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Wanting a career in the security industry? The New Zealand Certificate in Security (Foundation) Level 3 gives students the core skills required for employment in the security industry so that they can begin begin their pathway towards a range of careers in the security services, armed forces, police, corrections department and more.

This certificate also gives students the opportunity to gain credits towards Level 3 NCEA. Plus graduates of this course will also receive their Certificate of Approval (COA), an essential requirement when working in the security industry in New Zealand.

About This Course

Over the duration of the course, you will gain a broad range of skills and knowledge common to all security officers.

Operate security equipment and technology used in the security industry and communicate effectively with security management, staff, clients and the public. Learn how to conduct yourself professionally and apply knowledge of New Zealand law relevant to the security industry to comply with organisational and client requests.

Develop and apply your knowledge of personal safety, situational awareness and risk assessment as it relates to workplace health and safety, in order to carry out security work. Respond to incidents, events and emergency situations as security personal and interact with other organisations including emergency services.

You will learn both in the classroom and through practical and physical application. Personal appearance such as hair and general tidiness will be monitored inline with the security industry standards.

Successful gradates can move into employment in a range of security roles. This programme is also designed to provide a pathway into further training in the police or defence forces.


Pending Approval - Programme and dates are subject to change


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Career Opportunities

Police Officer - Pirihimana

Police officers work to prevent and solve crime, keep the peace, and respond to criminal activities and emergencies.

Corrections Officer - Āpiha Whare Herehere

Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners. They manage prisoners' sentence plans and rehabilitation programmes to help reduce reoffending.

Security Officer/​Guard - Āpiha Whakamarumaru/​Tūtei Whakamarumaru

Security officers/guards patrol or guard an area or building to prevent fire, trespassing, theft or vandalism. They may also complete investigations for individuals and businesses, or provide personal protection to a client.

Upcoming Intakes

Campus Start Date Domestic International *
Auckland 24 February 2020 $0 Unavailable
Hamilton 24 February 2020 $0 Unavailable
Christchurch 24 February 2020 $0 Unavailable

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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Key Information

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements
Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

For students aged 17+
No previous qualifications at Level 3 or above.

Duration The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

20 weeks

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Youth Guarantee Available Yes
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Student Fees FREE (conditions apply)



Note: All Key Information is the most recent available relating to domestic students. For more detailed information refer to Course Documents.

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You don't need to be fit to begin with! Over the duration of the course we'll train you up to the physical fitness requirements for the industry

We prefer to only take on students who are 17+ as you need to be 18 to gain you Certificate of Approval. The closer you are to 18 at the beginning of the course, the better. We can still take on 16 year olds, however, they wont be able to get their certificate of Approval during the course.

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our programmes have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study can apply to StudyLink.

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