CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations

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Self-paced study + classroom training

This qualification reflects the role of a security officer, responsible for maintaining safety and security by patrolling, protecting and guarding property, and screening entry, monitoring behaviour and removing persons from premises.

Occupational titles include:

  • Security Officer
  • Unarmed Guard
  • Crowed Controller

This qualification is suitable for individuals who wish to deepen and broaden their skills and knowledge in security operations and lead security teams in the field. It provides a pathway to further learning and work in various security roles and settings, including security risk management.

Security officers at this level provide leadership in a team environment, operate under limited supervision, and use discretion and judgement in known and unpredictable work contexts. They take responsibility for their own outputs in work and learning, and limited responsibility for the output of others in the work team.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements

This qualification does not provide the required competencies for a security officer license. Learners who hold a security license may select units as part of this qualification required for additional license endorsements in;

  • Batons and handcuffs
  • Canine
  • Cash-in-Transit
  • Control room operations
  • Firearms

Please refer to the CPP Companion Volume Implementation Guide for information.


$1299 – Full Fee-Paying Student
Payment plans available

Payment Plan
4 payments of $324.75
Please notify administration on enrolment.

Course Duration

The course can be delivered over a range of course durations, depending on the needs and characteristics of the student(s) and their employer(s) where relevant.

The standard course duration is:

  • 6 months / 1 year full time; or
  • 12 months / 2 years part time.

Students may complete the program earlier than these timelines through achievement of RPL, credit transfer or competency-based progression through the course, but students who are new to industry will most likely take longer to complete.

Course Delivery

Theory Component
All Theory learning and assessment materials are Self-Paced Online Delivery
Practical Component
Upon successful completion of all theory components students will book in for practical training and assessment which is delivered and assessed as individual units. In Class practical

Entry Requirements

  • Must hold a current Security Officers licensing in the relevant jurisdiction.
  • Be over 18 Years of Age (it is a licensing requirement)
  • Not have been convicted of a disqualifying offence in the last 10 years
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have good time management skills for self-paced learning
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate Visa to work in Australia


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the nationally recognised Australian qualification CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

14 units of competency:

  • 8 core units
  • 6 elective units

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and are to be chosen as follows:

  • a minimum of 4 elective units must be chosen from the elective units listed below
  • up to 2 units may be chosen from the elective units listed below, or elsewhere from the CPP Property Services Training Package or other current Training Packages.

Electives selected from outside this qualification must be relevant to the occupational outcome.


Core Units

BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
CPPSEC3101 Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
CPPSEC3102 Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
CPPSEC3103 Determine and implement response to security risk situation
CPPSEC3104 Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
CPPSEC3105 Coordinate provision of quality security services to clients
CPPSEC3106 Gather, organise and present security information and documentation
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety


Elective Units

CPPSEC3118 Inspect and test cash-in-transit security equipment*
CPPSEC3119 Implement cash-in-transit security procedures*
CPPSEC3120 Load and unload cash-in-transit in secured and unsecured environments*
CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques
CPPSEC3122 Plan provision of close protection services
CPPSEC3123 Implement close protection services
HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid
HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
Asterisked (*) units are clustered – they do not have a pre-requisite


Successful participants will be eligible to add to their existing skill sets and will be eligible to apply to the Office of fair trading to add Cash in Transit functions to their Class 1 Security Officer Providers License.

QLD Security Providers License Applications are processed by the Office of Fair Trading after completing your course.
Fees are payable for the license 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 license application.




Certificate II

Crowd Controller

Security Installation Assistant

Unarmed Security Guard

Certificate III

Armed Security Guard

Close Protection Officer

Control Room Operations Coordinator

Dog Patrol Security Officer

Factual Investigator

Security Equipment Installer

Surveillance Investigator

Certificate IV

Event Security Advisor

Security Business Manager

Security Risk Advisor

Security Supervisor


Security Operations Manager

Advanced Diploma

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