Licensing and Regulation Division minimum requirements
A security guard who has completed a Certificate II in Security Operations (and has met Victoria Police requirements) would normally carry out basic guarding duties such as undertaking foot or vehicle patrols, guarding and protecting of property. A person with this qualification may also work as a crowd controller if the Crowd Controller units of competency have been attained. Delivered as the combined Unarmed Guard/Crowd Controller course.
To be eligible for a private security licence in the State of Victoria, you must:
- Be subject to a National Police Check which requires the taking of your fingerprints*
- Provide certified copies of International Police Checks from any other country resided in for a period of more than 12 months over the previous 10 years since turning 16 years of age
- Not be a prohibited person
- Be a fit and proper person. This includes not having any medical condition or history with police that would hinder your employment within the industry
- Demonstrate competency for working in the security industry by way of completing training relevant to the private security activity or activities you wish to be licensed for
- Provide 2 written references outlining your suitability for employment within the private security industry
Requirements to be fingerprinted and obtaining a National Police Records Certificate Check include
From 4 July 2011, new legislation introduces a requirement that all persons in relation to a private security licence application (both individual and business) undergo a National Police Records Check (including National name check and fingerprint records search). This requirement applies to
- new private security licence applications; and
- certain persons associated with private security business licences (i.e. nominated person, officers of the body corporate including the director(s), secretary, executive officer(s) and any close associates).
All persons that fall into the above category must:
- Arrange to complete their National Police Records Check (including National Name Check and fingerprint records search) prior to lodging their application; and
- On June 29 2017, the Licensing and Regulation Division removed manual application forms for all new Private Security Licence and Private Security Registrations. Manual applications have been replaced with electronic forms available via the eServices Portal. The eServices Portal is a self-service platform developed by Victoria Police that will allow people to complete application forms for licences and registrations online. The intelligent electronic forms (eForms) will assist people complete their application correctly by prompting them for information and preventing the lodging of incomplete applications. The first eForms available on the eServices portal will be for new Private Security Licence and Registration applications.
For information pertaining to the process, locations and cost of obtaining a National Police Records Check and taking your fingerprints go to www.police.vic.gov.au/policecheck.
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