What Course Should I Choose?
The main aim of the blog article is to help those who are trying to get their foot into the door for the Private Security industry but still need some help with regards to the courses they should do. The golden rule we tell all applicants upfront is that 50% depends on your selected industry as well as your future potential employer and what they are after and the other 50% rests on the course that you are doing as well as its accreditation. Lets go!]
At BCSS, we only endorse the best courses out there. All advanced CPP as well as high risk type of training is conducted by experienced Ex-Mil as well as Special Forces operators from all parts of the world. This ensures you receive the highest level of relevant training as in addition to delivering a hugely diverse range of courses to suite your taste. We encourage that you talk to a future employer first to get an idea of what they are after if they specifically need to have you accredited. The reason behind accrediting is to say "I the trainer who served overseas certify that this person knows what they are doing and is not a nutjob".
Just remember, its not about running around kit and handling firearms. If, you are completely new to the industry (with no firearms experience) and think you can hit 60K in 2-3 months just by simply attending a weapons familiarization course for $1000USD then of course something doesn't seem right. Especially when you look at the defence forces staff that you have to compete with for the same job.
Can Civilians Join?
Of course, you might find that you will need to do extra work. If you have never touched a firearm before we can quite happily recommend a few training providers either in Australia or the US to help get you started. If you are going in dry for the first time, we also do a 1-day online workshop at BCSS which helps prepare people for heading off to hostile environments. This is not a 'sugar flake course' as it talks about practical cases overseas which will open your eyes up with regards to what to expect and is open to both civilian and military. Our main aim is for you to keep your head screwed on either mentally or physically by the time you integrate back home :-)
What Should I do next?
It might pay to check out the advertised jobs to see what they are looking for in order to give you an idea of what the industry wants. HART International might be a good start for you. At the end of the day, it will depend on experience. Ex mil guys that do the accredited courses are more than likely to hit 1000 a day after two contracts that someone that has not touched a firearm before (again, it depends on your training and determination). You just have to do the extra training plus anything else they ask for to give yourself the best chance. The gold standard out there at the moment for CPP is a SIA accredited course. They have to run for a minimum of 17 days. This will get you foot in the door for embassy work and the recommendation letter from the ex-SOF guys on the course (sometimes they'll throw in a good word for you) will be the icing on the cake for your application. The courses in the US are also recognized (all are NRA accredited) and will definitely get your foot in the door in the Americas. There is a reason why we tell people to look at their industry first THEN select the course based on that since it will save you a lot of money. For example, my background is in counter-terrorism and intel. Because I have a specific goal in mind I can still do a course that is not SIA accredited and find work for my field as a specialist. I currently have a guy with me that is not accredited but has been trained by intelligence so its word of mouth from there onwards. In terms of training, the I recommend him to do a NSA certified course in the US but that depends on which work he will decide to pick up in the future "Investigative desk work vs. front-line intelligence collection in a hostile environment." I dont encourage people to waste their money on courses but I dont expect them to know what company they have in mind to work for already, especially if they are new to the industry which is why we talk all our potential clients through. If you need anything, do let us know and we will be more than happy to help. Cheers, we always look forward to hearing from you.