How Much Does the Security Guard Course Cost?
The security industry has a certain allure.
It offers variety, a way to get out of the office onto your feet, the chance to help people and a flexible roster that can work around study or family commitments.
It’s no wonder the security courses are some of our popular qualifications at ASSET
But if you’re thinking about making the switch to an exciting career in the security sector you might have a few questions about the course.
To read all about the process for becoming a security guard you can check out this post here.
One of most common questions we receive from prospective students is to do with the cost of becoming a security guard. How much does the security guard course cost and how much does it cost to apply for your security guard licence, what kind of funding is there for the course and how much do you make once you’re working in the industry.
These are important considerations for someone wanting to make the move into the security industry. But don’t worry we’re here to break it all down for you.
The Security Course Costs
To become a security guard you’ll need to complete the Certificate II in Security Operations.
This is the course required to apply for your Queensland Security Guard licence. The cost of the Certificate II in Security Operations standard fee is $1500 but there is some funding that you may be able to access.
The Certificate II in Security Operations with ASSET is funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee by the QLD Government for eligible participants.
This means if you are:
- over the age of 15 and no longer at school
- are an Australian Citizen or Permanent resident or on the path to residency with the necessary working visas
- and you have not completed or are currently enrolled in a certificate 3 or higher qualification you be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding.
If you are successful in the application for this funding the QLD government will cover the cost of the course and you will only have to pay a small student co-contribution fee of either $14 or $42 depending on if you hold a current healthcare card.
Not sure if you qualify for the funding? Contact our team and we do a eligibility checks with you.
If you don’t think you’d qualify for this funding but you are currently unemployed talk with your Job Active Provider about other funding options you may be able to access.
If you don’t qualify for any of the funding schemes don’t sweat it.
There are payment plan options that you can utilise to study now and pay later.
You can set up and pay through a zipMoney account with up to 6 months interest free.
Or you could look at the Study Pay option. There is no interest charged and you can pay weekly or fortnightly. There is just a $25 account setup fee. If you’d like to know a bit more about these options you can give us a call on 1300 731 602 and we can discuss your options.
The Cost of the Licence
Once you have completed your Certificate II in Security Operations and received your certificates it’s time to apply for your security guard licence.
This will involve making your application to the Office of Fair trading, completing a police check and getting fingerprinted.
The total cost is approximately $545 (as at 4th March, 2021) for a 1 year licence. Jobseekers be able to discuss this with your Job Active Provider and see if they are able to assist.
How Much do Security Guards Make
The rate for security guards varies depending on what kind of job you are doing, what pay level you are on, what hours youare working and whether you are on a casual, part-time or full-time rate with their company.
But it’s important to know what you’re entitled to.
As a qualified and licensed Security Officer you fall under the Security Services Award MA000016.
As a Security Officer level 1, full time the minimum pay rate is $22.28 per hour.
As a casual Security Officer level 1 on a day shift it is $27.38 per hour, for a night shift it is $32.13 per hour, for a Saturday you’d get $38.33 per hour and for a Sunday as a casual you’d get $49.28 per hour.
You can find out more about your rights in the industry and the pay rate here.