Armoured Car Escort

The main responsibility of armoured-car escorts or guards is to transport cash and valuables and guard this load during transit. 

The guards drive armoured vans or trucks, wear bullet proof vests and carry firearms to ensure security.  They collect the moneybags, receipts, the daily guide sheet and schedule from the vault worker, load these bags of cash and valuables such as jewellery, precious metals and expensive artworks, into the armoured-cars at banks and premises of other customers and issue receipts.  Some guards stand at the ready while the valuables are loaded and unloaded at predetermined destinations and they guard loads while they are in transit to prevent theft.  One or more guards generally assist the drivers of armoured-cars. 

Guards make pick-ups at ATM machines and businesses and drop off at banks.  Armoured messengers usually ride as passengers in the trucks and use radio communication to talk to the dispatchers and other drivers on the crew, directing the armoured vehicle drivers during scheduled runs and making the actual deliveries and pickups when the truck reaches its destination.  The armoured guards also provide security for the armoured messengers, who pick up and drop off the cargo once the driver reaches his location.  Drivers may follow or lead the messenger into the business or bank while he hands over the cargo to another individual. 

Drivers keep detailed records to document their deliveries and pickups - they record the information, such as the number of items received, the destination, the contents of the packages and the delivery time at the scheduled stops, on the daily guide sheet.  Moneybags, receipts, the daily guide sheet, the change box and money are deposited with the cashiering department.

Personal Requirements

  • physically strong and fit
  • honest and reliable
  • integrity
  • be alert and observant
  • good driving record

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

Grade 10 Certificate

What to Study

Prospective armoured-car guards must be at least 18 years of age and highly trained in:

  • self-defence and the use of firearms (possess a shooting license)
  • a valid driver license 
  • be trained and registered a security guard (high level of training, Grade B)
  • other requirements will depend on the organisation

Security guard Grading 

The South African private security sector is governed by the Private Security Regulation Act, which states that all guarding security officers must be registered before they may be employed. All security guard positions are graded:

Grade D Security Guards

The main function is access control.

Grade C Security Guards

The main function of a Grade C is access control of a higher risk area. It may include supervision of Grade D security guards.

Grade B Security Guards

The main function is access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills might be required. A Grade B guard may be a site or shift commander and manage lower grade security officers and conduct inspections and site visits.

 Grade A Security Guards

The main function would be a site manager or commander, manage  the security workforce, conduct risk assessments and evaluations on site daily, conduct basic investigations and design security solutions.

For more information on security guard grades visit,


  • security companies, specialising in the protection of assets in transit
  • banks and building societies

Further Information

420 Witch-Hazel Avenue,
Eco Glades 2 Office Park
Highveld Ext 70
Centurion, 0158

The Security Association of South Africa (SASA)
842 Pheasant Street, 
Horizon Park, Roodepoort
Tel: 0861 100 680

Institute for Security Studies
361 Veale Street
Block D, First Floor, Brooklyn Court
New Muckleneuk
Tel: 0861 111 185

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a security company
  • get a shooting license
  • make an appointment to speak to an armoured-car escort about this type of career

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