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Certificate IV in Government Security

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  • Certificate IV in Government Security

    PSP40316 Certificate IV in Government Security

    This qualification allows for the attainment of occupational specific competencies for those working in operational roles undertaking government security related functions, with a particular focus on meeting the ethical and legislative requirements of the public service. It is suitable for individuals who need to apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in specific contexts within the security environment.

    The generalist qualification covers the broad range of skills required to operate without supervision in a government security environment.

    When you undertake this course with Asset College you will learn how to:

    • Apply government processes
    • Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
    • Undertake government security risk analysis
    • Handle security classified information
    • Provide government security briefings
    • Use advanced workplace communication strategies
    • Identify and treat risks
    • Gather information through interviews
    • Conduct data analysis
    • Conduct personnel security assessments

    On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate IV in Government Security (PSP40316).

    Job roles relevant to this qualification include:

    • Government Fraud Prevention Officer
    • Procurement Officer
    • Revenue Officer
    • Government Personnel Security Officer
    • Government Security Officer

    There are no formal prerequisite units required for entry into this course.

    You will however require intermediate English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills.

    Before commencing this course, you will be required to undertake an Online LLN ASSESSMENT. You can complete this higher level LLN test here now!

    If you are completing the course via an online or RPL delivery mode, you will need access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection.

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

    To complete this course you must demonstrate competency in a total of 14 units.

    Core Units

    • PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of the public service
    • PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
    • PSPSEC009 Handle sensitive information

    Elective Units

    • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
    • PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
    • PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information
    • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
    • PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies
    • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
    • PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation
    • PSPREG005 Assess compliance
    • PSPSEC015 Communicate security awareness
    • CPPSEC4003 Assess and advise on client security needs
    • CPPSEC4005 Facilitate security operations briefing and debriefing processes

    Alternative elective units may be available upon request, but are not guaranteed. You can view the full list of elective units available on The cost for custom unit packaging is $500 per qualification for full study or $250 for RPL.

    Standard Online Delivery

    1 unit per month for 14 months. Includes regular contact with a trainer. Should allow 20 – 25 hours per week to study.

    Accelerated Learning

    For people with prior knowledge, skills or qualifications. 2 units per month for 6 months. Should allow 30 – 40 hours per week to study.

    Assessment Only / RPL

    For people with evidence of their extensive experience.

    We aim to have all RPL assessments finalised within 12 weeks but it is usually much quicker. The actual timeframe depends on the course you are seeking RPL for, how long it takes you to supply the evidence and how long it takes us to verify your evidence.

    You can complete our Free Skills Assessment right now to determine if this is the right option for you.

    Custom Enrolment

    If you wish to customise your course, change your elective units or study load please contact us to request an individual learning plan.

    The number of hours outlined is a guide only and each individual will learn at a different pace. Students may request an extension or submit their assessments early as required to suit their individual learning needs.

    Online Resources

    Asset College delivers this qualification completely online. For some courses, learning material is not able to be printed or downloaded by students into PDF or Word format for offline purposes. If you would like to discuss printed materials, please contact us prior to enrolment.

    Other Information

    On enrolment, you will receive a customised training plan. This training plan will list all units of competency you will complete within this qualification along with their due dates for submission. Students must be submitting units by the due dates outlined on your training plan or an extension application will be required.

    Online Study – $3928

    RPL – $2040

    Payment Options

    Online Study

    1. Pay as you go

    Pay for each unit of your course as you commence it. Please view our Course Fees brochure to see first payment required plus fee per unit for your specific qualification.

    2. zipMoney – From $164 a week

    Up to 6 months interest free on zipMoney. Best for people with an existing zipMoney account.


    Individualised quotes will be discussed with our RPL Manager after submission of a free skills assessment. Please read the full outline on our RPL process here.

    1. 2 split payments

    Pay 50% of the course fees to begin your RPL, with 50% due on completion before your certificate is issued.

    2. zipMoney payments plan

    Other Information

    Please read our Course Fees and Refund policy here.

    Extension Request Fees

    Should you require an extension on your study, the following applies:

    Full Qualification
    One Month$150
    Six Months$300
    Single Unit
    One Month$50
    Six Months$150

    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.

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