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Apply for an unarmed security officer licence

An unarmed security officer personally guards, patrols or watches another person’s property. They do this without a guard dog or weapon.

This includes:

  • in-house security (someone who guards, patrols or watches their employer’s property)
  • a loss prevention officer
  • a security gate officer.

You need to hold a current licence to do this job. To become licensed, you must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • complete your training and attach proof of qualifications
  • fill out and lodge the application form.

Download the security provider application form (PDF)


To be eligible for a licence, you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • not pose a risk to public safety
  • pass the required training course.

You are not eligible for a licence if you have been convicted of a disqualifying offence in the past 10 years, where a conviction was recorded

You must also tell us if you have been found guilty of a disqualifying offence in the past 5 years, where a conviction was not recorded (this is known as an ‘unrecorded finding of guilt’). We may ask you for further information so we can assess if you are a suitable person to hold a licence.



When you lodge the form, you will need to attach formal identification. These documents must be original or certified copies.

Your identification must include 1 of the following 3 documents:

  • Birth certificate or extract
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Passport

You will need to include at least 1 (sometimes 2) of the following documents:

  • A driver’s licence
  • An ID card
  • A social security card
  • An 18+ card
  • A letter from your employer
  • Any other official letter, card or statement listed on the application form

You will need to pay certain fees when you lodge your application. These include:

  • the licence fee (as listed on the form)
  • a criminal history check fee of $38.40
  • a fingerprinting fee of $100.


By law, the police need to fingerprint all security providers. We will contact you after you lodge your application form to explain what you need to do.

Get more details

Criminal history check

To confirm your suitability, we will submit your application for a criminal history check. This will be thorough and may be time consuming.

Processing time

The processing time is 4–6 weeks. This can take longer if you have not supplied us with the all the information we need or you have not paid the correct fees.


Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a partial refund if:

  • you withdraw your application
  • we refuse your application.

You may also get a refund on the fees for:

  • fingerprinting
  • your criminal history check.


You need to do your training through a registered training organisation. Use theMy Skills website to find a training provider.

Full course list

Please note: as of 1 July 2014, we no longer accept course modules from the Asset Security Training Package (PRS03).

The PRS-coded modules are out of date. You must pass all the training under the 2011 Property Services Training Package (CPP).

The CPP course must include all of the following modules.

Name of course module Module code
Control access to and exit from premises CPPSEC2011A
Operate basic security equipment CPPSEC2014A
Patrol premises CPPSEC2015A
Apply first aid HLTFA301B

You must pass 1 course from each of the following tables.

Name of course module Module code
Communicate effectively in the security industry CPPSEC2001A
Prepare and present security documentation and reports CPPSEC3005A
Name of course module Module code
Follow workplace safety procedures in the security industry CPPSEC2002A
Maintain a safe workplace and environment / Maintain workplace safety in the security industry CPPSEC3001A
Name of course module Module code
Work effectively in the security industry CPPSEC2003A
Organise personal work priorities and development BSBCMN302A
Name of course module Module code
Work as part of a security team CPPSEC2005A
Contribute to effective workplace relationships BSBFLM302A
Name of course module Module code
Provide security services to clients CPPSEC2006A
Coordinate a quality security service to customers CPPSEC3006A
Name of course module Module code
Respond to security risk situation CPPSEC2004A
Determine response to security risk situation CPPSEC3003A
Name of course module Module code
Protect self and others using basic defensive tactics CPPSEC2017A
Control persons using empty hand techniques CPPSEC3013A

Restricted licences

You can apply for a restricted licence. This will let you finish your training as you work, as long as you’re supervised by a fully licensed provider.

A restricted licence only lasts for a term of 6 months. Before this time expires, you must:

  • complete the training requirements
  • apply for an unrestricted licence.

You cannot apply for an extension of a restricted licence.


A supervising unarmed security officer must:

  • give the restricted licensee detailed written instructions about the work they need to do
  • write down the tasks that the licensee performs
  • regularly check their progress (include written notes).

Starting to operate

Once you are licensed, you will need to follow a range of legal requirements.

A range of penalties may apply if you breach these requirements.

Find out your requirements

Find out about breaches and penalties

Moving to Queensland?

You can transfer a current, valid licence from interstate or New Zealand to the equivalent licence in Queensland.

Find out what to do

Certified documents

A photocopy is not a certified copy unless you do the following.

Take the original document and a copy of that document to:

  • a Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • a Commissioner for Declarations (C.dec)
  • a solicitor or barrister
  • a notary public.

They will:

  • stamp and/or sign the copy
  • write ‘This is a true copy of the original document’ on the copy.

This now becomes a certified copy.

Find a JP or C.dec in your area

If you visit any of our locations, you can bring the original document with you and one of our officers will make a certified copy.

Please do not post us the original documents.

Last updated
13 October 2014
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January 26, 2015

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