Certificate III in Security Operations


Course Code
Study Area(s)
Security and Public Safety
Course Length
Full-time(5-15 days)

Start Date(s): 2016 Dates 11 February 16 March 11 April 10 May 7 June 7 July 9 August 6 September 5 October 2 November
End Date(s): 2 March 13 April 3 May 1 Jun 29 June 27 July 31 August 28 September 26 October 23 November
Days and Time: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Course Overview

If you wish to progress your security career or build on your existing security knowledge, then our Certificate III in Security Operations is geared towards a supervisory role within the security industry. This qualification can also be used as a stepping stone to advance into different security industry employment streams such as:
• armed guard
• cash in transit
• employed by company’s requiring persons to carry batons and handcuffs
• bodyguard

Our nationally recognised Certificate III in Security Operations course runs for five days full time, with classes commencing at 8.30am and finishing at 4.30pm. Classes are delivered face-to-face and include presentations, practical demonstrations of security equipment, scenario walk throughs and group discussions.

Here’s just a few of the things that you’ll learn:

• Law
• operational procedures for de-escalation of violence
• advanced communication and defensive tactics

Batons and handcuffs training is also offered; running for an additional three days full time. The bodyguard stream runs for a further two days full time. Additionally, we are now offering Firearms and cash in transit training which involves a further five days full time training. This course includes seven extra electives to provide outcomes for Bodyguard and Armed Guard licence from Victoria Police.

Our expert industry trainers provide you with nurturing support throughout our practical, hands on course. The Certificate III in Security Operations course is delivered at our Broadmeadows campus comprising current security training aids and manuals including screening equipment.

As a large educational provider, our students also have access to a wide range of student support services and resources such as the Library and Learning Centre as well as our very own Employment Centre to ensure that your study experience is a positive one.

Whilst we prefer you to have completed a Certificate II Security Operations, we also encourage mature age applicants with sufficient work experience to apply.

There are however a number of prerequisites that you must meet:

• be 18 years or older
• pass a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment
• hold a current Private Security Individual Licence

If you wish to progress your security career through additional study, this course will lead to higher studies at a Certificate IV level qualification. Credit transfers may be available.

Our course experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about our security operations courses.

Click here for course modules

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will be advised in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be provided with this information.

Additional comments

The Certificate III in Security Operations is broken down into three sections:

  • Core (5 days)
  • Batons & Handcuffs (3 days)
  • Bodyguard (2 days)

 We also offer Cash in Transit / Firearms training over 5 days


What will I study?

For a full list of related course subjects, please click on the course module listing in the course overview.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.


For Business and Industry

We offer our business and industry clients customised workforce training, flexible delivery (when and where it suits you) and onsite assessments.

Call us on 1300 615 141 or contact us online for an obligation free consultation.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2016 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma students can STUDY NOW, PAY LATER with a VET FEE-HELP loan. Click here to find out more!

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Average annual course fee#
Average annual course fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Average annual course fee#

Table 2

Material Fees
per SC hour :
Consumable Fees
per SC hour :

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2016 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:
Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2016: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
486 488 $0.27 $0.05 $2.68

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2016. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

A completed Certificate II Security Operations is preferred. We run courses regularly at our Broadmeadows campus. Satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills are recommended in order to undertake this course. Alternatively, mature age applicants with sufficient work experience are also encouraged to apply.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment in as an:

  • armed guard
  • cash in transit officer
  • employment by companies who require persons to carry batons and handcuffs.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in:

  • law
  • operational awareness
  • advanced de-escalation techniques and lawful application in the use of force for batons and handcuffs.

You will also gain skills to reduce the likelihood of violence escalating.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment in Batons and Handcuffs (Certificate III in Security Operations). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Students may wish to go on to complete the Certificate IV Security and Risk Management, Certificate III in Security Operations (Bodyguard, Cash in Transit, or Armed Guard).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in an online application form. Alternatively, call the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au to receive a copy of the enrolment form.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants must be enrolled to be selected for this course.