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Training requirements

The Private Security Act 2004 specifies that an applicant for a private security individual operator licence must have successfully completed the approved training requirements, or has their experience or training approved by the Chief Commissioner as relevant to each activity, or any aspect of each such activity that a person is authorised to carry on under the licence.

Only training that has been completed at an approved Registered Training Organisation will be accepted for licensing purposes.

It is not a requirement to have completed training to hold a Private Security Individual Registration for either Security Equipment Installer and/or Security Advisor.

If you have any further enquires please email (att: Security Industry) licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au

Providing evidence of training

Evidence of training that has not previously been provided to the Licensing and Regulation Division is valid for 12 months from the date of completion.

When renewing a current license you do not need to provide evidence of training. If, however, your licence expires or is cancelled for 12 months or longer you will have to provide new training certificates.

Currency of training qualifications

Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) will not accept any training qualifications or Statement of Results from applicants who have been out of the industry (have not held a security licence) for more than 12 months.

The applicant will be required to go to a licensed registered training provider to have their training qualifications or Statement of Results assessed and a new Statement of Results issued to reflect the current training requirement.

Overseas applicants

LRD will not issue a new licence or registration if there is less than 12 months remaining on an applicant's visa. Applicants who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents should not undertake any security training if they:

  • will have less than 12 months remaining on their visa after the completion of that training
  • are not able to meet the suitability reference requirements
  • are not able to meet the identification requirements

LRD must also be satisfied that all visa holders applying for a licence or registration have the appropriate work rights before they will issue the licence or registration.

Once LRD has issued a licence or registration, it is the responsibility of the individual visa holder and prospective employers to ensure visa conditions are not being breached.

Firearm licences can only be issued to Australian citizens or permanent residents. International applicants will not be endorsed for sub-activities for Armed Guard or Cash in Transit.

Additional information for student visa holders

Overseas students in Australia on student visas should be aware that there are additional requirements for the recognition of security training for licensing purposes.

LRD will only recognise security courses completed by overseas students that satisfy two conditions:

Private Security Licence Applications received from student visa holders who have been issued with a qualification from an RTO that does not have the relevant CRICOS registration will be deemed non-compliant and may be refused.

RTOs registered with CRICOS may not offer security courses that are CRICOS registered. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that any course they complete is CRICOS registered prior to enrolment.

Section 5 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) defines an overseas student as a person (whether within or outside Australia) who holds a student visa, but does not include students of a kind prescribed in the regulations.

Regulation 1.03 of the Migration Regulations 1994 provides a definition of a student visa and the relevant visa subclasses.

Re-qualification requirements for firearms licenses issued for security activities

The holder of a firearm licence issued for the genuine reason of Security Guard (Employee or Owner-Operator) or Prison Guard must re-qualify at an approved industry specific firearms training course once every financial year (1 July to 30 June).

Upon providing evidence of having completed re-qualification training once each financial year, the expiry date of the training will be automatically set to 30 June the following financial year (eg. training completed at any time in FY 17/18 will expire on 30 June 2019.)

The current approved security industry specific firearms training unit of competency is Control Security Risk Situation Using Firearms CPPSEC3008A.

This course is a two-day (16-hour) training program to be undertaken by an approved registered training organisation.

A copy of the training document must be provided to LRD either by post, email or fax, within seven days of the re-qualification having been completed.

It is the personal responsibility of each licence holder to ensure that they provide LRD with a copy of their certificate.

While LRD will accept certificates submitted by employers or trainers on behalf of licence holders, licence holders should not rely on, or assume that these parties will take responsibility for providing this documentation within the required timeframes.

When providing evidence of training licence holders should record their licence number on the training document to ensure records can be updated promptly.

Failure to comply with the re-qualification requirement by the end of each financial year (30 June) may result in the immediate suspension of the firearms licence under Section 47 of the Firearms Act 1996.

If a firearms licence issued for private security or prison guard genuine reasons is suspended, a private security licence holder will not be able to handle firearms in the course of their employment regardless of if their private security licence remains valid.

Where a licence holder is unable to undertake the re-qualification training by the annual expiry date (30 June) for reasons out of their control they must immediately notify LRD via post or email to advising of those reasons.

Concerns about the quality of training

Concerns and complaints regarding the quality of training being delivered by an approved training organisation should be reported to the training organisation in the first instance.

If you have serious concerns regarding the conduct of a security training organisation you should put your concerns in writing and email the Licensing and Regulation Division at licensingregulation@police.vic.com.au

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Reviewed 13 March 2019

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