Working as a Bodyguard and What to Expect

Working as a Bodyguard

A bodyguard is a trained professional who ensures the safety and security of a certain individual. There are many duties involved in a bodyguard’s work and it is important to understand what is expected before considering becoming a bodyguard.



First and foremost, you need to be fully qualified if you intend to be a bodyguard. Contrary to popular belief, the training required to become a bodyguard is significantly more than a standard security guard. In Australia, you will need to complete a Certificate III in Security Operations, which will not only qualify you for working as a bodyguard, but also crowd controller, monitoring and cash in transit (e.g. Armaguard). Please note, not all training companies include the same functions in their Certificate III course – ask before committing to enrolling. A training program like this will teach you essential skills including managing conflict through negotiation, maintaining security of your environment and coordinating a quality security service.


Danger goes hand in hand with working as a bodyguard, as essentially you are the barrier of protection between your client and the danger. Working as a bodyguard can mean working for high-profile clients, some of which will not be faced with danger necessarily (e.g. a musician) but some may be more than others (e.g. politicians).


Being a bodyguard requires professionalism, alertness and immense responsibility. You have the wellbeing of an individual in your hands, and you are being paid to protect them. The Independent Newspaper found that not like the stereotype, you don’t have to be a 7-foot tall wall of muscle to become a bodyguard, but it is more brains over brawn. They found that it is for the ‘eagle-eyed and patient’.

Working as a bodyguard isn’t ‘glamourous’ – but many of the industry’s experienced say that they enjoy the responsibility, as well as the occasional perk. One thing’s for sure, you have to expect the unexpected!

Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
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