Venue Security Officer

A Venue Security Officer is required to ensure the safety and security of their assigned venue, along with its visitors and staff.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


Door Supervisor Licence

Total cost

Between £350 and £440 including your licence fee

How to become a Venue Security Officer

To become a Venue Security Officer, you must first obtain an SIA Door Supervisor Licence.

To get an SIA Door Supervisor Licence, you will need to successfully attend the 6 day course, as well as pass all of the multiple-choice exams and practical assessments. The SIA Door Supervisor Licence training starts at £249.99 and has a licence fee of £190.00, which is valid for three years.


Some employers will require that you have previous experience as a Door Supervisor, working at a bar or club, for example.

Become a Venue Security Officer

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

Book your Door Supervisor course

This is the first step to become a Venue Security Officer

Pass the course

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 Venue Security Officer jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

The daily responsibilities of a Venue Security Officer can vary slightly depending on the company that you are working for. However, some of the most common responsibilities include:

  • Checking personal belongings of people entering the venue
  • Scanning/checking venue tickets 
  • Completing security documentation
  • Supervising and controlling access to your assigned location at the venue
  • Communicating clearly with staff at all levels of the organisation


In summary, Venue Security Officers are expected to keep their assigned venue safe and secure, while providing a pleasant experience for all visitors and staff.

Being a Venue Security Officer, you likely be required to work nights and weekends, as this is when venue events are typically held. Some companies will schedule you on a 4 on 4 off basis, but again, this does depend on your employer and length of the event.

It is important to keep in mind that often enough, Venue Security Staff is temporary. Meaning that it’s a great option for those who are looking for something short term and sporadic.

How much does a Venue Security Officer actually earn

The average salary of a Venue Security Officer can vary depending on previous experience, qualifications and the company that you are working for.

Typically, Venue Security Officers can make anywhere between £9.50 to £11.50 hourly.


Behind The Licence

Hear from Donna who has worked at numerous venues as well as her experience working with Drake at the O2 on his United Kindom tour. Whilst telling us her story about working alongside Drake, she also continues to explain her experience and views on working within the Security industry - How she got trained, what she enjoys, and what she views as the difficulties within the job position.


Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Friendly and Approachable
  • Alert
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Detail Oriented

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