NZQA National Certificate in Security – Level 3 and 4

NZQA National Certificate in Security – Level 3 and 4

The Level 2 National Certificate is a pre-requisite for this qualification, meaning you cannot be awarded the Level 3/4 qualification without first completing the Level 2 qualification.

The qualification comprises a series of security unit standards with an occupational specific strand. Learners must select at least one strand to complete the qualification.

This qualification may be awarded at Level 3 or 4; while the bulk of this qualification is at Level 3 some of the “strands” are at Level 4 (Secure consignments; Noise control officer; Mobile security patrols; and Court security).

This qualification is becoming the industry norm. It is now a standard requirement of security service contracts for government agencies and large companies with a nationwide presence. The Level 3/4 National Certificate is eligible for subsidies from the industry training organisation that represents the security industry (The Skills Organisation). NZSA can manage arrangements with the Skills Organisation therefore substantially reducing the overall cost of training for employers.

Level 3 Requirements

Compulsory Requirements

Compulsory Requirements
Unit Standard Number Subject Title Level Credit
6519 Demonstrate knowledge of protective security 3 7
6523 Respond to emergencies and critical situations as a security officer 3 6
20595 Demonstrate knowledge of the threat presented by terrorism 3 4
21109 Demonstrate knowledge of security staff interaction with the legal system 3 5
21110 Demonstrate knowledge of and operate electronic equipment as a security officer 3 5
21737 Manage violence and personal safety as a security officer 3 8
21738 Demonstrate lawful use of force in a security context 4 10
21739 Manage security incidents, breaches, and suspects as a security officer 4 10
Total credits for NCiS Level 3 compulsory units: 55

Specialist Strands (select one)

Court Security Strand
Id Title Level Credit
22429 Control and restrain others in specified situations 4 4
22431 Maintain court security 4 20
Event Security Strand
Id Title Level Credit
6525 Maintain event security 3 15
Mobile Patrol Strand
Id Title Level Credit
6524 Conduct mobile security patrols 4 20
Noise Control Strand
Id Title Level Credit
22430 Operate as a noise control officer 4 20
Retail Security Strand
Id Title Level Credit
6526 Maintain retail security 3 15
Secure Transport Strand
Id Title Level Credit
6528 Transfer secure consignments 4 20
Site Security Strand
Id Title Level Credit
6521 Maintain site security 3 15
Community Security Strand
A minimum of 1 standard
Id Title Level Credit
25467 Provide vehicle-based community security services 4 20
25468 Provide community security services 4 20