Using Cert III in Security to get a QLD security license

When it comes to applying for a security license in QLD, for part of the training, you have a choice of studying either the Level II units or the Level III units. Because licensing units do not necessarily lead to a full certificate in QLD, depending on your unit selection, you will end up getting a Statement of Attainment in Certificate II or III in Security Operations, or a full Certificate II or III in Security Operations.

We will use the crowd controller license as an example here.

Scenario 1: select Level III units when there is an option

There are 14 required units to get the crowd controller license. And the 14 units are made up of the eight core units in the Certificate III in Security Operations and six specified elective units. Hence, if you choose to do all the Level III units when there is an option, you will end up getting a full Certificate III in Security Operations. Furthermore, you will be able to use this to get both unarmed security officer and crowd controller security license.

In QLD, if you have not obtained a Certificate III or above, or not currently enrolled in a Certificate III course, you may be eligible to get C3G funding to do the Certificate III in Security Operations.

However, as all the other states specify Level II units when it comes to security licencing, studying Level III units may present issues if you ever move interstate and try to seek mutual recognition.

Scenario 2: select Level II units when there is an option

If you choose to study Level II units when there is an option, all the 14 required units in the crowd controller license training will not give you the full Certificate II in Security Operations as crowd controller license does not require CPPSEC2004B which is a core unit in the Certificate II. Neither will you be able to use the 14 completed units to apply for an unarmed security officer license because of the same reason (CPPSEC2004B missing).

However, if you study CPPSEC2004B as an extra on top of the crowd controller license units, you will be able to apply for both unarmed security officer and crowd controller license, and get a full Certificate II in Security Operations. It is just that you will need to complete 15 units in total, instead of 14.

If you choose Level II units, you may not face any issues when you move interstate as Level II units are commonly used for licensing purposes in Australia.

To sum up, when it comes to security license training in QLD, you have the option of choosing to do either Level II or Level III units when allowed. This will have an impact on the type of qualifications you get upon course completion. If you are having issues deciding which path you want to take, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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