Security Course – International Students Australia


Fortunately, Skills Training College is fully registered with CRICOS and able to provide for the training needs of international students, permanent residents, and Australian citizens alike. (CRICOS Registration Number #03884A)

Enrol today to explore our fully up-to-date curriculum, using best practice modern training techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Give your security career the best start possible! 

Note: This course is highly in demand – you may wish to book well in advance.

To ensure your place in our Certificate II in Security Operations course, book via our course calendar, or contact us today.

If you’re studying in Australia with a student visa, you should be eligible to participate in fee-for-service training

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The full cost for the CPP20218 Certificate (day or night classes) is $1500 – all costs inclusive.

Day Class:

The course normally takes three weeks of full-time study – 9am-5pm, five days a week (Monday to Friday). That means a total of 15 days of full-time training.


Level 2 – 45 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Unit 6, 9 Frinton Street, Southport QLD 4215, Australia

CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations

The CPP20218 Certificate provides training both in unarmed guard duties and crowd control. The course provides the training you need to work in the private security industry (in manpower), and can open up career opportunities in crowd control, security for hotels, pubs and clubs, mobile patrol duties, concierge roles, security for functions and festivals, and shopping centre security. For more details about the course and how to book, give us a call today on (08) 8317 5113, or get in touch through the contact us page.

The CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations qualification is nationally recognised.

Security Operations Course – Full Face to Face

The Certificate II in Security Operations is a fully face-to-face course taught at one of our many training venues (in all Australian capital cities and many regional centres). A fully accredited trainer runs the course, and students can take part in additional hours to provide other learning opportunities. All theory and assessment are completed during the training sessions, meaning on successful completion of the course, Students can often receive their official accreditation on the same day.

Course Start Date:

You can get up-to-date information on the dates and times of our security guard training and other security courses by checking out our course calendar. It’s also a great place to get started if you want to book yourself into a class right away!

Pre-Requisites and Entry requirements:

The Certificate II in Security Operations has no prerequisite training – it’s available to people of any training background who are eligible to study in Australia.

Minimum Age:

To enrol in Skills Training College’s CPP20218 course, you’ll need to be 18 years of age or older.

Language, Learning & Numeracy

Skills Training College’s courses do require that all students have basic fluency in written and spoken English. We also require that students have numeracy skills suitable for private security work. This will be determined through your LLN Assessment (which is part of your pre-training review).

Physical requirements:

Certificate II in Security Operations, like security work in general, requires a reasonable physical strength and fitness level. Participants must be able to perform general physical tasks as part of their day-to-day routine. They must be capable of remaining on their feet for long periods, and they must be able to read and respond to visible and audible signs of trouble.

Please Note: International students will need to provide some documentation to us before the day your training commences. You’ll need to attend personally rather than having someone else deliver your documentation, for verification purposes.

You’ll need to provide us with the following:

  • Student VISA;

  • Passport;

  • Any previous Certificates / Training / Qualifications;

  • Health Insurance details (current);

  • Photo ID;

  • Resume / CV;

  • English proficiency evidence (IELTS or PTE) (must be dated within the past two years);

  • USI number (Unique Student Identifier) – If you do not have one, you can apply for one at;

  • Evidence you’re at least 18 years of age; and

  • A signed statement that you have no criminal history

If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to contact us.

Course Calendar

LocationCourse TitleTraining BeginsPrice
(ex GST)

Unit 6
9 Frinton Street
Southport 4215

Certificate II in Security OperationsMon, 1 Aug 2022

In addition to the core units, Skills Training College offers two additional modules which can be added to your course enrolment at checkout. These are not required for completion of the CPP20218 training but can provide valuable additional skills and qualifications that will help you stand out to a prospective employer.


SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol

SITHFAB002 provides training in providing the service of alcohol within a licenced venue, and it is often required for anyone working within a given licenced venue. Including this with your security training will let you be fully qualified and prepared for working as security in a licenced venue.


SITHGAM001 Provide responsible gambling service

SITHGAM001 training prepares you to work in a venue that provides gambling services to patrons. This will allow you to work security at casinos and any kind of venue with a gaming area or other gambling services (such as clubs with poker machines).

Consumer and Business Services licencing

Completing your Certificate II in Security Operations will provide the basis for various licences and endorsements – such as a Private Security Individual Licence for the categories of Security Guard (Unarmed Guard), Crowd Controller, and Control Room Operator.

Course Outline:

To demonstrate competency and receive your nationally recognised qualifications in Special Operations Certificate II, you must successfully complete the fourteen (14) core units listed below:

Core Units

CPPSEC2101 Apply effective communication skills to maintain security

CPPSEC2102 Apply legal and procedural requirements to work effectively within a security team

CPPSEC2103 Apply WHS, emergency response and evacuation procedures to maintain security

CPPSEC2104 Apply risk assessment to select and carry out response to security risk situations

CPPSEC2105 Provide quality services to a range of security clients

CPPSEC2106 Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques

CPPSEC2107 Patrol premises to monitor property and maintain security

CPPSEC2108 Screen people, personal effects and items to maintain security

CPPSEC2108 Screen people, personal effects and items to maintain security

CPPSEC2109 Monitor and control access and exit of persons and vehicles from premises

CPPSEC2110 Monitor and control individual and crowd behaviour to maintain security

CPPSEC2111 Apply security procedures to manage intoxicated persons

CPPSEC2112 Apply security procedures to remove persons from premises

CPPSEC2113 Escort and protect persons and valuables

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid


In addition to being valuable in its own right, the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations qualification provides a useful jump point into further security training in more specialised fields. Some of the opportunities for further study provided by CPP20218 include:

  • AVI20118 Certificate II in Transport Security Protection

  • CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services

  • Firearms and Defensive Tactics for the Security Industry [QLD only]

  • Industry Skill Sets – Bodyguard, Cash-in-Transit, Batons and Handcuffs [QLD only]

  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (required for crowd controllers) [QLD only]

  • OHS White Card (required for a number of static guard positions) [QLD only]

Licencing Requirements

Licencing Requirements & Licensing Information – Australia Wide

Have a look below for some of the specific licencing information for different Australian regions.

South Australia

In South Australia, once you have obtained your security licence, you’ll still need to complete your “SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol” course to gain employment at licenced premises.

Once you’re fully certified, you can apply to the Commissioner of Liquor and Gambling for additional licensing.

You should note that the older qualification – CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations – became outdated in August 2020 and is no longer accepted.


Completion of the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations will allow you to apply to the Office of Fair Trading for a Class 1 Security Providers Licence with the following functions:

  • Security Officer (Unarmed)

  • Monitoring (Monitoring no longer requires additional training to be added to your security licence).

  • Crowd Controller

Once your qualifications are completed, the Office of Fair Trading can process your Security Providers Licence Application. While applying for the licence, fees may be incurred for the application, fingerprinting, and criminal history check processes. These fees are entirely independent of the CPP20218 training and must be paid along with your licence application to the Office of Fair Trading.

In Queensland, professional bodyguards and crowd controllers must complete refresher training every three years to retain their licence. You can find more information at the licencing website.

Note that from 2020, crowd controllers and unarmed security officers must have completed all 14 core modules of the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations to be issued a new licence.

Northern Territory

To work in security within the Northern Territory, you must complete a fingerprint check with the NT Police (as required by SAFE NT). For more information about security licencing in the NT, you can check out the Northern Territory Government Website.


As of September 2020, CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations is now the accepted standard for security training – older certificates such as CPP20212 are no longer accepted for licencing applications. Check the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services website for more security licencing information.

New South Wales

In NSW, CPP20218 is only mandatory for new security licences. Although if an existing licence is allowed to lapse, the licence holder may be required to do CPP20218 training to be eligible for a re-issued licence – you’ll need to contact the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) to check. For contact details or more information, check out the SLED website.


Since July 2020, all RTOs offering security training in Victoria are now delivering the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations course as the standard for unarmed guard and crowd control training. 

Previous training is currently valid unless your licence lapses (or is cancelled) for 12 months or more. In this case, you’ll need to re-apply for your licencing, which will require the new CPP20218 training certificate.

Western Australia

Skills Training College’s Certificate II in Security Operations provides the skills and knowledge to allow students to pass the WA Police examination for security licenses. 

To review the steps needed to obtain a security licence in WA, check out the WA police website.