Different security licence subclasses have different security training requirements.
Some licence subclasses, like 1E, 2B and 2C, do not require any formal training, while for others you need to complete specific security licence courses. Only training qualifications obtained through SLED-Approved Organisations are acceptable for Class 1 licence applications.
You do not need any formal training to apply for a Master licence.
Class 1 licence
All Class 1 licence applicants, except those applying for a 1E licence, are required to complete a NSW Security Licence Course (SLC).
SLED has a list of Approved Organisations who run these courses in NSW. You can view the list here.
All Class 1 licence applicants, except 1E, must complete:
- The SLED Pre-Enrolment Assessment - including a language, literacy and numeracy test (LLN)
- First Aid certificate - HLTAID011 or HLTAID014 (as per the Australian Skills Quality Authority, SLED will only accept the superseded HLTAID003 and HLTAID006 qualifications for licensing purposes if they were completed before 30 June 2022). You must make sure you keep your First Aid certificate current and renew it every three years while you hold a NSW security licence.
- The current approved mandatory units in CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations via a SLED-Approved Organisation
The mandatory units are listed in the NSW SLC course structure. You can see the course structure here (PDF).
If you are applying for a specialist licence – 1B, 1D, or 1F – can see the additional units specific to your Class 1 licence subclass that you also need to complete.
If you are an existing Class 1 licence holder and would like to add on 1B, 1D or 1F to your licence, you will need to complete the additional units to be eligible.
For a 1B Bodyguard subclass you must complete units from CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection and HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid.
For a 1D Dog Handler subclass you must complete units from CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations.
For a 1F Armed Guard subclass you must complete unitsfrom CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations.
For more training information click here for the SLED NSW Security Licence Course Conditions of Approval.
Class 2 licence
If you’re applying for a Class 2A, 2D or 2E licence, there are specific training and experience requirements you need to meet before you can apply.
However, you don’t need any formal training if you want to apply for a Class 2B or 2C licence.
To qualify for a Class 2A licence you must have at least five years of relevant security industry experience, as well as:
- CPP41519 Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis including the units of competency:
- CPPSEC4003 Assess and advise on client security requirements
- CPPSEC4006 Conduct security risk assessment of client operations
- CPPSEC4007 Identify security threats and assess impact on client operations
- CPPSEC4012 Assess security vulnerabilities of assets
- CPPSEC4022 Establish and implement ethics and governance arrangements for security businesses
- CPPSEC4024 Assess security of crowded places
- CPPSEC4025 Advise on operational requirements to maintain crowded place security
- PSPSEC0015 Communicate security awareness
- CPPSEC4020 Advise on advanced technology security systems to meet client needs
- CPPSEC5003 Assess security risk management options
- CPPSEC5004 Develop security risk management plans
- PLUS one elective subject of your choice
Class 2A experience requirements
You need to demonstrate to the Commissioner of Police's satisfaction that you have:
- Held a Class 1 and/or a Class 2 security licence continuously for a total period of at least five years, or
- Been recorded as a nominated person for one or more Master security licensees continuously for a total period of at least five years, or
- Been employed by one or more Master security licensees to manage the carrying on of security activities continuously for a total period of at least five years, or
- Carried on the activities authorised by a Class 2A licence in another jurisdiction, or as an exempt person, for a total period of at least five years.
Note: relevant experience is deemed to be continuous if not broken by any period in excess of 12 months, including the period immediately prior to the application for the Class 2A licence.
You must submit evidence that you satisfy these experience requirements with your licence application.
To qualify for a Class 2D licence you must have at least three years of relevant security industry experience, as well as hold, at a minimum, one of the following vocational training and assessment qualifications (or their successors):
- TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment plus the following units:
- TAELLN411 or TAELLN401A and
- TAEASS501 or TAEASS502A or
- Diploma or higher-level qualification in adult education
You must also provide an employment statement from your current and/or previous employers as evidence of your security industry experience.
To qualify for a Class 2E licence you must have completed CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services.
A total of 16 units are required - the 5 core units and 11 electives. With your elective units, you must complete:
- All 8 units in Group A plus 3 units from any other group not already selected, OR
- All 7 units in Group B plus 4 units from any other group not already selected
- Up to 1 unit may be selected from any training package as long as it contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and maintains the Australian Qualifications Framework for this course.
CPP30607 has now been superseded and is no longer accepted.
Individuals who were licensed for private inquiry agent activities under the repealed Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents (CAPI) Act 2004 and transitioned to the Security Industry Act 1997 are not required to redo their training. These licensees only need to provide SLED with evidence that they completed the required qualification that was applicable at the time they were first licensed.
For a list of RTOs offering Private Investigator training, and detailed information about the course structure, refer to www.training.gov.au and search by either the qualification name or code.
Please note: The probationary licence pathway that was part of the CAPI licensing scheme no longer exists for private investigators. New applicants will be required to provide their qualifications within 42 days of making their security licence application.
List of Approved Organisations
Click here for a full list of the current Approved Organisations providing SLED-approved security training. The list is regularly updated.
SLED’s NSW Security Licence Course Conditions of Approval
Click here to view SLED’s NSW Security Licence Course Conditions of Approval.
The conditions of approval document gives Approved Organisations and Approved Trainers a clear framework to help them provide the best possible education for people entering the security industry.