ACT Certificate II in Security Operations

ACT Security Training Course

Qualify to Become an Unarmed Security Guard!

8am - 5pm Daily Class
Monday to Friday
Weekend Classes Available
Access Canberra Approved
Registered Training Provider
3 Weeks Course Duration

Course Overview

Certificate II in security operations provides students with the knowledge and skills to thrive in their future. Start your career as an unarmed security guard. The program award graduates with a Certificate II in Security Operations. After graduating, you can apply for an ACT security licence. Depending on the type of security licence class, you may perform security guard duties as a crowd controller or unarmed guard. Students are also able to perform static guard or mobile patrol guard duties.

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Over the past seven years and counting, more than ten thousand students have passed through Vigil Training College on their way to professional glory. Enrol today to start your career in the security industry and join the legion of security experts. Check out the course requirements below!

There are many benefits of completing Certificate II in Security from Vigil Training College. Our training course is Access Canberra Approved. Vigil is a registered training organisation (RTO). We provide nationally recognisable course training. Graduates who earn their certificate II in ACT security operations will be able to fill any number of professional roles, including:

  • Serving as static guards
  • Acting as security officers on mobile patrol
  • Assessing risk as crowd controllers
  • Watching and protecting property
  • Preventing the loss of property
  • Providing cash-in-transit services
Notably, none of the positions we have highlighted requires a guard dog or a firearm. Please note, Certificate II in Security Operations does not cover armed security guard training.

ACT Security Course Pre-Requisites

To enrol, students must meet certain prerequisites. You need to complete first aid training and pass the language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test.

There is No Formal Education Requirement

ACT Certificate II in Security Operations course does not require applicants to have any formal education. Therefore, even if you did not complete your high school certificate, you can still enrol in this course.

Applicants Must Pass a Language Comprehension Test

Before embarking on your journey to become a security officer in ACT, you must prove that you have the language skills necessary to understand the training course. All applicants must take an English Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) test.

Failing the language comprehension assessment is not the end of the road. If that happens, Vigil staff will be more than happy to refer you to an external training provider that can help you prepare for the LLN test.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Vigil Training College offers RPL in CPP20218 Certificate II in Security operations course. For candidates seeking RPL, please refer to the RPL process detailed in the Students Handbook.

Credit Transfer Policy

Credit transfer is permitted, if a student has attained the unit/s of competency from another registered training organisation. Please refer to the Students handbook for further details.

Course Duration and Delivery Method

The course is delivered as a blended program, which requires two weeks of classroom-based study and one of week self-study.

  • The first week – Classroom (Monday – Friday daily 8 am to 5 pm, including 1-hour break).
  • Second Week: Self-Study.
  • Third Week – Classroom (Monday – Friday daily 8 am to 5 pm, including daily one hour break).


The self-study aims to provide you with a better understanding of the course. On completion of your enrolment, you will receive course material and a workbook. You must complete the workbook before attending the second week of classroom-based sessions.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed through a range of assessment methods, including knowledge-based quizzes, case studies, report-writing, role-plays assessments throughout the course.

Course Requirements

To obtain Certificate II in Security Operations and apply for ACT Security Licence, you must meet all course requirements.

Required 100% Attendance

You must attend maintain 100% attendance during the course duration. If you skip or take an absence in any class, you must make it up at a future course. You will not receive your certificate or eligible to apply for a licence unless you meet the attendance requirement.

Dress Code Requirements

In your professional capacity as a security guard, you need to maintain a presentable look. That is why we try to instil the values of looking clean and neat during our security guard training program. With that in mind, we expect all our students to put their best foot forward in class too.

After completing the required units of qualification, you will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course successfully, graduates receive fourteen units of competency. Additionally, students also receive a statement of attainment for Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) module. 

List of Units

  1. CPPSEC2102 – Apply legal and procedural requirements to work effectively within a security team
  2. CPPSEC2103 – Apply WHS, emergency response and evacuation procedures to maintain security
  3. CPPSEC2104 – Apply risk assessment to select and carry out response to security risk situations
  4. CPPSEC2107 – Patrol premises to monitor property and maintain security
  5. CPPSEC2109 – Monitor and control access and exit of persons and vehicles from premises
  6. CPPSEC2108 – Screen people, personal effects and items to maintain security
  7. CPPSEC2106 – Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques
  8. CPPSEC2101 – Apply effective communication skills to maintain security
  9. CPPSEC2110 – Monitor and control individual and crowd behaviour to maintain security
  10. CPPSEC2111 – Apply security procedures to manage intoxicated persons
  11. CPPSEC2112 – Apply security procedures to remove persons from premises
  12. CPPSEC2113 – Escort and protect persons and valuables
  13. CPPSEC2105 – Provide quality services to a range of security clients

ACT Security Licence Requirements

Before applying for the ACT security licence, you need to ensure you meet all licence requirements. You must complete your certificate II in security operations and meet criminal record and fingerprint requirements.

Licence Application Form 

Applicant needs to submit appropriate forms along with a fee for obtaining the licence. People who are looking to apply for a security licence class 1 A & C should compile their:

  • Pre-enrolment language assessment results
  • First Aid certificate (HLTAID011 or HLTAID014 — though HLTAID003 and HLTAID006 will be admissible until October 2021 as well)
  • CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations from a Access Canberra approved training facility

Identity Verification

Applicants will also need to get several identity verification forms:

  • A fingerprint-verified certificate from the Federal Police, the ACIC, or a State Police force that's no more than two months old (if the applicant has already provided a fingerprint-verified police check to Access Canberra, they can apply with a name-only form instead)
  • A primary and secondary identity, particularly for those who reside more than 100 kilometres outside the ACT border (in that case, applicants will need their employer's declaration of endorsement)
  • A certificate from an employee organisation indicating that they have attended a workplace information session as per Regulation guidelines

Why Do I need to Provide Criminal Record and Fingerprint Verification?

These precautions exist to prevent individuals who were found guilty of violent assault, dishonesty, or theft relating to firearms and terrorism from obtaining a security licence ACT. After all, the Security Industry Act of 2003 strictly prohibits people who have been convicted of crimes in the previous ten years from serving as security officers. What's more, it allows the Commissioner of Fair Trading to take any information provided by the Chief Police Officer into consideration when deciding whether to issue a security licence to an applicant.

If you are interested in learning more about the application process for the ACT security licence, visit the Access Canberra website.

You Need a Valid First Aid Certificate

You must have a current First Aid certificate. Students who do not have a valid first-aid certificate cannot apply for ACT Security Licence. First aid training is a core module CPP20218 of ACT Certificate II in Security Operations.

If your first aid certificate has expired, you can renew it by undertaking either, First Aid Course (HLTAID003) or Provide CPR course (HLTAID001). If you need to complete your First Aid Training or First Aid refresher course, you can do it as part of your security guard training.

credit transfer.

How to Apply for ACT Security Licence?

Graduates can submit their ACT security licence application online or by mail. Alternatively, they may go to one of the Access Canberra Service Centres in Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden, or Gungahlin. Applicants who lodge their application by mail, email, or fax will still have to visit a Service Centre to provide a signature and photo.

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