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

Occupational licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply at the time of publication. 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!

Course Duration

Self-paced + classroom training

Students have 12 months to complete starting from date of enrolment.
Durations may vary depending on individual students.

Entry Requirements

Must hold a current Security Officers licensing in the relevant jurisdiction.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will attain 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.

An asterisk against a unit code listed below indicates that there is a prerequisite.


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

Current electives Australian Training Academy offer

Coming soon

CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CPPSEC2114 Monitor electronic security equipment and respond to alarm events
CPPSEC3107 Monitor security and coordinate response from control rooms
CPPSEC3108 Store, protect and dispose of security information
CPPSEC3109 Use and maintain security databases and compile reports
CPPSEC3110 Control persons using batons
CPPSEC3111 Restrain persons using handcuffs
CPPSEC3112 Manage training and wellbeing of dogs for security functions
CPPSEC3113 Handle dogs for security patrols
CPPSEC3114 Control security risk situations using firearms
CPPSEC3115 Carry, operate and maintain revolvers for security purposes
CPPSEC3116 Carry, operate and maintain semi-automatic pistols for security purposes
CPPSEC3117 Carry, operate and maintain shotguns for security purposes
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
CPPSEC3124 Prepare and present evidence in court
CPPSEC3125 Implement security procedures to protect critical infrastructure and public assets
CPPSEC3126 Defend persons using spray
CPPSEC3127 Conduct security screening using x-ray equipment
CPPSEC3128 Conduct security screening using walk-through metal detection equipment
CPPSEC3129 Conduct security screening using explosive trace detection equipment
CPPSEC3130 Conduct security screening using hand-held metal detectors
CPPSEC3131 Select, use and maintain body armour for security purposes
HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid
HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation
PMAOMIR210 Control evacuation to muster point
TLIB0002 Carry out vehicle inspection
TLIC1051 Operate commercial vehicle




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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