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National Certificates in Security (Levels 2 & 3)

Level 2 and 3

Learn essential skills to gain employment in the security industry with UCOL's National Certificates in Security.

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Quick info

Level: 2 and 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui

19 Feb 2018 - 16 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
Level 2 - Nil fees; Level 3 $3,316.96Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL's National Certificates in Security will equip you with the skills, knowledge and attributes required to work in the security industry. 

You'll learn:

  • the law as it applies to the New Zealand security industry
  • protective security
  • communication skills
  • health and safety
  • risk management
  • dealing with emergencies, including application of first aid
  • conflict management
  • control of entry and exit to premises
  • threat identification
  • about the threat presented by terrorism
  • how to operate electronic surveillance systems
  • lawful use of force
  • how to manage security incidents, breaches and suspects

How to apply
When applying you'll need to select both of the following programmes:

  • National Certificate in Security Level 2
  • National Certificate in Security (Site Security) Level 3

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Major security firms
  • Individual businesses
  • Government departments
  • Specialist security work, such as mobile patrols, event and site security, noise control, personal protection, retail security, secure transport, biosecurity and electronic security
  • Or staircase to further study
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Security Workers.

 Course Information

  • Managing Suspects
  • Emergency Response
  • First Aid
  • Bomb Search
  • Fire fighting
  • Self Defence
  • Criminal law
  • Airport Screening
  • Report Writing
  • Court Procedures
  • Terrorism
  • Protective Security
  • Gym Membership
  • Work Experience

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

  • Red Badge
  • First Security
  • Allied Security
  • CDS Security
  • Armourguard

 Learning Facilities

Subject-expert lecturers provide intense assistance to students in a classroom environment with practical, field-based and work-based components integrated into the programme. Students learn utilising the latest equipment and methods.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants must undertake a criminal history check to ensure they are eligible for a Security Licence (Certificate of Approval). Not all offences will prohibit entry.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL).  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's National Certificate in Security (Site Security) comprises 120 credits.

Students must be 18 years of age before they are eligible to obtain a Security Licence (Certificate of Approval (COA). This is a requirement of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (section 33). For those under 18 years of age an application for the appropriate COA can be made to the Ministry of Justice and the application will be placed on hold until the applicant turns 18.

Persons working or intending to work as a security officer or in related security employment may require a Security Guards Licence or, if an employee of a Security Guard Licence holder, a Certificate of Approval to be the Responsible Employee of a Security Guard. Both are issued by the Registrar of Private Investigators and Security Guards.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements  for operating in the workforce for security and protection services. As they are expected to keep a reasonable level of fitness to physically carry out the practical components of the programme, it is expected that students will actively belong to a gym to manage their personal fitness. It is also noted that students may spend long periods on their feet while completing their work experience requirements.

Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the programme leader before the programme begins.

The National Certificate in Security, Level 2 is a pre-requisite qualification for the National Certificate in Security (Site Security), Level 3.

Work experience
Students are required to undertake a minimum of 325 hours work experience. Every reasonable step is taken to ensure student safety while they are in the workplace. 

It should be noted that a significant amount of work experience for this programme is likely to be paid work experience, so employers will have a primary responsibility for your safety. 

Work experience hours may be required to be undertaken during evenings and over weekends.

You can expect to attend up to 30 hours per week of timetabled theory and practical classes in both the Certificates. Although, changes may be made from time to time. Your study times at UCOL are generally Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Independent learning
As well as your timetabled classes, you are expected to spend up to 9.5 hours per week doing your own learning. This time is dedicated to self-directed research, study and completion of your assignments, plus online work (as applicable).

Students at HLC Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Completed Police Declaration Form
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

  • Travel to/from work experience
  • Purchase of a uniform comprising of boots, trousers, a white shirt and a tie (Approximately $240)
  • Certificate of Approval from Ministry of Justice (Approximately $187)


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.