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How do I become a Security Guard in NSW?

To become a Security Guard in NSW you require a Certificate II in Security Operations, course CPP20218, this qualification is nationally recognised.


Becoming an unarmed Security Guard in NSW can be a rewarding and fulfilling career path for those interested in protecting people and property.

However, it is important to understand the necessary steps and qualifications required to become a licensed security guard in NSW.

To obtain the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations in NSW, unarmed security guards and crowd controllers have to fulfill the requirements consisting of Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Test (LLN) and a current First Aid Certificate.

Applicants for a Security Guard license must be 18 years of age or over and demonstrate their fitness and appropriateness for the role. Additionally, they must be employed by a master licensee or hold a master license themselves, and have either enrolled in or completed the appropriate units of competency for the desired license types.

Security Guard Criteria

✓ Be at least 18 years of age. This does not mean that you must be 18 to attend the training to become a security guard, only that you must be 18 when you apply to become a security guard. 

✓ You must be a fit and proper person, which means you must not have any criminal convictions, and that you are able to prove to the NSW Police that you do not have any criminal associates and that you have not committed any offences that involve drugs, violence or dishonesty, or terrorism. 

✓ Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or have a Visa that permits unlimited work rights. 

✓ Have a Driver’s Licence, Photo Card, or Customer number from NSW Roads and Maritime Services

Prerequisites Check Your Illegibility

Before you start searching for jobs as a security guard, it is important to check your eligibility. If you have any criminal convictions, you will not be granted a NSW Security Licence. The NSW Police Force will conduct these checks for you before issuing your licence, don’t apply to become a Security Guard if you have a criminal record, you will be declined from NSW Police.

Visa Requirements to be a Security Guard

To become a Security Guard in NSW, one must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent Australian resident with an unlimited visa to work in Australia (not a student or working holiday visa).

A Security Guard Training Certificate

The CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations is an essential credential for those seeking work as an Unarmed Security Guard in NSW. This nationally-recognised qualification provides the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the security industry.

Units Covered in the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations Course

This security guard training course will arm you with the skills and knowledge and provide you with a career as a Security Guard.

  • CPPSEC2101 Apply effective communication skills to maintain security.
  • CPPSEC2102 Apply legal and procedural requirements to work effectively within a security team.
  • CPPSEC2103 Apply WHS, emergency response and evacuation procedures to maintain security.
  • CPPSEC2104 Apply risk assessment to select and carry out response to security risk situations.
  • CPPSEC2105 Provide quality services to a range of security clients.
  • CPPSEC2106 Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques.
  • CPPSEC2107 Patrol premises to monitor property and maintain security.
  • CPPSEC2108 Screen people, personal effects, and items to maintain security.
  • CPPSEC2109 Monitor and control access and exit of persons and vehicles from premises.
  • CPPSEC2110 Monitor and control individual and crowd behavior to maintain security.
  • CPPSEC2111 Apply security procedures to manage intoxicated persons.
  • CPPSEC2112 Apply security procedures to remove persons from premises.
  • CPPSEC2113 Escort and protect persons and valuables.
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid (credit transfer).

First Aid Training for Security Guards

Another prerequisite for the Security Guard training course . There are no specific requirements for this certificate, however, the security guard training course requires that you have a First Aid Certificate. If you do not have one yet, then it is recommended that you take time out to obtain one before starting this course. The First Aid certificate must be valid at the time of application. Multisec Training offers a discounted price for HLTAID011-Provide First Aid Certificate for students completing both courses.

Security Guard Training Course

To pass the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations course you must attend our training rooms to apply in person. At the time you apply you will sit an English and Numeracy assessment, which is a basic assessment of your English and Numeracy skills.

Once you pass that assessment, you will be asked to pay for the course and then you will be enrolled in our online learning course.

We ask that you finish the online course prior to you starting the course. The reason you do an English and Numeracy assessment prior to starting your security guard course is because you require good English skills to be a security guard.

You will then attend the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations course at our Multisec Training office located in Auburn, you will be assessed on all the skills you need to be a security guard. Once you pass the course you can apply to become a security guard.

Applying for the NSW Security Licence 1AC Unarmed Security Guard Licence

You will be excited to know that you can apply for an NSW Security Licence once you have completed one of our security guard courses.

To apply for the NSW Unarmed Security Guard licence, you must be at least 18 years old and have successfully completed the Security Guard training course. The course is delivered by a licensed SLED provider approved by the NSW Police Force.

The most common way of obtaining a security licence in NSW is to apply to the Security Licencing Enforcement Directorate (SLED) for the issue of a licence. You do this via the Service NSW Website.

Once you have made the decision to become a security guard, are licensed with the NSW Security Licensing Authority and have completed one of our courses , you will be well-prepared to enter the security industry.

Career Path of an Unarmed Security Guard

The types of work you could do as a Security Guard includes static guarding at shopping centers or work sites, crowd control at venues of hotels, or concierge work at office buildings. Patrol Guard at work Businesses or Work Sites. Of course, you could perform many other types of work as a security guard after completing one of our security guard courses.

Every student that studies the Security Guard Training Course with Multisec Training is guaranteed an offer of employment with Multisec Security and affiliated companies.

Maintain your licence

To keep your NSW Security Industry Licence current, you must complete regular training and renew your licence every three years. This involves completing a refresher course and demonstrating that you have met the required competencies.

In conclusion, becoming an unarmed security guard in NSW requires a combination of training, experience, and licensing. By following the necessary steps, you can develop the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a fulfilling career in the security industry.

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