National Certificate in Security (Level 2)

Programme highlights

Do you want a job in the security industry?  

Get the training you need to keep your community safe with a job as a security guard.  

Gain both theoretical and practical skills and knowledge through a variety of methods including onsite workshops, online study, and work-based training. 

  • The first two courses will give you the skills required to work in the industry
  • The last three courses will give you the knowledge and training to become professional security personnel.

Once you have completed the first three unit standards you can apply for the NZQA Certificate of Approval (COA).

In order to secure employment in the New Zealand security industry, you must be over 18 years and be able to pass a police check.

Flexible study option

Key facts

Start Month(s) Rolling intakes (February - September 2020)
Study Location(s) MIT Otara and workplace.
Level 2
Domestic fees Free*
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NC5379

One year (part-time)

Study Method Onsite classes, online and work-based learning
Credits 52
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

Please note: In order to secure employment in the New Zealand security industry, you must be over 18 years and be able to pass a police check.

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

Career opportunities

You could become a security officer providing security at events, public and private sites for companies operating within New Zealand.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below five courses (52 credits):

302.201 Introduction to Security (15 credits)

Demonstrate basic concepts of security, including personal presentation of a security officer; as well as relevant legislations and their implication to security officers.

302.202 Safety and Emergency Response (6 credits)

Prepare a security officer to respond in emergency situations including the use of first aid and hand held fire tools.

302.203 Communication Skills (8 credits)

Learn basic communication and customer service skills required by a security officer.

302.204 Security Operations (18 credits)

Develop operational knowledge and skills in observation and threat identification, entry exit controls and conflict situations for security.

302.305 Security Staff Services (5 credits)

Get prepared for working with crowd control and liaising with other organisations in a security context.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the police preparation and security calendar.

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.