Security training

Guarding Skills (4N1118)


The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the an indepth knowledge of guarding skills to include: search procedures, report writing and other fundamental retail/industrial guarding skills.






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Learning Outcomes


Learners will be able to:

  1. 1 Explain the legislation, regulations and standards governing the provision of a private security service to include reference to the Private Security Services legislation, relevant national and international standards and the role of the Private Security Authority
  2. Explain the role of private security services in relation to other agencies which deal with crime and loss prevention
  3. Distinguish between legal codes and practices relating to the role of the security officer to include - criminal and civil law, rights of the individual, health and safety legislation, equality legislation and security industry licensing requirements and relevant national and international standards
  4. Explain the status of representatives of authorised bodies entering premises to include a member of An Garda Siochana, fire officer, health and safety inspector, representative of the security industry regulatory body
  5. Contrast the role and responsibilities of a security officer employed directly by a client in-house and the provision of a contract security service
  6. State the principal points of relevant national labour regulations
  7. Explain a range of personal and professional qualities required of a security officer
  8. Indicate relevant health and safety requirements, including dealing with fire, that impact on the duties and responsibilities of the security officer
  9. Explain what is meant by loss and fraud prevention
  10. Explain what is meant by reasonable and necessary force
  11. Outline appropriate on-site cash handling procedures
  12. Carry out the duties and procedures required of a security officer
  13. Respond appropriately to security incidents and emergencies
  14. Use a variety of supporting security tools and equipment
  15. Demonstrate appropriate procedures for dealing with a suspect
  16. Demonstrate a range of procedures for loss prevention and identification
  17. Demonstrate procedures for the preservation of a scene of crime, the recording of incidents and liaison with appropriate agencies and organisations
  18. Use appropriate communications skills and a range of customer service techniques in a variety of situations in the workplace

Obtaining a security skills Guarding qualification will enable you to work in the following establishment types:

  1. Shopping centres
  2. Hospitals
  3. Non-licenced premises
  4. Constructions sites
  5. Airports
  6. Government buildings

Programme details

  • Award Title: Guarding Skills (4N1118)

  • Duration: Duration of 100 hours, 50 hours Directed learning, 50 Hours self directed.

  • Entry requirements: QQI level 3 certificate or equivalent and/or relevant life and work experiences

  • Award Type: Minor Award

  • Framework Level: NFQ Level 4

  • Awarding Body: QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)

  • Assessment:
    1. Assignment
    2. Examination

  • Protection for learners:NCU Training is one of only seven fully bonded and insured ICPA (Irish Course Providers Association) member training providers in Ireland. If you train with us your course is fully insured for refund of all fees in case of disruptions. *This is only available on courses of three months in Duration

  • Complaints procedure:It is your right as a client of our service to make a complaint if you feel your experience with us falls short of what you expected. We want the process to be easy, effective and fair. If you would like to make a complaint you can either call us on 01-8479463 or email us directly at complaints@ncultd.ie

Price and next starting date.

  • Price: €199 (Excluding certification fee)
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