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Private Security Trainer

Release date: Wed 24 October 2012

Last updated: Wed 27 June 2018

Any person wanting to apply for a Private Security Individual Operator Licence (with the exception of a licence in the activity of trainer) must provide proof they have the required training qualification or a statement of attainment applicable to that licence activity issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) licensed by Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division. If not, the training qualification may not be accepted for licensing purposes.

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Australian Skills & Quality Authority (ASQA) are responsible for registering and regulating local and interstate training organisations operating in Victoria that want to offer vocational education and training (VET) courses and qualifications.

Training organisations must be registered either with the VRQA or ASQA and have the relevant security courses on their scope of registration in order to issue qualifications and statements of attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

New licensing requirement

Changes to the Private Security Act 2004 (The Act) on the 4th July 2011 require that all RTOs wishing to deliver training for security licensing purposes must hold a Private Security Business Licence in the activity of "trainer".

All individual trainers engaged by a licensed RTO for security licensing purposes must hold a Private Security Individual Operator Licence in the activity of "trainer".

Section 3 of the Act outlines a Private Security Trainer as -

(a) a person engaged by a registered education and training organisation to provide or assess private security training; or

(b) a registered education and training organisation that provides or assesses private security training;

A "registered education and training organisation" has the same meaning as in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

Offences

Offences relevant to a trainer licence for both individuals and businesses commence has been added to the following section in the Act:

Section 5 of the Act outlines it is an offence for a person to carry on the business of providing the services of other persons to carry on any of the activities outlined below:

(a) acting as an investigator; or
(b) acting as a bodyguard; or
(c) acting as a crowd controller; or
(d) acting as a security guard; or
(e) acting as a private security trainer

unless that person is the holder of a private security business licence that authorises that person to carry on the business of providing services of persons to carry on that activity.

Please Note: for full details relating to all legislative requirements refer to the Private Security Act 2004 and Private Security Regulations.

Click on a relevant topic for further information regarding trainers and registered training organisations:

Current list of registered training organisations
How to become a licensed training organisation
How to become a licensed trainer
How to become a Security Industry Firearms Instructor
VRQA, ASQA and the Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD)
Competencies for licensing activities
Minimum face-to face training hours for licensing courses
Licence Conditions for a training organisation
Reporting requirements for RTOs
Applications from RTOs for approval of trainers
Applications from RTOs for approval of training locations
Applications from licensed RTOs for approval of additional security courses
Complaints about training
What is the process after I apply for a business licence for trainer?

 
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