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New Zealand Certificate in Security (Advanced) (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Security (Advanced) (Level 4)

Level 4

Develop the advanced skills you’ll need for higher roles in the security sector with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Security (Advanced) (Level 4).

UCOL security students in the classroom.
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Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 19 weeks full-time
Part-time option available.
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

25 Jul 2022 - 02 Dec 2022 (Apply online)
17 Jul 2023 - 24 Nov 2023

Domestic Fees: *
$2401.50 (2022); $ 2459.50 (2023)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

With UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Security (Advanced) (Level 4), you will gain advanced operational and technical skills, as well as the experience and knowledge to meet the security sector's unique needs. The course will prepare you so you can carry out security work under minimal or no supervision.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 19 weeks, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
18 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Timetable set by your lecturer.
Industry Experience
9 hrs

In-work activity.
Study Time
11 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, graduates would be qualified to work in:

  • Major security firms
  • Individual businesses
  • Government departments
  • Specialist security work, such as mobile patrols, event and site security, noise control, personal protection, retail security, secure transport, biosecurity and electronic security
  • Or staircase to further study
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Security Workers.

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

This programme consist of 60 credits. The courses include:

Organisation Systems and Processes (20 Credits)
Students will develop skills to successfully plan and implement shift rosters in accordance with Employment Law, implement and maintain Standard Operating Procedures to ensure consistency of systems and risk management processes within a security context. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan and implement shift rosters to meet client requirements in adherence to Employment law in a security context.
  • Implement and maintain Standard Operating Procedures to ensure consistency of systems and processes within a security context.
  • Implement and maintain risk assessment management system (RAM) in a security work context.

Manage Staff Training and Professional Development (10 Credits)
Students will gain skills to identify staff professional development requirements and lead and support training in a security workplace. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify professional development requirements and develop a training plan for staff in the security work place.
  • Lead and manage staff performance and support training in a security workplace.

Managing Health and Safety (20 Credits)
Students will develop the skills to apply and maintain health and safety requirements within the security work place. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe legislation that supports health and safety of people within the security environment/industry, including defensive techniques.
  • Implement and maintain a health and safety plan to ensure the health and safety of self, colleagues and others.
  • Carry out defensive techniques while ensuring the health and safety requirements are adhered to.
  • Identify hazards and apply best practice strategies to eliminate and if impractical, minimise risk to health and safety of self, colleagues and others.

Professional, Ethical and Legal Requirements (10 Credits)
Students will develop the skills to conduct security tasks in a professional and ethical manner and in accordance with legislation. Students will also be able to explain Duty of Care. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct security tasks in a professional and ethical manner and in accordance with legislation.
  • Explain the application of Duty of Care in a Security context.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

Red Badge
First Security
Allied Security
CDS Security

 Learning Facilities

Subject-expert lecturers provide intense assistance to students in a classroom environment with practical, field-based and work-based components integrated into the programme. Students learn utilising the latest equipment and methods.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2


Equivalent academic achievement (includes the New Zealand Certificate in Security (Foundation) Level 3)


On case by case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

Pre-requisite entry requirement:

Programme entry requires unit standards 27360, 27361 and 27364 as a prerequisite.


To be eligible for a Certificate of Approval, under the Private Security Personnel and

Private Investigators Act 2010 (section 33), all applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years of age by the end of the programme
  • Undertake a Criminal History Check (not all offences will prohibit entry)

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 Advice & Guidance

Students will learn advanced operational and technical skills to advance their knowledge of the security industry including maintaining security and safety at sites.

Applicants are required to have unit standards 27360, 27361 and 27364 prior to entry into the programme (Certificate of Approval).

Applicants must undergo a Ministry of Justice Criminal Check to ensure suitability and compliance with the Ministry of Justice regarding security licencing. Not all convictions will prohibit entry.

Security licence
Persons working or intending to work as a security officer or in related security employment may require a Security Guards Licence or, if an employee of a Security Guard Licence holder, a Certificate of Approval to be the Responsible Employee of a Security Guard. Both are issued by the Registrar of Private Investigators and Security Guards.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the workforce for security and protection services. As they are expected to keep a reasonable level of fitness to physically carry out the practical components of the programme, it is expected that students will actively belong to a gym to manage their personal fitness. It is also noted that students may spend long periods on their feet while completing their work experience requirements.

Special needs
Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the programme leader before the programme begins.

Work experience

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 150 hours work experience. These hours can be made up from the students employment hours and will be managed by both employer and UCOL.

A Work Experience Agreement that details expectations is signed by UCOL (or its delegate), the work experience employer and student.

Refer also to UCOL policies and procedures related to Practicum or Work Experience.

Work experience hours may be required to be undertaken during evenings and over weekends.

You can expect to attend up to 24 hours per week of timetabled theory classes and practical/work experience, although, changes may be made from time to time.

Independent learning
As well as your timetabled classes, you are expected to spend up to 11 hours per week doing your own learning. This time is dedicated to self-directed research, study and completion of your assignments, plus online work (as applicable).

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

  • Travel to/from work experience
  • Purchase of a uniform comprising of Denstock boots $150, 1 pair Kapinua trousers $44, a Kapinua white shirt $34, and a Kapinua tie $7.40
  • Certificate of Approval from Ministry of Justice (Approximately $187)


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.