NZ Certificate in Security

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18 Weeks

NZ Certificate in Security

Wanting a career in the security industry? The NZ Certificate in Security (Level 3) 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.

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

Over the duration of this course, you 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. You 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.

Successful graduates can move into employment in a range of security roles like security guards, security officers, etc. This training is also designed to provide a pathway into further training in the police or defence forces.

Available Campuses: Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch

Upcoming Intakes

26 Jul 2021
16 Aug 2021
31 Jan 2022
26 Jul 2021
16 Aug 2021
31 Jan 2022


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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Over the duration of this course, students will gain a broad range of skills and knowledge common to all security officers. In particular, they will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with security management, staff, clients and the public, while carrying out security work.
  • Conduct self professionally and apply knowledge of New Zealand law relevant to the security industry to comply with organisational and client requests.
  • Operate security equipment and technology while carrying out security work.
  • Apply knowledge of confidentiality, corporate sensitivity, privacy and special client requirements to protect clients in a security context.
  • Apply knowledge of personal safety, situational awareness and risk assessment as it relates to workplace health and safety, in order to carry out security work, including in isolation.
  • Respond to incidents, events, and emergency situations, and interact with other organisations including emergency services in a security work context.

NZ Certificate in Security (Level 3)

  • For students aged 17+
  • 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.

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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