Training after Basic Licensing Units? Upskilling for PWM

“What’s next after getting the security licence? Do I still need to go for more training?”

To get the security licence, officers have to attend and pass 3 Basic Licensing Modules. The general perception is that after getting the licence, there is no need for further skills upgrading.

However, there is more to the security industry that what meets the eye. With the introduction of the Security Progressive Wage Model (PWM) in 2016, the security job is no longer an unexciting dead-end job with limited progression. Training has since become an essential component for career progression in the sector.

What is Progressive Wage Model?

PWM is a structured model that maps out 4 components: career, wage, training and job responsibilities. Each rung of the career ladder is defined by a baseline wage, training requirements and a list of responsibilities that the worker can undertake.

The PWM is implemented for the cleaning, security and landscape sectors via the government levers for each sector. Each PWM is specifically designed to be applicable and relevant to the sector. The PWMs are developed by the respective sectoral tripartite committees comprising of the government, employers and workers. With the PWM, workers now have a clear career progression pathway for their wages to commensurate with training and productivity improvements.

As the industry transforms, the PWMs have to be updated in tandem. Hence, the committees convene regularly to monitor and review the models to ensure that the PWMs stays relevant with changing times.

How is the Security PWM related to training?

The Security PWM introduces a 5-level career ladder – new entrants will start their career as a Security Officer (SO) and can progress to become a Chief Security Officer (CSO). Each level is defined by training requirements, years of experience, specific job scopes and a minimum basic salary.

This structured model is implemented across the entire security industry in Singapore. Thus, the qualifications attained is recognised by all employers. It means that workers need not wait for their employers to promote them to the next rank. Instead, officers can take charge of their career progression by going for structured training to prepare them to take on greater responsibilities. By meeting the training requirements and accumulating the minimum number of years in grade, workers can look forward to career progression that comes with better salary.

For the list of training requirements, you may refer to this page.