NSW Security Guard Licence

CPP20218: Certificate II in Security Operations

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Take advantage of Multisec Training’s limited-time discount and begin your career as a Security Guard in 2023 at a reduced price: $990, down from $1100.

The CPP20218-Certificate II Security Operations has been nationally recognised and upon completion, successful candidates are qualified to obtain a Class 1A Security Licence in NSW.

These is another fee from NSW Police to obtain the actual licence.

Sydney  Training Centre in Auburn.

  • $1100.00  Currently $990  Weekday Course   
  • $1300.00 Weekend Course
How much does a NSW Security Licence Cost from NSW Police?

When you apply for a security licence through NSW Police, or renew your existing licence, you can choose to have a one year or a five year licence.

Application and renewal fees. (price bases 2022)
Application Type1 Yr5 Yr
New application$160$640
On-time renewal$140$560
You can only apply for a security licence once you have completed the CPP20218-Certificate II Security Operations Course.

Investing in becoming a Security guard will provide a lucrative salary, the average security guard salary in Australia is $58,646 per year or $30.07 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $50,392 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $87,321 per year, easily recouping the outlay cost of a security guard course.

The Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis CPP41519 costs are:

  • Standard Online Delivery $1950
  • Blended Learning $1950
  • Assessment Only /RPL $1700

Certain Occupations require a A First Aid Course certificate, of which a Security Guard is one. The certificate HLTAID011-Provide First Aid Course is a pre-requisite for the Security Guard Course.

The First Aid Course can be completed the same day.

Bookings are required for the First Aid Course and it can be completed within the same day at our Multisec Training Rooms in Auburn. A discount is offered for students whom are enrolling to also complete the CPP20218-Certificate II Security Operations

Whether a career as a security guard is considered good can depend on individual preferences, circumstances, and career goals. Here are some factors to consider when evaluating the potential of a security guard career:

  1. Job Stability: The demand for security services is generally consistent, providing a level of job stability. Security guards are needed in various industries, including commercial, residential, event security, healthcare, and more.

  2. Entry-Level Opportunities: Becoming a security guard often requires minimal educational requirements, making it accessible for individuals seeking entry-level positions or those looking to transition into a new field.

  3. Skill Development: Working as a security guard can provide opportunities for skill development in areas such as communication, conflict resolution, observation, emergency response, and problem-solving. These skills can be transferable to other professions.

  4. Career Progression: With experience and additional training, security guards can advance to supervisory roles or specialize in specific areas such as executive protection, cybersecurity, or risk management.

  5. Industry Variety: Security guard positions can be found in a wide range of industries, allowing individuals to choose an area that aligns with their interests or offers unique opportunities. This variety can add diversity to one’s career path.

  6. Professional Development: Many security companies offer ongoing training and development programs to enhance skills and keep up with evolving industry standards and technologies.

  7. Personal Fulfillment: Some individuals find satisfaction in the role of protecting people, property, and assets, contributing to a sense of safety and well-being in their communities.

  8. Equal Opportunity: The career path of a security guard is open to both male and females,  there has been a positive shift to the number of females working in the security industry.

It’s important to note that the nature of the job may involve irregular working hours, potential risks, and demanding situations. Additionally, salaries for security guards can vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and industry.

Considering these aspects, individuals should assess their own interests, skills, and long-term career goals when determining if a security guard career aligns with their aspirations. Researching the specific opportunities and potential for growth in their desired location can provide valuable insights.

We conduct our security license course over 10 days, upon completion, you will be able to apply for your 1 AC security licence. This licence is for an Unarmed Guard & Crowd Controller. The Course is fully approved by the NSW Police Force’s SLED.

Weekend Courses Available

Multisec Training is now taking enrolments for a Security Guard Course that will be run over 5 weekends, gives you even more flexibility with your training.

Check out the security license course timetable for the next enrolment dates.

The CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations comprises a range of core and elective units that provide a comprehensive understanding of security operations. There are  14 units of competency need to be completed, to qualify for the NSW security licence certificate, including the pre-requisite First Aid Certificate

  These units are:

  • 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 behaviour 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.

The pre-course learning for the Security Guard Course can be completed online and can take up to five weeks, However, you are in control of this and could, provided you reduce the length of time you take to do the pre-learning, which of course if self-paced, to as little as 3 weeks. This includes a week of pre-learning and 2 weeks face to face. 


Prior to enrollment in the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations, prospective students will undergo an LLN (Language, Literacy, and Numeracy) Test. This assessment evaluates your pre-course learning, as well as your language, literacy, and numeracy skills. It aims to gauge your understanding and interpretation of everyday situations and work-related tasks. Factors such as prior experience and training can significantly impact your ability to read, write, communicate, and perform calculations. The LLN Test consists of tasks and quizzes that need to be completed before attending the in-person security training classes.

By conducting this assessment, we ensure that all students are equipped with the necessary foundational skills to succeed in the Security Licence course. It allows us to tailor the training program to meet your individual needs and provide the support required for your learning journey.

New Security License courses start every Monday at Multisec Training Rooms in Auburn. The weekday course goes from Monday to Friday.

The Weekend Course is completed over a 5 weekends.

Check out the next dates to enrol.

Multisec Training is now taking enrolments for a Security Course that will be run over 5 weekends, Study to become a Security Office with premium security training.

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Course Requirements

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Security Guard Course requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a NSW Security Licence and to commence this course.
  • You must provide identification equivalent to 100 points
  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent Australian resident or a hold a visa that entitles you to work in Australia (other than a student or working holiday visa)
  • No criminal history

Documents required for the training course CPP20218-Certificate II Security Operations.

You must provide identification equivalent to 100 points.


  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Australian Birth Card
  • Australian Passport that is current or no more than 2 years out of date
  • International Passport that is current
  • A national photographic identity document, Citizen card or Passport card (current or expired within the last two years but not cancelled)
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Photo identity card issued under Australian law


  • Department of Immigration and Border protection issued document
  • State/territory issued proof of age card, Mobility parking scheme (MPS) card
  • A photographic identification card issued to a public employee by a Government Agency or Authority
  • Tertiary Education Institution identity card (current or expired within the last two years)
  • Seniors / Government concession card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs entitlement card or Australian Defence Force identity card
  • Centrelink card / Medicare card


  • Utility notices such as electricity, gas, water or rental contracts or rates notice
  • Phone bills, motor vehicle registration, electoral enrolment

You must be at least 18 Years of age to become a security guard.

Although there are no specific entry requirements to become a security guard, a good level of education is also an advantage.

Training to be a security guard is not a male dominant occupation, female security guard is becoming a more popular career choice, in recent years there has been a positive shift to the number of females working in the security industry. 

A female Security Guard can be a rewarding career choice, women have excellent conflict resolution skills which can aid in situations required for security resolutions. In Fact, many male security officers will say that some of the best security officers they have worked with are female. The reasons for this are many, but include what was just stated, i.e., that they have excellent skills in conflict and resolution management.

Although there are no specific entry requirements to become a security guard, a good level of education is an advantage.
Also, the NSW Police Force and most employers will carry out background checks and although not all criminal charges will rule you out of all security guard jobs, there are certain offenses that will prohibit you from getting your security licence. If you have a criminal conviction and are not sure if you still qualify for a security licence, call Multisec Training on 1300 891 503 to discuss.

To be a security guard in NSW, you need a security licence. 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. The correct web page for this is easiest found by searching “Apply for an NSW Security Licence” online.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a NSW Security Licence and to commence this course
  • You must provide identification equivalent to 100 points
  • The Pre-Course Literacy Assessment assessment must be successfully completed
  • The required pre-course volume of learning and training must be completed prior to commencement of face to face training
  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent Australian resident or a holder of a Visa that entitles you to work in Australia (other than a student or working holiday visa)
  • No criminal history
  • Requirements from NSW Police Force.

You will also need a copy of a current First Aid Certificate that a Nationally Recognised Training Provider has issued. The copy of your First Aid Certificate must also be certified by a justice of the peace.

The Visa you require must be unlimited to work in Australia, it cannot be a student or working holiday visa.

Or you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent Australian resident.

Some of the most common duties of an unarmed security officer typically include:

  1. Access Control: Checking identification, verifying credentials, and controlling entry to the premises or designated areas.

  2. Patrolling and Surveillance: Conducting regular patrols of the premises, monitoring surveillance systems, and reporting any suspicious activities or incidents.

  3. Security Monitoring: Keeping a watchful eye on the surroundings, including monitoring CCTV cameras, alarms, and other security systems.

  4. Incident Response: Responding to security breaches, disturbances, or emergencies, and taking appropriate actions to resolve or report them.

  5. Crowd Management: Maintaining order and ensuring the safety of individuals in crowded areas, such as events or public gatherings.

  6. Customer Service: Assisting visitors, employees, or customers with inquiries, directions, or other assistance while maintaining a professional and courteous demeanor.

  7. Safety Inspections: Identifying and reporting safety hazards, such as faulty equipment, potential fire risks, or trip hazards.

  8. Report Writing: Documenting incidents, observations, and any relevant information in accurate and detailed reports.

  9. Emergency Procedures: Following established protocols and procedures during emergencies, including evacuations, lockdowns, or first aid responses.

  10. Liaison with Law Enforcement: Cooperating and communicating with law enforcement agencies as needed, providing support or information during investigations.

  11. Loss Prevention: Deterring theft, vandalism, or other criminal activities by maintaining a visible presence and promptly reporting suspicious behavior.

  12. Adherence to Policies and Regulations: Enforcing company policies, security protocols, and applicable laws or regulations.

It’s important to note that the specific duties of an unarmed security guard may vary depending on the location, type of establishment, and specific responsibilities assigned by the employer. 

To get a security licence in Sydney you must first complete a CPP20218-Certificate II Security Operations, pre-qualifications including being 18 years old, a fit and proper person to hold the class of licence, no criminal record.

The security guard course comprises of fourteen (14) units of competency including the prerequisite unit  Provide First Aid which must be possessed before you enrol.

Combined with outstanding support both during and after your course, you will be supported to gain the knowledge and qualifications to apply for a Class 1A security licence, to become a security guard.

The candidate sought to hold a Security Licence in NSW must operate as a Security Guard in NSW and be employed by a master licensee, or hold a master licence of their own.

You must also apply to the Security Licence Enforcement Directorate (SLED) for a licence. At the time of applying, you must provide SLED with 100 points of ID, your current first aid certificate and a CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations.

Physical fitness requirements for security guards may vary depending on the specific job role and employer. While there might not be standardised fitness tests or requirements for all security guard positions, having a certain level of physical fitness can be beneficial in performing the duties effectively. Some security guard roles, such as those involving patrolling large areas or responding to physical altercations, may require a higher level of physical fitness.

It is important for security guards to possess basic physical capabilities such as endurance, strength, and agility to carry out tasks such as patrolling, standing or walking for extended periods, and responding to emergencies if needed. Additionally, maintaining overall good health and physical fitness can contribute to one’s ability to handle stressful situations, maintain focus, and react swiftly when necessary.

It is recommended for individuals interested in pursuing a career as a security guard to maintain a reasonable level of physical fitness through regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle. However, specific fitness requirements, if any, would be determined by the employer or organisation offering the security guard position.

There are various types of security guard positions available, catering to different industries and specific security needs. Some common types of security guard positions include:

  1. Corporate Security Guard: Provides security services within corporate settings, such as office buildings, ensuring the safety of employees, visitors, and property.

  2. Residential Security Guard: Guards residential areas, including gated communities, apartment complexes, or private residences, to maintain a secure environment for residents and their property.

  3. Retail Security Guard: Works in retail environments, such as malls, stores, or supermarkets, to deter theft, monitor surveillance systems, and ensure a safe shopping experience for customers and staff.

  4. Event Security Guard: Provides security services during events, concerts, conferences, or exhibitions, managing access control, crowd management, and handling potential security threats.

  5. Hospital Security Guard: Ensures the safety and security of patients, visitors, and staff within healthcare facilities, managing access control, responding to emergencies, and preventing disruptions.

  6. Educational Institution Security Guard: Guards schools, colleges, or universities, maintaining a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors, enforcing security protocols, and responding to incidents.

  7. Government Facility Security Guard: Provides security services for government buildings, facilities, or institutions, enforcing security procedures, protecting sensitive information, and ensuring the safety of personnel and visitors.

  8. Industrial/Construction Site Security Guard: Protects industrial facilities, construction sites, or warehouses, preventing unauthorized access, monitoring equipment, and safeguarding valuable assets.

  9. Mobile Patrol Security Guard: Conducts mobile patrols in designated areas, monitoring multiple locations, responding to alarms or incidents, and providing a visible security presence.

  10. Transportation Security Guard: Works in transportation hubs, such as airports, train stations, or ports, ensuring the safety of passengers, screening luggage, and maintaining order in public areas.

Security guards face various challenges in their roles, depending on the specific environment and circumstances they operate in. Some common challenges faced by security guards include:

  1. Safety and Security Threats: Security guards often encounter potentially dangerous situations, including dealing with unruly individuals, diffusing conflicts, and responding to security breaches or emergencies.

  2. Vigilance and Alertness: Maintaining constant vigilance and staying alert for any suspicious activities or threats can be mentally and physically demanding, especially during long shifts or in high-stress environments.

  3. Monotony and Boredom: In certain assignments or posts, security guards may face long periods of inactivity or limited tasks, leading to monotony and boredom, which can impact their focus and motivation.

  4. Dealing with Difficult Individuals: Security guards may encounter individuals who are uncooperative, aggressive, or confrontational. Effectively handling such situations while maintaining professionalism and ensuring everyone’s safety can be challenging.

  5. Physical Demands: Depending on the position, security guards may be required to stand or walk for extended periods, work in challenging weather conditions, or perform physically demanding tasks, which can be physically exhausting.

  6. Shift Work and Irregular Hours: Security guards often work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. This can disrupt their sleep patterns, personal life, and social interactions.

  7. Communication and Conflict Resolution: Effective communication is crucial for security guards to interact with the public, colleagues, and law enforcement. Resolving conflicts, diffusing tense situations, and communicating clearly under pressure require strong interpersonal skills.

  8. Adherence to Protocols and Procedures: Security guards must consistently follow strict protocols and procedures, including access control, reporting incidents, and enforcing rules. This requires attention to detail and adherence to guidelines.

  9. Patrolling and Surveillance: Conducting thorough patrols, monitoring surveillance systems, and remaining attentive to potential security risks require focus, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask.

  10. Emotional Resilience: Security guards may witness or experience distressing or traumatic events. Building emotional resilience and coping mechanisms to manage stress, anxiety, and potential psychological impact is essential.

It’s important for security guards to receive proper training, support, and ongoing professional development to effectively navigate these challenges and ensure their own safety, as well as the safety of others.

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