Big ticket, small ticket - what's that supposed to be?

Big ticket, litt­le ticket — what is that sup­po­sed to be?

The con­fu­si­on is great

Again and again one reads in job offers, job appli­ca­ti­ons or cour­se offers about the big or small “Secu­ri­ty cer­ti­fi­ca­te” — some­ti­mes just cal­led a lar­ge or small note.
Such terms are also fre­quent­ly used in forums, on social net­works or even on the pages of cour­se pro­vi­ders. But bewa­re: The­re is no such thing as a lar­ge or small secu­ri­ty pass!


What is meant by “secu­ri­ty certificate”?

Sec­tion 34a of the Trade, Com­mer­ce and Indus­try Regu­la­ti­on Act (Gewer­be­ord­nung) con­ta­ins important pro­vi­si­ons on what a per­son must ful­fil if he or she wants to “pro­fes­sio­nal­ly guard the lives or pro­per­ty of other peo­p­le”. The § 34a GewO is pri­ma­ri­ly aimed at Secu­ri­ty con­trac­tor and regu­la­tes what they must ful­fil in order to regis­ter a guar­ding trade. Howe­ver, it also regu­la­tes that the trades­man may only ent­rust the per­for­mance of guar­ding tasks to per­sons as Workers who, as guards, on the one hand, are per­mit­ted to requi­red Relia­bi­li­ty on the other hand, have cer­tain Mini­mum qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons have to show. With regard to qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on, this omi­nous “cer­ti­fi­ca­te” often comes into play: by “lar­ge cer­ti­fi­ca­te” some mean the suc­cessful pas­sed exami­na­ti­on, i.e. pro­of of the pas­sed test per­for­mance at the Cham­ber of Indus­try and Com­mer­ce. The “small cer­ti­fi­ca­te” is some­ti­mes cal­led the Par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the brie­fing This is a cour­se in which you only have to com­ple­te 40 tea­ching units and recei­ve a cer­ti­fi­ca­te of atten­dance, the “cer­ti­fi­ca­te of atten­dance”. Pro­of of ins­truc­tion, is given. During the ins­truc­tion, no know­ledge is sys­te­ma­ti­cal­ly tes­ted, only a kind of short com­pre­hen­si­on test takes place. In the case of the exami­na­ti­on of pro­fes­sio­nal com­pe­tence, on the other hand, the­re is a 120-minu­te writ­ten test and a sub­se­quent oral exami­na­ti­on. The Exper­ti­se test is accor­din­gly clear hig­her-qua­li­ty than the ins­truc­tion and one is also allo­wed to take on spe­cial sur­veil­lan­ce acti­vi­ties, such as pat­rols in public traf­fic are­as or working as a shop detec­ti­ve. How the ins­truc­tion pro­ce­du­re and the exami­na­ti­on of com­pe­tence work, what is asked and who does not have to take part in it, if appli­ca­ble, is descri­bed (among other points) in the Sur­veil­lan­ce Ordi­nan­ce regulated.


Why are the wrong terms used for the expert know­ledge examination?

In my esti­ma­ti­on, this has various cau­ses. Some peo­p­le sim­ply do not know any bet­ter, some pro­no­un­ce Con­ve­ni­ence only brief­ly of the “appearance” and some per­sons (espe­ci­al­ly com­pa­nies) use inten­tio­nal­ly wrong terms. Sin­ce the actual­ly wrong terms are quite com­mon in cer­tain cir­cles (espe­ci­al­ly among the less qua­li­fied), many peo­p­le who want to prepa­re for the exami­na­ti­on of pro­fes­sio­nal com­pe­tence sim­ply search for the term “secu­ri­ty cer­ti­fi­ca­te”, for exam­p­le. Or else Com­pa­nies mis­lead pro­s­pec­ti­ve cus­to­mers into belie­ving they have more than they actual­ly have in them: In the past, the­re have always been trai­ning com­pa­nies that offe­red a “safe­ty spe­cia­list” qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on. That sounds like more! But what is actual­ly included is usual­ly “only” the pre­pa­ra­ti­on for the qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on. At a pri­ce of many hundreds or even more than a thousand euros. The spe­cia­list for pro­tec­tion and secu­ri­ty, on the other hand, is a real 3‑year voca­tio­nal trai­ning — the­re is a risk of con­fu­si­on! My tip: So pay clo­se atten­ti­on to the terms used and, if in doubt, ask what is spe­ci­fi­cal­ly meant by them. Drü­cken Sie sich selbst am bes­ten klar aus und ver­wen­den Sie die rich­ti­gen Begriff­lich­kei­ten. Sie zei­gen damit, dass Sie sich auskennen 🙂


Recent­ly, Jörg Zitz­mann also dealt with the issue of “large/ small appearan­ces” in his pod­cast for pro­tec­tion and secu­ri­ty in epi­so­de 328. As mana­ging direc­tor of the Aca­de­my for Secu­ri­ty, he regu­lar­ly recei­ves such enqui­ries and cla­ri­fies:

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