This training programme leads to the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Security (Foundation) (Level 3).

It covers the skills and knowledge needed to perform basic security services safely and effectively by taking a professional approach using observation, communication, conflict management, customer service  and teamwork skills. It is designed for people who are at the entry level working in the security industry.

The NZQA unit standards required for the CoA are included in this certificate. If you have already completed your CoA you do not need to repeat those standards and you are already on the way to gaining your Level 3 qualification.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the training, trainees will have completed their full Certificate of Approval (CoA), an essential qualification to work in the security industry. People who have this level 3 qualification will be able to work as part of a team with limited supervision. have demonstrated that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively with security management and staff, clients, and the public, while carrying out security work.
  2. Conduct self professionally and ethically as a security guard in a workplace, demonstrating integrity and respect for all individuals.
  3. Operate security equipment and technology while carrying out security work.
  4. Apply knowledge of New Zealand legislation relevant to the security industry to promote a safe and secure environment, mitigate risks and respond to security breaches.
  5. Apply knowledge of confidentiality, corporate sensitivity, privacy and specific client requirements, to protect clients in a security context.
  6. Apply knowledge of personal safety, situational awareness and risk assessment as it relates to workplace health and safety in order to carry out security work, including working in isolation.
  7. Respond to incidents, events, and emergency situations, and interact with other organisations including emergency services in a security work context.

Mode of Delivery

The programme is delivered through blended learning, a mixture of face-to-face workshops and online learning. You will learn through workshops, independent study using workplace documents, study guides, online resources and doing on-job training. You will complete assessment tasks to demonstrate that you can make responsible decisions and respond appropriately in typical security situations. 

Our trainers guide you as you learn practice the skills you that need to gain the certificate. 

Employment Pathway

Learners that have completed this programme can work as a crowd controller and as a property or personal guard in a wide range of situations including in public and private buildings, retail stores, office buildings, banks, large indoor and outdoor events, licenses premises, hospitals, mobile security patrols, and at air, sea and rail terminals. Those with skills and experience can advance to senior roles in security organisations.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in this programme, a trainee must be:

  • Currently working in a security job (on a temporary or full CoA)
  • A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or an Australian citizen or a permanent resident residing in New Zealand
  • Able to speak and understand English
  • Preferably a holder of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent academic achievement but admission can be on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Director of Stratcom Security

Enrolment Procedures

To learn more about this programme please contact us by email or call +64 20 422 4488

To enrol, please talk to your employer or contact us directly.