Learn What It Takes to Be a Real Event Security Professional

Stand Out from the Crowd! Work the Hottest Events, Get the Best Shifts, Guard the Best Posts & Be Close to the Action!
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Large concerts, major sporting events and music festivals each need hundreds of security guards to run smoothly and successfully. A large number of those guards get hired on a one-off or temporary basis. Most don’t get the chance to develop the event-specific skills and knowledge necessary to really excel in the field. This course aims to fill that knowledge gap by providing a comprehensive introduction to event security.

Learn the Fundamental Skills of Professional Event Security

  • Recognize and Locate the Key Features of an Event Space
  • Learn the Jargon Used By Event Staff and Security
  • Find Prohibited Items By Doing Pat Downs and Bag Searches
  • Control Access by Checking Identification and Credentials

Stand Out From the Crowd

Once you know where to look, finding security work at events is relatively easy. With the knowledge and skills in this course, you will not only find work - you will be in demand.

Professional event security guards who know the jobs and have good customer service skills always get the best jobs. They get regular work at big concerts, major sporting events, music festivals, even at corporate events.

Contents and Overview

This course is designed for anyone interested in event security, regardless of how much prior security experience you have. It includes 28 lectures and 5 quizzes, over 90 minutes of content as well as exercises for you to practice on your own.

You will learn what steps to take to become an Event Security Professional, including how to find work. You will know how to prepare for work and what to do when you get there. You'll learn how to perform the main duties of an Event Security Professional, including ID checks, bag searches, pat downs, access control, pit work and roaming. We'll discuss in concrete terms issues such as professionalism, customer service and how to use a two-way radio.

By the end of this course you'll have more knowledge your first day on the job than many security guards gain in months of event work. You'll be confident and ready to tackle any task handed to you.

If you follow the advice in this course, you'll advance through the ranks, making a name for yourself in an exciting and ever changing industry.

What are the requirements?

  • You should be aware of any legally required training, certification or licensing in your state, province or country. You will need to meet those requirements before you can work in event security.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify and locate the key features of an event space.
  • Understand most of the jargon used by event staff.
  • Work a concert pit.
  • Perform basic bag searches and pat downs.
  • Check ID and credentials to control access to various spaces.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course if for security guards with no experience working events.
  • This course might also be for you if you have some event experience but want a formal introduction to some of the key ideas and principles.
  • This course isn't for you if you have a lot of event experience and are confident doing most jobs at an event.

What you get with this course?

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Welcome to the course! We dive into the Fundamentals of Professional Event Security by discussing the type of work, events and locations where Event Security Professionals do their job.


In this lecture we talk about licenses or registrations that might be required in your state or province for you to work in security.


In this lecture we cover what this course is not. In particular, it's important to note that this course does not replace any training or coursework that might be required in your state or province.


In this lecture we go over the structure of Sections in the course.

Introductory Quiz
5 questions

In this lecture, we wrap the introductory section up and go over key points.


We introduce this section, where we discuss things an Event Security Professional needs to take care of before he or she even leaves the house for work.


In this lecture, we discuss the importance of looking the part, of having a clean, complete uniform that meets standards and of always being clean and well-groomed.


In this lecture we discuss what to bring with you to work events. We talk about how you will need to bring different things to different types of events and locations. We talk about specific items you might needs, starting with the basics and useful work items.


In this lecture we continue our discussion about packing for work by going over what to pack for specific weather conditions as well as thinking about food and hygiene, particularly when working long shifts.


In this lecture we discuss why it's important to arrive on time to work, to give yourself enough time to account for unexpected delays and to get yourself situated before a shift.

Are you ready to go to work?
6 questions

In this lecture, we wrap the introductory section up and go over key points.


In this lecture we introduce this Section, where we discuss navigating event sites and venues as well as the timelines of an event.


In this lecture we discuss production areas, starting in the back of house.


In this lecture we continue our discussion of production areas while moving into the front of house.


In this lecture we move away from production areas and talk about areas where guests freely move around.


In this lecture we go over the timelines of an event, starting with the load in and ending with the load out.

Do you know your way around?
6 questions

In this lecture, we wrap the introductory section up and go over key points.


We're finally getting to the nuts and bolts of Event Security work. In this lecture we introduce the next two sections where we actually talk about how to perform event security duties.


In this lecture we introduce ID Checks and talk about the interaction you want to have with a guest before you look at their ID. This interaction gives you a chance to observe a guest's body language and behaviour.


In this lecture we talk about what you're actually checking when you look at and feel an ID.


In this lecture we talk about what to do if you've checked an ID and aren't 100% sure if the ID is acceptable. We also discuss how to deal with a patron when the ID is not acceptable.


In this lecture we move on to Bag Searches and Pat Downs, starting with the interaction you have with a guest before you start the search. As with ID checks, this interaction will give you a chance to observe a guest's body language and behaviour.


In this lecture, we discuss how to perform a bag search to look for prohibited items.


In this lecture we discuss how to perform a pat down to search for prohibited items.


In this lecture we discuss the importance of good customer service for successful event security.

Quiz 4
16 questions

In this lecture, we wrap the introductory section up and go over key points.


In this lecture we introduce the second section covering Event Security procedures and start our discussion of Access Control.


In this lecture, we conclude our discussion of Access Control.


In this lecture we discuss how to convey Professionalism through your appearance, attitude and actions.


In this lecture we talk about working a concert pit.


In this lecture we discuss the roles and characteristics of a roam team.


Using a two-way radio is a critical skill for Event Security Professionals. In this lecture we discuss how to use the radio properly.


In this lecture we go over some common radio language and discuss radio codes.

Section 5 Quiz
15 questions

In this lecture, we wrap the introductory section up and go over key points.


You made it through the Fundamentals of Professional Event Security. In this lecture we introduce the Bonus Section, in which we discuss finding work, what to expect the first day on the job as well as suggest additional training.


In this lecture we discuss getting work in event security, covering key aspects of a good resume, finding job opportunities and giving a good interview.


In this lecture we talk about what it's like to arrive at your very first big event.


In this lecture we suggest additional training or education to support and advance your professional career in event security.


This is it! In this very last lecture we briefly review the contents of the course.

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Instructor Biography

John Bowman, Hiring Manager, Large Event Security Company

If you glance quickly at my education and experience, you might not think that becoming an expert in Event Security is the most obvious place for me to end up. But on closer inspection, you'll find it makes all the sense in the world.

Molecular Biology & Biotechnology:

From a very early age I wanted to study nature in some form or another. That path led me to study molecular biology at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto in Canada. While completing my graduate work I published a number of peer-reviewed papers and had some success. But I realized the day-to-day work wasn't for me.

Business and Entrepreneurship:

I decided to change directions and in pursued an MBA at the Rotterdam School of Business in the Netherlands. Before the end of the program in 2004, my partner Peter and I launched what would become the country's first North-American style chain of coffee houses. After a few years of hard work, countless cups of coffee and being featured in a number of national print publications, we decided it was time to move back home to Canada.

We followed our overseas success with a number of exciting ventures, including taking over and fully renovating a hotel, building and launching a bar, a sports nutrition store and a skateboard shop. Every new venture brought with it invaluable experience in facing challenges by using my existing skills and strengths whenever possible and by developing new skills to fill in the gaps.

Event Security:

In 2012, I decided it was time for a new adventure. The existing businesses were sold and we moved to Toronto. This was a fresh start with no real plans. The idea was to explore and try different things and figure out where to go from there.

When I first arrived, I took work as a security guard in nightclubs. This was an easy option for a couple reasons. a) I had worked as part of campus security during my undergraduate studies many years earlier, and b) I had obtained my security license a couple years earlier when we opened the bar. During that time I managed the security staff and helped several guards with the training required for licensing. While my actual "security" experience was minimal, my customer service skills and professionalism more than made up for it.

While looking for additional work, I inadvertently came into the Event Security world. I signed up with a company and started as one of hundreds of guards working at concerts and music festivals and professional sporting events. Supervisors and managers quickly took notice of that professionalism and customer service. Within weeks I moved from basic, remote posts to controlling dressing room access for superstars like Beyonce, Trent Reznor and Ozzy Osborne. Within two months I was supervising deployments and was being courted by the three major Event Security companies in the province.

I currently do all the hiring for one of those Event Security companies in Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. In overseeing the hiring and management of large deployments, I see what skills allow an Event Security Professional to excel and have identified areas of training that are lacking in most companies and individuals.

My Goal:

I've joined Udemy and developed my first course in order to fill some of those gaps and to help people pursue an exciting career direction they may not have otherwise considered.

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