The Different Grading Of Security Guards

How does it work?

The South African private security sector is governed by the Private Security Regulation Act, which states that all guarding security officers must be registered before they may be employed. Companies that employ their own in-house security offices need to be registered with PSIRA as a security provider. Security guards are graded according to their qualifications, experience and training.

Naspoti Security goes one step further by conducting the following:

  • Aptitude test
  • Site specific tests
  • Pre-employment polygraph testing
  • Security screening
The roles and responsibilities of guards differ and are dependent on the grade that the guard has obtained. The lowest grade for security officers in South Africa is grade D, with the highest being grade A.

Prices are governed by PSIRA and can be viewed on the PSIRA website.

What’s is expected from each grade?

Grade D Security Guards
A Grade D’s main function is access control.

Grade C Security Guards
A Grade C’s main function is access control of a higher risk area and supervision of lower grade security officers.

Grade B Security Guards

  • A Grade B’s main function is access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills might be required.
  • A site or shift commander.
  • Managing of lower grade security officers.
  • Possible inspector doing site visits.

Grade A Security Guards
  • A grade A’s main function would normally be a site manager or commander.
  • Controlling and managing a number of functions.
  • Managing the security workforce
  • Conducting risk assessments and evaluations on site daily.
  • Basic investigative skills.
  • Problem solving.
  • Designing security solutions.


  • When selecting the grade of a security officer make sure to assess the officer on site prior to confirming the appointment. It is not uncommon to find a more skilled and capable individual that is of a lower grade.
  • Prices are governed by PSIRA and can be viewed on the PSIRA website
  • Avoid fly by night companies. A guideline to a reputable security company would be that the pricing is governed.

What To Consider When Choosing A Guarding Company

Choosing a guarding company that is right for your business is crucial in combating crime within your company. A guarding company needs to be honest and reliable so that you can have peace of mind knowing that they are there to help you and your business eradicate crime.

So what should you consider when choosing a guarding company?

  • They are an accredited security company with all employees accredited.
  • They pay their employees the Gazetted rates.
  • They have a management support structure of experienced investigators, polygraphists and security experts with a proven track record.
  • You also want a guarding company that employs only the best employees, forming a team that can understand you and your company’s unique needs. Each employee needs to be able to assess each situation and react to it in the appropriate manner. This requires experience and skills. Guarding companies should provide their staff with training that is second to none.
  • A guarding company should be committed to partnerships and constant improvement. A guarding company that is not committed to making constant improvements runs the risk of stagnating and losing the fight against crime. Methods of crime are constantly evolving and a guarding company needs to be aware of this and strive to adapt to these methods in order to combat them.
  • A guarding company’s packages also need to be affordable and need to be able to suit your company’s needs.

Why You Should Choose Naspoti Security

Our Group’s foundation in the field of intelligence gathering is always evident in the manner in which we recruit and deploy our staff including our security guards.

Below we cover the areas that are considered when we employ our guarding staff:

  • Security Risk Assessment
  • Undercover Agents
  • Guarding Recruitment & Selection Process
  • Polygraph Tests
  • Training & Development

Security Risk Assessment

At Naspoti Security we assure the safety and security of your people, property and customers through the customised integration of technology and professional personnel, delivering guaranteed value and peace of mind. Our Integrated Asset Protection is made up of six (6) key elements that we will apply to your business to create a master plan for your security program:

1.Site Assessment:
Naspoti will conduct an in-depth survey of your facility, according to “Best Security Practices”. Including an analysis of demographics and incidents that have an impact on your facility.

2. Policy & Procedure Review:
We’ll compare your current security policies & procedures to the site assessment, and suggest & implement improved security procedures. In many cases this can be achieved without a higher cost.

3. Electronics:
Naspoti will evaluate your current electronic security system against your needs and advise on improvements. By integrating various systems, such as your current and/or new state-of-the-art technology, we can heighten the integrity of your security and this could result in lowering the operating costs.

4. Intelligence:
We conduct a thorough assessment of your internal intelligence gathering capacity and level of business intelligence protection.

5. Security Staffing:
Naspoti will evaluate your current security officer postings and staffing along with the above-listed elements, and make recommendations on improvements.

6. Transitional Planning:
We assign a management transition team to develop a written timetable and measurable goals and objectives for transition activities, ensuring confidence in our clients and building our credibility.

Undercover Agents

We make every effort to recruit trustworthy guards. We even infiltrate undercover agents amongst our guards to “keep an eye” on them, and ensure they are not being drawn into criminal activities.

Syndicates are known to target security as a way to breach the first line of defence.
“You’re only as strong as your weakest link”, this saying holds truth and that’s why we have our undercover agents in place to spot these weaknesses before they affect our clients.

Guarding Recruitment & Selection Process

Our approach to contractual security enables us to manage people, procedures, intelligence and technology in a manner that achieves real value and peace of mind for our clients.

  • How do you know if the security solution that you have chosen is the right one for you or your company?
  • How do you know that the guard at your front gate is not actually part of a syndicate, planning to clear out your business or home?

Naspoti Security relies on extensive screening processes when recruiting and undertakes intensive candidate evaluations for specific jobs.
Interviews are conducted; criminal records are checked along with qualifications and past employment history. Then we move onto polygraph tests.

Polygraph Tests

Naspoti Security will only consider hiring staff that have passed a polygraph test.

The polygraph test involves asking the potential candidate questions which enable the polygraphist to determine whether they are part of a syndicate or have committed any crimes. Our polygraphists have uncovered some scary facts from potential candidates.

Our employees are also tested randomly and on an ongoing process.
It is not legally enforceable to under-go a polygraph test and no-one can be forced to take it. However, most people with a clear conscience are only too keen to prove their innocence of criminal activities.

Training & Development

Naspoti Security is committed to employee training and development, which is second-to-none in the contract security industry.

Well-designed, professionally executed training programs help produce knowledgeable and motivated employees, which results in lower turnover, less absenteeism, and higher standards of performance.

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