How to become a Security Officer

Security officers protect people and property, and maintain crowd control.

Personal requirements of a Security Officer

  • Physically fit (may be required to pass a medical examination)
  • Good hearing and eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Observant
  • Responsible and trustworthy
  • Assertive with good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Australian citizenship, or eligibility for citizenship, for Australian Protective Service Officer positions

Education & Training for a Security Officer

To become a security officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to undergo a pre-training National Police Check and/or attend an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a security officer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Additional Information
On completion of this training, you can apply for a licence from the relevant body in your state or territory. You must be over 18 years of age, obtain a National Police Certificate and hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate. People involved in security work usually need a drivers licence. Security officers working in licensed venues (where alcohol is served) will need a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. RSA short courses are widely offered by TAFE institutes and Registered Training Organisations.
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