Distribution Security Officer

The Distribution Security Officer has an important role when it comes to interacting with customers and staff. This is in addition to keeping the assets of the company that you have been assigned to safe and secure. Your range of typical duties will include, in many cases, being the first point of contact for incoming customers. Due to this, you will be expected to be knowledgeable about the various departments of the business that you are assigned to. You can also expect to be the person on the team who typically engages with the people that work at your assignment and who makes sure that visitors follow the right protocol to enter the building. It’s expected that you will always try to look sharp by maintaining your uniform and appearance. Again this is because you will more than likely be the first face that customers see when they enter the building to conduct business. Distribution Security Officers can expect to work at a variety of business places like banks and financial institutions.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


Door Supervisor Licence or Security Guard Licence

Total cost

Between £350 and £440 including your licence fee

How to become a Distribution Security Officer

Becoming a Distribution Security Officer is a great way to open the door to the world of security.

 Before you can be considered for employment you will have to obtain the relevant license. Two licenses are suggested for this position. They are the SIA Door Supervisor License or the Security Guard License . Both of these licenses will equip you with the skills that you need to properly carry out the duties of a Distribution Security Officer. They will help you learn about the essentials of security and how to efficiently carry out your role.  You can choose one out of the licenses but bear in mind the better qualified you are the more you stand to make a better wage.


Course cost

The general security guard course is a four-day course and costs £179.99. 

The SIA door supervisor license is a six-day course that also features multiple-choice exams as well as practical assessments. The training for the license starts at £199.99. For only an extra £20 and two days, we think it’s best to cover your bases and be licensed for venues and positions which involve the sale of alcohol. This way you can be posted to a wider variety of assignments which could mean more cash for you.

There is also a license fee to pay after training of £190.00 and it is valid for three years.

You can apply and pay for your license, at a local post office or online. The total cost of the course and the license is £439.99. Some companies also require that you have a CCTV License.


Legal Requirements

The SIA License requires you to:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have proof that you are allowed to work in the UK (such as visa)
  • A criminal background check
  • A mental health check
  • Have passed you SIA course


You can find out more about the mental health requirements as well as the criminal background check in other blogs on the site.

Become a Distribution Security Officer

Start a successful career as a Distribution Security Officer by following these steps:

Book your Door Supervisor course or Security Guard

This is the first step to become a Distribution Security Officer

Pass the course

Can consist of multiple choice exams and includes a physical assessment.

Apply for your SIA Licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Distribution Security Officer jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

Providing security will always be the top priority if you decide to dive into this career, however, in this specialization, your strength will be how you deal with customers.


Distribution Security Officer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage customers who are coming to your assignment and guide them to the relevant departments as requested
  • Work closely with management when it comes to theft prevention and detection
  • You may need to conduct regular patrols on-site to try to preempt any criminal activities
  • Prepare reports should any incidents arise
  • Monitor the various alarm systems at your assignment


Following training for this role, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Conduct regular area patrols
  • Complete security documentation  
  • Supervise and control access to your assigned location  
  • Communicate clearly with staff at all levels of the organization


Distribution Security Officers are also responsible for:  

  • Creating a safe work environment
  • Highlighting all breaches of security procedures
  • Providing detailed information and reports
  • Monitoring fire, intruder and CCTV systems when necessary
  • Support with access to the site for both people and vehicles


Working Conditions

Since you will be responsible for many different aspects of your assignment you should try as best as possible to maintain your physical fitness. Once you find the right team to work with you will find that job while fast-paced at times can also be fun. That’s mostly because you may be rotated at several different posts at your assignment. This might help stave off any boredom during your shift. That being said, expect to be on your feet a lot as regular patrols may also be part of your regular duties. It’s best to familiarize yourself with whatever product or service that the company is involved with as incoming customers will look to you for guidance.


Skills and personal qualities required: 

A Distribution Security Officer needs to be:

  • Detail-oriented 
  • Physically fit
  • A quick problem solver
  • Able to quickly communicate with the rest of the team and coordinate
  • Able to follow the correct security procedures
  • Knowledgeable of licensing laws and health and safety regulations
  • Able to write incident reports 


Education required

There are no specific qualifications such as GCSEs required to take your SIA course. However, because all you need is your SIA qualification you will be competing with a lot of people from countries around the world who have the right to work in the UK. You should have at least a strong command of English as you will be required to listen and understand situations as well as write reports and communicate with your team.


Benefits of the jobs:

  • Increased earnings as you learn more about the security industry
  • Developing real investigative skills
  • Learning more about the customer world
  • Learning how to respond to emergencies


Life skills you will acquire:

This job could give you the skills needed to become excellent at customer service. This could help you not just in the security field but in other aspects of job training as well. It could also help you to maintain your level of fitness as you try to stay in shape for the job. You will also develop the skills necessary for teamwork which could help you in your personal life.


You can also expect to:

  • Develop observational skills
  • Learn about property management skills
  • Learn how to be more patient

How much does a Distribution Security Officer actually earn

Wage rate and hours

As is common in the security industry you will find in most cases that you start off making less than your more senior counterparts. That’s because experience in this role is highly regarded as one nasty engagement with a customer could mean a loss for the business you are assigned to. That being said you can progress quickly through the ranks if you demonstrate your ability to professionally engage with customers and clients. You may start with a wage rate of about £9.50 an hour. You can also expect to work between 28 to 40 hours a week. Some of your hours may fall on the weekend.


How much does a Distribution Security Officer earn?

As we’ve said there are many opportunities for growth and if you stay dedicated to the role you could soon start making more. You may start off making around £9.50 an hour. As you gain the necessary experience on the job you could see that increase to about £13.00 an hour.


The table below shows how much you could earn: 



Typical weekly (40 hours) 

Typical annually (40 hours per week) 


£9.50 to £11

 £380 to £440

£19, 760- £22, 880


£11 to £13 

£440 to £520

£22, 880 - £27, 040




£27, 040+


 While the salary for this position may not seem great it can allow you the opportunity to learn about customer service. There is also a great chance that if you stick with it opportunities to move up the ranks will present themselves. You may also be able to acquire new skills when it comes to dealing with people in a business setting. When starting, you can expect to make about £9.50 an hour so you can expect an annual salary of at least £19,760. If you stick with it and keep taking advantage of the opportunity to learn it’s very possible to advance quickly. This could help you get to the point where you receive about £13.00 an hour and an annual salary of about £27,000.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Approachable
  • Multitasker
  • Organisational skills
  • Trustworthy
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategic Thinking

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