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CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations

This course is for those looking to apply for a Security Licence. It is the first course you must complete. Asset College’s security guard course was developed with industry, for industry and delivered by trainers with decades of experience in the industry!

We strongly recommend prior to enrolling into this course that you attend our Free Information Session first.

There are many pathways into security training and employment in the industry. Check out your options here.

As a Security Officer, you may be responsible for:

  • maintaining safety and security through patrols
  • protecting or guarding property while unarmed
  • screening entry of persons or items
  • monitoring the behaviour of others
  • removing persons from premises

Course Outcomes

One course offers many courses of action and pathways for you. The security industry is diverse and there are many job outcomes. If you attend one of our Free Information Sessions, all of these job pathways will be explained to you.

Upon successful competition of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate II in Security Operations (CPP20218) qualification.

First Aid is also included in this course. Students will receive a separate statement of attainment for HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

On completion of this course, you will be able to apply to the Office of Fair Trading for a Class 1 Security Providers licence with the functions:

  • Security Officer – Unarmed Guard
  • Security Officer – Crowd Controller
  • Security Officer – Monitoring

This course provides a pathway to further learning and work in various security roles and settings including, but not limited to:

  • armed guarding
  • cash-in-transit
  • close protection
  • control room operations
  • guard dog handling.

Not sure which security course fits your needs? Find out more about the requirements for security licensing and which course provides you your desired career outcome here!

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course you must:

  • Be eligible to apply for a Security Providers Licence in your state or territory:
    • Be 18 years or older
    • Have not been convicted of a disqualifying offence in the past 10 years
    • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate Visa to work in Australia
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment. Want to check your LLN level? Complete the assessment now.

You must be physically capable of responding to first aid emergency scenarios, including providing CPR to a manikin on the floor. Anyone in a wheelchair or with other disabilities that may impact their participation in these activities should contact us to discuss their individual circumstances before enrolling.

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

Units of Competency

The Certificate II in Security Operations course includes a total of 14 core units.

This qualification is based on the licensing requirements to obtain a Security Providers Licence in QLD, NSW, NT, SA, WA and TAS and therefore units within this course cannot be changed.

  • 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
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Delivery Options

You will attend 8 full days of face to face training 8.30am – 5.00pm.

The course schedule differs depending on the location. Some course schedules will include a requirement to attend on a Saturday. Please make sure that you check the dates of your course provided to you in your enrolment emails. You must attend all days.

You will need to undertake some pre-reading before the start of your course to make sure you are prepared. Any activities that you don’t get to complete throughout the course, will need to be completed in your own time.

You have 3 months to complete this course.

We have courses available at the following locations:

  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • North Lakes
  • Bulimba
  • Logan
  • Gold Coast
  • Tasmania
  • Darwin

There are many pathways into security training and employment in the industry. Check out your options here.

Prefer a course on the weekends? We are now taking expressions of interest for weekend security courses. Register here.


After completing this course it is strongly recommended that you go on to complete another security qualification in order to widen your employment opportunities. This may include:

Course Fees


Certificate 3 Guarantee Funded Co-Contribution Fees
Concession $14
Non-Concession $42

MSS Security Scholarships
Interested in working for MSS? Apply for a scholarship to fund your course fees and licence.

There are many pathways into security training and employment in the industry. Check out your options here.

Payment Options

Click here for further information on course fees, refunds and payment terms.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funded Co-Contribution Fees – Queensland Only

Skills Assure

Eligible students in Queensland may receive government subsidised training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

You can view more information about eligibility requirements here.

Please note the co-contribution fee may change after a review of your circumstances prior to enrolment in the qualification but will not exceed the above stated fees.

Please be advised that you will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program once you complete this qualification.

You can view the co-contribution fee breakdown per unit here.

You can review the Certificate 3 Guarantee Fact Sheet produced by the Department of Employment, Training and Small Business on their website.

Start funding application now!

If you need help with your application, please call us on 1300 731 602 or email us.

Other Information

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.

Licensing Requirements


Successful participants will be eligible to apply to the Office of Fair Trading for a Class 1 Security Providers Licence with the licence functions:

  • Security Officer (Unarmed)
  • Monitoring (Monitoring no longer requires additional training in order to be added as a function to your security licence).
  • Crowd Controller

QLD Security Providers Licence Applications are processed by the Office of Fair Trading after completing your course.

Fees are payable for the licence application, criminal history check and fingerprinting. These fees are not included in the course fee and should be paid separately to the Office of Fair Trading with your licence application.

Licensed Crowd Controllers and Bodyguards in QLD are required to complete refresher training every 3 years.

View the licensing website for more information.

From 21 January 2020, for unarmed security officers & crowd controllers licences your training must include all 14 core modules from CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations for new licences.

Northern Territory

You can find more information about licensing in the Northern Territory on the Northern Territory Government Website.

South Australia

Information about licensing requirements for South Australia can be found here.

Once you have obtained your security licence, you are required to complete an additional unit in order to gain employment at a licensed premises.

When competent you can apply to the Commissioner of Liquor and Gambling for additional licensing.

Old CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations qualifications will not be accepted for new licences after 1 August 2020.

Western Australia

We ensure our students have the knowledge and skills to not only be confident in their chosen job but also to pass the WA Police examination to get licensed in WA.

Review the steps to obtain your security licence in WA here.


Information about licensing requirements for Tasmania can be found here.

Licensing in this state continue to accept units from the old CPP20212 packages until 30 September 2020. After this date only units from the new Cert II CPP20218 will be accepted.

New South Wales

This new training is only for new licences, however if an existing licence is not renewed on time you will have to contact SLED to find out if you have to do the new training. The final date SLED will accept previous training is 31 December 2020.


As of 1 July 2020 all RTOs will be delivering the new CPP20218 unarmed guard and crowd control.

Evidence of training that has not previously been provided is valid for 12 months from the date of completion.

You do not need to do new training if renewing unless your licence expires or is cancelled for 12 months or more, you will have to reapply and you will have to provide new training certificates.

If you have been out of the industry (have not held a security licence) for more than 12 months, training qualifications or statements will not be accepted.

Free Career Information Sessions

If you’re still undecided about undertaking a career in security, you can register for a free career information session to help you make an informed decision.

Online Career Info Sessions – 10am every Friday – Jump on with your PC, Laptop, Tablet or Mobile

Also face to face sessions in South East Queensland second week of every month.

Gold Coast – 2nd Wednesday of the month 10am
Logan – 2nd Tuesday of the month 10am
North Lakes – 2nd Thursday of the month 10am

Interested in a Security Career Scholarship with MSS Security, one of Australia’s leading security providers?
Join us at one of our weekly MSS Security Security Career Info Sessions – Mondays at 1pm.

Employment Support

Asset College offers a number of employment support options to assist you while completing our security training program. This includes:

  • Employer Connection Events
  • Pre-Employment Support sessions to prepare you for job applications and interviews
  • Assistance with resumes and cover letters
  • Industry contacts who are constantly looking to employ our graduates
  • VIP access to jobs not usually advertised to the public

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“I am 44 and haven’t been in a classroom since leaving school. You all made that scary experience so easy and comfortable that I am looking into my next course with you.

Enjoyable, comfortable and such a clean and very welcoming atmosphere. Loved my trainer Bek she made everything relatable and easy for me to understand. She always helped when she noticed me struggling.

I have recommended you guys to my family and my niece is even enrolled to start with you next week.”

Rosa Pelite

State Winner

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