Certificate of Approval Training

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3 Weeks

Certificate of Approval Training

Trained security personnel are in high demand in the security industry, so employers are on the lookout for qualified men and women to join their teams. Anyone looking to join the industry as a Security Officer, Crowd Controller, Personal Security Guard, or Property Security Guard is required to complete a COA Training programme such as this.

This programme is designed to train learners intending to get their Certificate of Approval (COA) and find employment within the security industry. It is suited to those who would find it hard to commit to a long-term programme and are looking to gain the specific skill set required to join the security industry within a shorter period of time.

This training scheme is blended delivery with a mixture of home, online and face to face learning,  with a self-directed paper based assessment, Self-directed online assessment, followed by a 1-day practical training assessment.

  • Self-directed paper based workbook and assessment
  • Self-directed online theory assessment 
  • A practical assessment run over 1 day. This is where you are assessed and taught about keeping yourself & others safe. 

This course is self-paced for the 2 theory units first and then the practical assessment. Contact your closest campus for practical assessment dates.

The course can be taught over three days in a block course if the group setting is more than 10 people. This can be done at one of our campus or at your location nation-wide.  Weekend practical training can be arranged with larger groups.

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for their COA through the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority (PSPLA) and can move into employment in a range of security roles. The cost of applying for your COA through PSPLA will be $187 (This is an additional cost that is paid by the student to PSPLA).

NOTE: We can support you applying for your COA certificate and in finding employment with a security company. Please let us know if you would like our support with either of these. These services are at no extra charge.

No set intakes - Enrol to start at any time

Available Campuses: Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch


Domestic Fees

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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This programme is designed to equip students with the essential skills required to work within the security sector and give them the necessary unit standards to gain their COA:

  • 27360 – Conflict Management (Theory)
  • 27361 – Conflict Management (Practical)
  • 27364 – Introduction to the Security Industry

You will be eligible to apply for your Certificate of Approval


For students aged 18+.

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