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How to get a security job as a CCTV operator

How to get a security job as a CCTV operator


Starting a career as a CCTV operator in the security industry is easy when you have the right guidance. We’re here to do just that and guide you through the entire process to help kick start your career. 

SIA Licence required

First, you must complete an SIA training course to get your SIA licence. This is a legal requirement for working in security. To work as a CCTV operator, you need a CCTV operator’s licence


As a CCTV operator you will have many duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Customer Support Services 
  • Alarm management
  • CCTV Monitoring 
  •  Technical Administration

Some of your duties may also include scheduling the rotation of security officers, as well as monitoring check-ins from the rest of the team who may be out on patrol and reporting back. You will also have the responsibility of providing backup through communication to other security officers who may radio in if they detect suspicious activities. You will join a team considered the communication hub of the security team and will respond to incoming calls as well as dispatch calls. You will be expected to be great at multitasking as you will be responsible for many parts of communication within your security team.

Earning potential

In this role you can expect an hourly rate of up to £13 an hour. 

Course cost

The CCTV Operator licence costs £190 and is valid for 3 years. 

Once you have received your licence, you can start applying for jobs in your local area. To do this, simply, download the Get Licensed app available on Apple App Store and Google Play store or use our online jobs board to find security jobs in your area.

We wish you all the best for your future career as a CCTV operator!

Latest CCTV operator jobs 

If you have an SIA licence and you are looking for work, here are a few of the latest job opportunities available on the Get Licensed app that you can explore:

Job roleLocationPay per hourJob Details
CCTV controller Bath£11.2CCTV Bath 
CCTV operatorWorthing£11CCTV Worthing 
CCTV controllerNorth London£10.41CCTV North London 
CCTV controllerLeeds£10.15CCTV controller Leeds 
CCTV operatorKingston Upon Time £10CCTV Kingston 


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