What Security Course Do I Need?
The security industry offers many different options for aspiring security professionals.
For those who don’t like being stagnant in one role for too long, the security industry offers pathways into multi-disciplinary roles that are likely to provide you the variety that you need.
So now that you’ve started considering security as a future career, where do you start?
- Become a licensed Security Officer
- Branch out into aviation or maritime security
- Gain a higher qualification and some further skill sets
- Add Bodyguard to your licence
- Add a new direction with investigations
- Move up to a supervisory role
- Dip your toes into the world of government sector roles
To become a licensed Security Officer, you need to start with CPP2128 Certificate II in Security Operations. This is the new licensing standard and this is a must do course! It sets the foundations for every further pathway in the industry.
If you have an interest in security in airports or maritime ports you will need to first start with Certificate II in Security Operations and then move onto your desired stream under aviation and maritime security.
There’s 3 to choose from! If you want to only work in cargo security, you can go straight to the AVI20118 Certificate II in Transport Security Protection (Cargo), bypassing the Certificate II in Security Operations however this is not recommended. For future employment opportunities outside of cargo security, it is important to have your basic Class 1 Security Providers Licence.
Already licensed and want to learn more? The CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations and associated skill sets are for licensed individuals who wish to add specific functions to their licence.
Skill sets include:
- Control Room Operations
- Cash In Transit
- Batons and Handcuffs
Each of these skill sets come with their own licensing requirements too and open up even more options for employment in the security industry.
To work as a Bodyguard, you will need to study CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations. This is a new qualification that replaces the previous bodyguard units that were included in the old CPP30411 Certificate III in Security Operations.
You might want to do something completely different and become a Private Investigator, you will need the CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services. Like the above bodyguard qualification, this course allows you to add a new function to your licence and therefore provides even more diverse employment opportunities.
While that covers all of the functions that you can add to a Security Licence and many different avenues for you to pursue, you don’t have to stop there.
If you are interested in more senior roles in the security sector, check out courses under Security and Risk Management. These Certificate IV and Diploma level qualifications may have a licensing outcome in your state, but that doesn’t apply to all states. They explore more in-depth security management processes with a focus on risk and managing people.
Instead of going for a generalisd security management approach, if government operations is of interest to you then one of the government Certificate IV or Diploma courses might be the right path for further professional development.
For all government roles, check out the courses under Government where you can choose to focus either on security or investigations in the sector, depending on where your skills lie!
So, now that you know which course you need and what pathway to take, what’s your next move?