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Apply for an unarmed security officer licence

An unarmed security officer personally guards, patrols or watches another person’s property. They do this without a guard dog or weapon.

This includes:

  • in-house security (someone who guards, patrols or watches their employer’s property)
  • a loss prevention officer
  • a security gate officer.

You need to hold a current licence to do this job. To become licensed, you must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • complete your training and attach proof of qualifications
  • fill out and lodge the application form.

Application for a security provider licence: Individual - Class 1 (PDF, 241KB)

Eligibility

To be eligible for a licence, you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • not pose a risk to public safety
  • pass the required training course.

You are not eligible for a licence if you have been convicted of a disqualifying offence in the past 10 years, where a conviction was recorded.

You must also tell us if you have been found guilty of a disqualifying offence in the past 5 years, where a conviction was not recorded (this is known as an ‘unrecorded finding of guilt’). We may ask you for further information so we can assess if you are a suitable person to hold a licence.

Lodgement

Identification

When you lodge the form, you will need to attach 100 points of formal identification. These documents must be either original (if lodged at the counter) or certified copies.

Your identification must include at least 1 of the following 5 documents:

  • Birth certificate or extract
  • Passport
  • ImmiCard
  • A driver’s licence
  • An 18+ card.

You may also need to include some of the following documents to make up your 100 points:

  • Citizenship certificate
  • An ID card
  • A social security card
  • A letter from your employer
  • Any other official letter, card or statement listed on the application form.

You will need to pay certain fees when you lodge your application. These include:

  • the licence fee (as listed on the application form)
  • a criminal history check fee of $39.20
  • a fingerprinting fee of $100.

Fingerprinting

By law, the police need to fingerprint all security providers. We will contact you after you lodge your application form to explain what you need to do.

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Criminal history check

To confirm your suitability, we will submit your application for a criminal history check. This will be thorough and may be time consuming.

If you were born in New Zealand or have a New Zealand passport, you need to get a copy of your criminal history or a letter indicating you have no criminal history from New Zealand. For more information, visit the New Zealand Ministry of Justice website.

You don’t have to pay any fees to get a New Zealand criminal history check. We can only accept original documents dated within one month of the date you send them to us. Please note it takes 20 working days to process a request for a New Zealand criminal history check.

Processing time

The processing time is 4–6 weeks. This can take longer if you have not supplied us with the all the information we need or you have not paid the correct fees.

Refunds

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a partial refund if:

  • you withdraw your application
  • we refuse your application.

You may also get a refund on the fees for:

  • fingerprinting
  • your criminal history check.

Training

You need to do your training through a registered training organisation. Use the My Skills website to find a training provider.

Full course list

Please note: as of 1 July 2014, we no longer accept course modules from the Asset Security Training Package (PRS03).

The PRS-coded modules are out of date. You must pass all the training under the 2011 Property Services Training Package (CPP07).

The CPP course must include all of the following modules.

Name of course module Module code

Control access to and exit from premises

CPPSEC2011A
or
CPPSEC2011B

Operate basic security equipment

CPPSEC2014A

Patrol premises

CPPSEC2015A

Apply first aid
or
Provide first aid

HLTFA311A
or
HLTAID003

You must pass 1 course from each of the following tables.

Name of course module Module code

Communicate effectively in the security industry

CPPSEC2001A

Prepare and present security documentation and reports

CPPSEC3005A

Name of course module Module code

Follow workplace safety procedures in the security industry

CPPSEC2002A

Maintain workplace safety in the security industry

CPPSEC3001A

Name of course module Module code

Work effectively in the security industry

CPPSEC2003A
or
CPPSEC2003B

Organise personal work priorities and development

BSBWOR301B

Name of course module Module code

Work as part of a security team

CPPSEC2005A

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

BSBFLM303C

Name of course module Module code

Provide security services to clients

CPPSEC2006A
or
CPPSEC2006B

Coordinate a quality security service to customers

CPPSEC3006A

Name of course module Module code

Respond to security risk situation

CPPSEC2004A
or
CPPSEC2004B

Determine response to security risk situation

CPPSEC3003A

Name of course module Module code

Protect self and others using basic defensive tactics

CPPSEC2017A

Control persons using empty hand techniques

CPPSEC3013A

Restricted licences

You can apply for a restricted licence. This will let you finish your training as you work, as long as you’re supervised by a fully licensed provider.

A restricted licence only lasts for a term of 6 months. Before this term expires, you must:

  • complete the training requirements
  • apply for an unrestricted licence.

You cannot apply for an extension of a restricted licence.

Supervision

A supervising unarmed security officer must:

  • give the restricted licensee detailed written instructions about the work they need to do
  • write down the tasks that the licensee performs
  • regularly check their progress (include written notes).