIRA as soon as your registration process is finalised and on condition that your registration meet the requirements as set out above.

Where to find us


PSIRA’s head office building is situated at:
481 Belvedere Street
Arcadia
Pretoria
0082
Helpdesk: (012) 3375530 / (012) 337 5506 / (012) 337-5510 / (012) 337 5520

PSIRA’s Kwazulu Natal office is situated at:

1st floor, Stamford building
28 Kent Road
Stamfordhill
Durban
4001
Helpdesk: (031) 3094404

PSIRA’s Eastern Cape office is situated at:

Southern Life Building
84 Govan Mbeki Street
Port Elizabeth
6000
Help desk: (041) 585 1848

PSIRA’s Western Cape office is situated at:

Thibault Building
2nd Floor
Hans Strydom Ave
Thibault Square
Cape Town
7500
Helpdesk: (021) 4252370

PSIRA’s Mpumalanga office is situated at:

21 Brander Street
Nelspruit
1200
Helpdesk: (013) 7524059

PSIRA’s Limpopo Province office is situated at:

Parklane Building
2nd floor, Room 204
76 Hans van Rensburg Street
Polokwane (Pietersburg)
Helpdesk: (015) 2970209.

PSIRA’s Kokstad office is situated at:
25 Dower Street
Kokstad
Helpdesk: (039) 727 3005-8

PSIRA’s Johannesburg office is situated at:
1st Floor Intec House
130 cnr. Marshall & Eloff Streets
Johannesburg
0002
Helpdesk: (011) 3310300
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