National vocational qualification Security guard watchman

A security guard watchman is a person who directly performs the tasks of private security, and may implement measures and duties in accordance with legislative provisions.

Certain special conditions must be met for a person who wishes to acquire the qualification of a security guard watchman:

  • a doctor's note on their health ability to work as a security guard watchman issued by an occupational and sport medicine practitioner;
  •  evidence of completed primary school education.

 The professional training of security staff is implemented on three levels:

  • applicants acquire the knowledge and skills to perform the work and tasks of security staff through professional training to acquire national vocational qualifications;
  • with periodic professional training, security staff update and refresh their knowledge, and prepare themselves for a periodic test of professional competence;
  • professional training enables security staff to deepen and expand their expert knowledge, and prepare for a test of professional competence.

After completing the basic professional training, persons must attend periodic professional training every five years. The costs of periodic training depend on the contents. A person may attend professional training at any time.

If a person does not undergo periodic professional training within six months of the end of a five-year period after the basic professional training, it is considered that the person is not professionally competent and does not meet the conditions to perform private security.

A security worker who is qualified for several types of work is recognised as having undergone periodical professional training for other types of work if they complete training for a more demanding type of work in the following order: security manager, authorised engineer of security systems, security guard bodyguard, security control centre operator, security guard supervisor, security guard, security guard watchman and security technician.

Legal protection

  • Judicial remedy: Appeal

Legal basis/grounds

Last updated: 23. 09. 2016