Guarding Skills

At Kingstown College (Executive Coaching Solutions), we offer professional QQI accredited Guarding Skills training to individuals or groups working in the Licensed Trade, Off License Trade, Hoteliers, Nightclub Owners/Managers, Security Event Managers, Retail Outlets and any organisation where a professional, effective security strategy is imperative.

This 5 day Guarding Skills course provides the training necessary to ensure a professional service to the public at all times based on the requirements for licensing of individuals within the guarding services.

Guarding Skills Course Details

CourseGuarding Skills Course
QualificationGuarding Skills – QQI Level 4 (4N1118)
PriceThe cost of this programme is only €200

PSA Licence fee – €90 Security Guard Licence & €150 Door Supervisor Licence

Combined Security Course & Security Guard licence €300

Kingstown College accepts funding from SOLAS, Local Employment Services, etc.

LocationHarbour View Business Centre, Dun Laoghaire. Co Dublin
Portlaoise Parish Centre, Stradbally Rd, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Upcoming Datestbc
Options to BookPhone: 1890 788 788 (Lo Call)
Text: 0860420035
Email: [email protected]

Learn more about our Guarding Skills course

Guarding Skills course outline

Work Place Familiarisation

  • Emergency equipment
  • Use of security equipment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Personal development

Practical Skills Demonstrations

  • Searching an individual
  • Use of 2-way radio/ Telephone
  • Use of fire extinguishers
  • Team Work
  • Action on finding an injured person
  • Use of a note book/report writing


  • 20 questions
  • Case Studies

Since January 2013, Security Training for PSA License is being delivered through a blended learning approach involving a minimum of 30 hours class time and up to 100 hours self-directed learning.  You will also be required to conduct a home-study element of the programme prior to attending, covering more theoretical aspects of the programme.  All practical aspects of the programme will be covered in class using roleplays, videos, handouts and PowerPoint presentations.

Available locations for our Guarding Skills course

We currently offer Guarding Skills course nationwide.

Our most popular locations in Ireland are Dublin, Cork, Galway, Athlone, Portloaise  and Mullingar.

What will you learn from our Guarding Skills course?

Guarding Skills course participants will

  • Learn about 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
  • Explain the role of private security services in relation to other agencies which deal with crime and loss prevention
  • 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
  • Explain the status of representatives of authorised bodies entering premises to include members of An Garda Síochána, fire officers, health and safety inspectors and representatives of the security industry regulatory body
  • Contrast the role and responsibilities of a security officer employed directly by a client in-house and the provision of a contract security service. State the principal points of relevant national labour regulations
  • Explain a range of personal and professional qualities required of a security officer
  • Indicate relevant health and safety requirements, including dealing with fire, which impact on the duties and responsibilities of the security officer
  • Explain what is meant by loss and fraud prevention
  • Explain what is meant by reasonable and necessary force
  • Outline appropriate on-site cash handling procedures
  • Carry out the duties and procedures required of a security officer
  • Respond appropriately to security incidents and emergencies
  • Use a variety of supporting security tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate appropriate procedures for dealing with a suspect
  • Demonstrate a range of procedures for loss prevention and identification
  • Demonstrate procedures for the preservation of a scene of crime, the recording of incidents and liaison with appropriate agencies and organisations
  • Learn how to use appropriate communication skills with a wide range of customers

Why train with Kingstown College?

  • Kingstown College (Training Provider Executive Coaching Solutions Ltd) is a QQI Validated Training Provider. Our high quality, skills-based and client focused security training courses range from site specific training through to comprehensive training and services within specialised security areas.
  • Our Guarding Skills instructors are experts in the subjects they teach with a real understanding of the needs of the Security Industry in Ireland today. Most importantly, all of our security training courses are recognised by the Private Security Authority.

Guarding Skills course fees

The cost of this programme is only €200.  You will not find a higher quality training programme at better value anywhere else in Ireland.

PSA Licence fee – €90 Security Guard Licence & €150 Door Supervisor Licence.

Kingstown College accepts funding from SOLAS, Local Employment Services, etc.

Call our offices on 1890 788 788 for the latest offers.

Course Registration Requirements

All students attending must provide their Date of Birth and PPS number on arrival.

If you are an employee applying for a licence you will need to register on the PSA website.

Contact Us

Phone:  1890 788 788 (Lo Call)
Text:  086 042 0035
Email: [email protected]

Kingstown College (Executive Coaching Solutions) is a QQI Validated Training Provider.