NZ Certificate in Security

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18 Weeks

NZ Certificate in Security

This programme gives students the core skills required for employment in the security industry so that they can begin their pathway towards a range of careers in the security services, armed forces, police, corrections department and more.

Over the duration of this programme, students will gain a broad range of skills and knowledge common to all security officers, use of security equipment, effective communication, professional security practice, knowledge of law and industry, health and safety, and risk awareness.

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

This certificate gives students the opportunity to gain credits towards NCEA Level 3. Plus, graduates of this programme aged 18 and over will also be eligible to apply for their Certificate of Approval (COA), an essential requirement when working in the security industry in New Zealand. Successful graduates can move into employment in a range of security roles. This security course is also designed to provide a pathway for further training in the police or defence forces.

Available Campuses: Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch

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Domestic Fees
FREE for 17-19 year olds, $2,500 for students aged 20+

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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Workplace Health and Safety for Security Personnel

  • Workplace health and safety practices for the security industry
  • Legislation and documentation supporting workplace health and safety practices (codes of practice, industry rules/standards)
  • Workplace health and safety regulator
  • Effects of shift work and strategies to manage effects of shift work

Customer Service and Communication

  • Services provided by security personnel such as personal and property guarding, and crowd control
  • Types of service users
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships
  • Communication technology and protocols in the security context
  • Electronic security equipment and their operations

Emergency Response

  • Assessment and management of personal conditions requiring first aid
  • Identification and management of hazardous situations
  • Safe response to incidents, events and emergencies
  • Functions and responsibilities of security officers in emergency situations
  • Evacuation procedures


  • Duties, roles, responsibilities, legal authority and limitations of licensed security personnel
  • Conflict situations and resolution in a security context
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Post-incident action and reporting

Protective Security

  • Making observations and describing people, objects and incidents
  • Security threats and appropriate responses
  • Protective security requirements
  • Compliance requirements: privacy, confidentiality, client sensitivity

NZ Certificate in Security (Level 3)

  • For students aged 16+
  • Students will be required to undergo a police check.

International Students:

  • International students must be at least 18 years old.
  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 with no band lower than 5.0, or a recognised equivalent test.
  • International students must complete the documentation on the International Students page

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses 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.

You don't need to be fit to begin with! Over the duration of the Security 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 security course, the better. We can still take on 16 year olds, however, they wont be able to get their certificate of Approval during the security course.

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