Training & skills

When you apply for a private security licence or certificate you need to prove you have the training or skills (competency) for the classes of work you will be doing.

Proof of training or skills needed to apply

If you want to work as a:You need to show:
  • crowd controller
  • property guard
  • personal guard

you’ve done the set training

Note: PSPPI (Minimum Training) Regulations amended in relation to Property Guards

  • security technician
  • security consultant
  • private investigator
  • repossession agent
  • monitoring officer

you have the training or skills needed

Training - for crowd controllers, property or personal guards

You must have training to work as a crowd controller, property guard or personal guard.

Property guard work includes two functions. On-site guard work and monitoring security systems remotely, for example working in a control room monitoring cameras or alarm systems. Amendments to the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators (Minimum Training) Regulations 2013 have excluded the function of monitoring systems remotely from requiring the minimum training to be done. This type of work will be commonly referred to as a Monitoring Officer which is now a permit class type that you can apply for.

You only need to train once. You don’t need to do it again to renew your licence or certificate.

Upload your NZQA record of achievement

Once you’ve done your training, you must upload your NZQA record of achievement. You will then get a new badge to replace your temporary badge.

Before you upload your record you will need:

Upload your record of achievement(external link)

Temporary certificate of approval to work

You can apply for a temporary certificate of approval so you can work while you train. In most cases, this will take 10 days to come through. It lasts for 3 months. If you haven’t done your training by then you need to apply for another one.

If your application includes the classes: security technician, security consultant, private investigator, repossession agent or monitoring officer, you will need to meet the skills requirements for each of these categories before you can be issued a temporary certificate.

Request a temporary certificate of approval

NZQA unit standards needed

You need 3 unit standards. These add up to 12 credits.

  • NZQA unit standard 27364 (to demonstrate pre-employment knowledge of the security industry); and
  • NZQA unit standard 27360 (to demonstrate basic conflict situation management skills); and
  • NZQA unit standard 27361 (to demonstrate intermediate conflict situation management skills).

You are considered to have met these unit standards if you hold

  • NZQF New Zealand Certificate in Security (Foundation) (Level 3).
  • NZQF New Zealand Certificate in Security (Advanced) (Level 4).
  • NZQF New Zealand Diploma in Security (Level 6).
When you don’t need NZQF (unit standard 27364)

You don’t need NZQF (unit standard 27364) if you:

  • had an NZQF National Certificate in Security at Level 2 or higher. This must have been issued on or after 1 January 2009 and be version 6, 7 or 8, or
  • had an NZQF National Certificate in Security at Level 2 or higher and a licence or Certificate of Approval on 1 October 2013, or
  • had an NZQA unit standard 22604 on 1 October 2013.

Where to get training

You can find where to get training through the Skills Organisation or NZQA.

Skills Organisation website(external link)

NZQA Education Organisations(external link)

Overseas training

If you trained overseas you should contact the NZQA to see if your qualification is accepted in New Zealand

Contact the NZQA(external link)

Skills - for security technicians, security consultants, private investigators, repossession agent or monitoring officer

The PSPLA works to ensure that all people working in the security industry have the proper skills to undertake the categories of work they are licensed for. To work as a private investigator, security technician or security consultant, you must show that you are either:

  • trained
  • getting training
  • competent (have the skills you need).

You need to supply evidence to support your application for each of these classes of work. Evidence of competency for the classes of security technician, security consultant and private investigator has been required since July 2016 and for monitoring officer and repossession agent since May 2019 so even if you already hold a licence or certificate, if it was issued before July 2016 you will be asked to supply evidence. You will only need to supply this evidence once. Next time you renew your licence, the Authority will already have it on file.

You can show this through the following:

Examples of evidence for a security consultant application

  • a letter from your employer showing your work history. This can be your past or present employer
  • a letter from your employer showing that you are an apprentice
  • New Zealand National Diploma in Security (Level 6)
  • ASIS certifications Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • New Zealand Security Association Consultant Certificate of Competence
  • Evidence of any other relevant qualifications

Examples of evidence for a security technician application

  • a letter from your employer showing your work history. This can be your past or present employer
  • a letter from your employer showing that you are an apprentice
  • New Zealand National Diploma in Security (Level 6)
  • Electrical Installers licence issued by the Electrical Workers Registration Board
  • Evidence you’re an accredited member of the New Zealand Security Association
  • National Certificate in Electronic Security (Systems Installation) (Level 3)
  • National Certificate in Electronic Security (Level 4)
  • Evidence of any other relevant qualifications

Examples of evidence for a private investigator application

  • a letter from your employer showing your work history. This can be your past or present employer
  • a letter from your employer showing that you are an apprentice
  • New Zealand National Diploma in Security (Level 6)
  • Evidence that you’re a member of the NZ Institute of Professional Investigators (NZIPI)
  • Evidence you’re an accredited member of the New Zealand Security Association
  • Professional Certified Investigator ASIS Certification (PCI)
  • Evidence of any other relevant qualifications

Examples of evidence for a repossession agent or monitoring officer

  • a letter from your employer showing your work history. This can be your past or present employer
  • a letter from your employer showing that you are an apprentice or receiving on the job training
  • New Zealand National Diploma in Security (Level 6)

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