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Security – Firearms and Defensive Tactics

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  • Security – Firearms and Defensive Tactics

    Armed Security Guard Training

    Firearms and Defensive Tactics

    Interested in becoming an Armed Security Guard?

    This program has been specifically designed to meet the licensing requirements for a Security (Guard) Weapons Licence in Queensland.

    Our Armed Security Guard course instructors are industry professionals with several years’ experience in the safe handling of firearms in Security, Military, and Recreational Shooting environments.

    This program has been specifically designed to meet the licensing requirements for a Security (Guard) Weapons Licence in Queensland.

    This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to:

    • safely and effectively determine a response to risk situations
    • manage incidents using firearms, ballistic vests, batons and handcuffs.

    Participants will also receive training in:

    • weapon retention
    • weapon disarming
    • weapon maintenance
    • the legalities pertaining to the use of force

    If you are already a licensed Armed Security Officer and need to complete your re-validation course, you will need to complete Annual Firearms Re-certification.

    On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment.

    This will allow for the application to Weapons Licensing Queensland for a Security (Guard) Firearms Licence with firearm categories C & E. You will also participate in Firearms Safety (Category H).

    This will be a requirement for the following job roles:

    • Armed Guard
    • Armed Cash in Transit
    • Plain Clothes Cash-in-Transit


    In order to qualify for a Security Licence (Guard) in Queensland, all applicants applying for this type of licence, must provide with their new licence application, a statement of attainment (issued in the last 12 months) from an RTO showing they have completed the appropriate units of the CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations.

    Applications made for Security Guard Firearms Licences are handled by the Weapons Licencing Branch of the Queensland Police. This service incurs a fee to process, approve and issue licences which is not included in the cost of the course.

    The licensing application process will be discussed on the course. For more information please head to Weapons Licensing QLD. 

    In order to undertake this course, you must:

    • Currently hold or be applying for a Class 1 Security Providers Licence having completed CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations with the licence function Cash In Transit.
    • Be 18 years of age or older and have had no criminal convictions in previous 10 years to be eligible for a Security Providers Licence. Note: driving offences (e.g. speeding, drink driving, etc.) are not normally disqualifying offences.
    • Be an Australian Citizen or hold an appropriate Visa to work in the Security Industry in Queensland.

    Please be advised we are unable to train students on a student visa. You must find a CRICOS registered training provider.

    You will need to provide on enrolment:

    • Enrolment Form
    • USI
    • Photo Identification
    • Payment

    To complete this course you must demonstrate competency in a total of 10 units.

    • CPPSEC3115 Carry, operate and maintain revolvers for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3116 Carry, operate and maintain semi-automatic pistols for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3117 Carry, operate and maintain shotguns for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3101 Manage conflict and security risks using negotiation
    • CPPSEC3103 Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3102 Maintain operational safety and security of the work environment
    • CPPSEC3114 Control security risk situations using firearms
    • CPPSEC3110 Control persons using baton
    • CPPSEC3111 Restrain persons using handcuffs
    • WSCQPS005 Demonstrate the safe use of category H firearms

    Units in this course cannot be changed.

    This course is delivered face-to-face over 1 week (5 days). You will complete theory assessments online in class. You will attend 1 day at a live firing range where you will receive individual coaching before your safe handling skills and marksmanship are assessed.

    This course is currently delivered at the following locations:

    • North Lakes (QLD)
    • Ashmore (QLD)

    Asset College does not offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on courses with industry licensing outcomes. This includes the Firearms Skill Set course regardless of previous firearms handling experience.

    Asset College does not offer online training for this course.


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    Please read our Course Fees and Refund policy here.

    Assessment Re-Submission Fees

    Should you be deemed not competent after 2 attempts at a unit of competency, an assessment re-submission fee of $50 will apply per assessment.


    Should you wish to cancel your course or your enrolment is cancelled by us due to no progress and you then wish to re-enrol, a re-enrolment fee of 25% of the standard course fee will apply if requested within 3 months of initial cancellation. If re-enrolment is requested within 4 – 12 months of initial cancellation, 50% of the standard course fee will apply.

    Student Testimonials

    The instructor was an absolutely amazing instructor. He had a wealth of knowledge and experience and delivered lectures with detail and a little humour which makes for a perfect learning environment..

    Michael SlorachFormer student

    Engaging. Everyone is part of the learning experience. I received support from everyone. The visual learning was easy to understand and acknowledge. Through their reassurance my motivation held strong throughout the course.

    Gail CarterFormer student

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