Training requirements under pwm for security industry

Securing a Better Future for Security Personnel

The Security Progressive Wage Model (PWM) introduces a 5-level career ladder for security officers – 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.

With this structured model, security officers can look forward to career progression in the industry. As they accumulate experience at work, they can undergo structured training to prepare them to take on greater responsibilities. In turn, they can look forward to career progression that comes with better salary. This industry-wide model also allows security officers to take charge of their own career regardless of their current deployment.

The table below summarises the training requirements under the Security PWM with effect from 1 November 2019.

Rank Training Requirements


  • 🗒Duties: General Screening; Guarding & Patrolling; Assess & Egress Control; Basic Incident Response)
3 Compulsory modules:

From 1 Jan 2020, security officers will be required to obtain a third basic licensing unit known as “Recognise Terrorist Threats (RTT). Those who do not complete RTT training by 1 Jan 2020 will still retain their licences, but can only be deployed at warehouses and condominiums until they complete RTT.


  • 🗒 Duties: Incident Response; Manage Security & Safety Systems; Regulate Traffic (Road Traffic Act); Monitor CCTV / Central Alarm / Fire Command Centre; Assist State / Auxiliary Police in Law Enforcement; Key Press Management
  • Experience Required: + 6 months experience as SO to progress to SSO
2 Compulsory modules:


  • 🗒 Duties: Incident Management & Reporting; Direct Supervision; Execute Evacuation Plans & Exercises
  • Experience Required: + 1 year experience as SSO to progress to SS
1 Compulsory module:

+ 2 of the following modules:


  • 🗒 Duties: In-Charge of CCTV Centre / Central Alarm Monitoring Centre / Fire Command Centre; Conduct Security & Risk Assessment; Higher Supervision
  • Experience Required: + 1 year 6 months experience as SS to progress to SSS
1 Compulsory module:

+ 3 of the following modules:

Performance Management (Lead and Manage a Team of Security Officers)
Access Control Management (Deploy Security Equipment)


  • 🗒 Duties: Supervision Management; Form & Lead Security Watch Groups; Security & Contingency Planning for Large-Scale Events
  • Experience Required: + 2 year experience as SSS to progress to CSO
1 Compulsory module:

+ 2 of the following modules:

Note: NTUC members enjoy 50% *unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP.

*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, misc. fees etc.

Note: PWM is applicable to all resident security personnel (Singaporeans/ PRs) under contracts of service. Part time resident security personnel (i.e. those performing less than 35 hours of work per week) shall be paid according to a pro-rated PWM salary.