Security Guard in Uniform

Geprüfte Schutz- und Sicherheitskraft

The advanced training exam for everyone who wants to achieve more.

Get out of the low-wage sector!

The figures from the BDSW are alarming: 91.22% of all German security staff only work with the briefing or with the expertise test according to § 34a GewO. This means that they do not have a qualification as defined by the Vocational Training Act. From a legal point of view, they are therefore only semi-skilled workers.


Only 8.8% of security personnel have the level of training that would be described as skilled workers in trade or industry.

Accordingly, the image of our industry in the public looks. (You can find exact numbers here ).


What would the German automotive industry look like if only 8.8% of the employees there had vocational training? It would probably no longer exist, but would be completely pushed out by the competition from abroad.


Reach the top of the industry NOW

With further training for the GSSK you belong to the best qualified 8.8% in Germany.

You are one of the professional specialists who work in nuclear plants, energy supply plants, IT hubs, data centers, in the chemical, pharmaceutical and automotive industries or in management positions.

With wages and salaries well above average.

GSSK? What is it?

The certified protection and security force (GSSK or GSS) is a further training test in accordance with the Vocational Training Act.


It enables experienced security staff to demonstrate above-average competence.


Certified Protection and Security Forces are (along with the Safety and Security Service Forces and Safety and Security Specialists) the skilled workers in the industry. The backbone of professional plant security and corporate security.


GSSK? What for?

GSSK work in demanding areas of object and factory security, in nuclear facilities or as managers in private security companies. You can also be employed in the internal factory security units of the automotive or chemical industry, take on guard and security tasks at Deutsche Bahn or as an employee in the public sector.


In a word: if you want to work permanently in a professional and well-paid environment, you've come to the right place.

The way to the GSSK

The GSSK is not for beginners.


If you want to be admitted to the GSSK exam, you must meet the following requirements:


  • Minimum age of 24 years

  • A first aid course that must not be older than 2 years on the date of the exam

  • Completed vocational training and 2 years of professional experience as a security officer


Anyone who has not completed vocational training may also register for the examination after 5 years of professional experience if at least 3 years of this professional experience have been worked as a security guard.


If you meet these requirements, nothing stands in the way of your path to becoming a security professional.

The GSSK exam

The exam must be taken at the IHK and takes place there twice a year (spring exam in March and autumn exam in October).


Depending on the IHK, additional fees of between €150 and €500 are charged for the test.

What is asked in the GSSK exam?

In a word: quite a lot! The learning material should not be underestimated. The exam cannot be passed without good preparation.


There are three exams that must be passed.


Two written ones of 2 - 2.5 hours each and one oral technical discussion of about 30 - 40 minutes.


The two written exams are each specialized on a specific topic (so-called "areas of action") of the security industry.


The first test examines the "Area of action: legal and task-related action". It consists of the subjects of law and service.


The second exam examines the "Action area "Avoidance and use of protective and safety technology". It consists of the subjects fire protection, work, environmental and health protection and use of safety technology.


In addition, there is a third area of action "safety and service-oriented behavior and action". This area is queried in both exams and is the main topic in the oral technical discussion.


The individual areas of action include the following topics:

Area of action 1 – Legal and task-related action.


Public law, civil law, criminal law and criminal procedure law, labor law, data protection law, works constitution law, weapons law.


service customer

Areas of activity in the security industry, acting in special situations (emergencies, bomb threats, terrorist attacks, etc.), principles of personal security, registration and reporting.


Area of action 2 – averting danger and using protection and safety technology

Fire safety and emergency response

Principles of preventive and defensive fire protection, checking and monitoring of fire protection equipment and fire protection regulations, alarm tasks, clearance and evacuation, help to avert danger.


Occupational, environmental and health protection

Participation in occupational health and safety, participation in environmental protection, basic knowledge of hazard classes, labeling of hazardous substances.


Use of protection and safety technology

Use of technical resources, structural, mechanical and electronic safety devices, means of communication and documentation, extinguishing agents and fire extinguishers, fire extinguishing systems.


Action area3 - Security and service-oriented behavior and actions

Situation assessment and management

Basics of human behavior, recognizing the effect of oneself, influencing the behavior of others, conflict prevention and de-escalation.



Possibilities of communication, forms of communication and means, situation-related communication.


Customer and service orientation

Requirements for a quality-oriented security service, connections between security and service concepts.



Cooperation in teams and with external forces, accomplishing tasks through communication and cooperation, teamwork and leadership.

exam and exam preparation

As you can see, you don't acquire this knowledge in just a few days. Even if some areas are reminiscent of the proficiency test, the material is queried here in much greater depth.


In contrast to the proficiency test, the questions in the GSSK test are not asked in a multiple-choice procedure.


In the exams, the subject areas of several areas of action are combined with one another and queried in case studies.


The examinee must be able to correctly assess the case from a legal point of view as well as process it from an official point of view (report first, or intervene first? What do I have to consider when protecting myself? How do I address the person correctly? How do I write a report after the incident? Etc .)


It is not enough to memorize the knowledge. You have to be able to turn knowledge into action. This is what makes the difference between a professional and a semi-skilled worker.


A certified security guard must be able to solve all typical situations in the day-to-day work of a security guard independently, without having to ask superiors for instructions in each individual case. This also qualifies a GSSK as a manager.

exam and exam preparation

A 6-week full-time course or a part-time course of half a year is a lot of time. The courses are not cheap either.


As a rule, such a course is clearly worthwhile. But there are also exceptions.


When is this course NOT worthwhile for you?

  • You already have your dream job in the security industry, with a company that you enjoy working for, have a permanent contract and are paid more than €16-18 per hour. Congratulations. Live your dream!

  • You only work part-time in the security industry and do not want to give up your main job.

  • You live remotely in a structurally weak area and can or only want to accept jobs in the immediate vicinity of your place of residence.

  • You want to work in event protection, personal protection or IT security. Other training is required in these areas.

When will this course be worthwhile for you?

In almost all other cases. Well-qualified employees are in demand.


However, you should plan to be patient. Finding a job advertised as GSSK can take a year. You should therefore take care of applications early on and keep at it if it doesn't work out the first time. I support you in your job search through my nationwide network.


GSSK are always sought after, especially in the metropolitan regions and the industrial and urban centers of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. And it is precisely in these regions that it is also financially most worthwhile.


I once took the trouble and presented the differences in the salaries of a 34a worker and a GSSK in plant security for each federal state. The basis for this are the current collective agreements.


A standard month with 173 hours (7 times morning, 7 times late, 7 times night, 2 Sundays) serves as the basis for this calculation.

Gehalt GSSK

If you come from North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, Lower Saxony or Baden-Württemberg, there is actually no financial excuse at all that could speak against further training. You will have the training and examination fees back in no time.

See for yourself how you would improve.

Preparatory courses for GSSK at ISMT

ISMT offers you further training to become a certified protection and security officer in the digital classroom via live online training.

The knowledge from the learning material is conveyed LIVE via video chat software. So you don't have to go to a training center.


You are not left alone with learning software or distance learning materials, but always have a contact person and you receive the knowledge from a trainer. You can ask questions at any time and exchange ideas with other course participants.


If you have a computer, laptop or tablet, you can usually participate without any problems. If you are able to watch YouTube videos on the device then you will also be able to follow the lessons.


Best of all, the lessons are recorded. If you miss a live lesson, you can watch it later at your leisure.

The days of stuffy classrooms with bad coffee and annoying searches for a parking space are over. Digital blended learning is the future.


You learn with the most modern means. Self-study, webinars, individual coaching, and video courses. Join online study groups and get to know like-minded people from all over Germany.

If you want to improve your situation in the security industry, write me a message NOW.

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