Over the years, training for private security guards with the private security industry has
ranged from a high standard in a few exceptional cases to mediocre and non existent in
The Private Security Regulation Authority, HEART Trust/NTA and the security industry
lead group, has collaborated in defining and establishing the minimum educational
requirements for Industrial Security Guards. The collaborations resulted in the
development of competency standards for the National Vocational Qualification of
Jamaica (NVQ-J) which is internationally recognized as a technical vocational qualification.
This formal training system includes:-
• The development of a national occupational standard
• The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with NCTVET to operate as the
Accredited Training Organization (ATO).
• Working with the security firms nationally to become Accredited Training
• The implementation of quality assurance systems through the National Council on
Technical & Vocational Education & Training (NCTVET).
• The Commencement of assessment & certification process.
The NVQ-J Level 1 certificate is designed to provide potential Security Guards with a firm
understanding of his/her role and the technical information required to execute his/her
duties. To achieve this qualification, all core competencies plus a minimum of one Level 1
Elective and one Level 2 Elective must be achieved.
Please note that certification of competency in any of the unit standards can be gained
through formal training or On the Job Experience. Certification of competency based on
On the Job Experience can be attained by scheduling assessment of guards by NCTVET
certified security industry Assessors. To arrange assessment of guards, please contact a
Training Agent (currently Bancroft Brown) of the Enterprise Based Training Department
(EBT), HEART Trust/NTA.
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