UCOL's National Certificate in Security (Site Security) comprises 120 credits.
Students must be 18 years of age before they are eligible to obtain a Security Licence (Certificate of Approval (COA). This is a requirement of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (section 33). For those under 18 years of age an application for the appropriate COA can be made to the Ministry of Justice and the application will be placed on hold until the applicant turns 18.
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.
Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the programme leader before the programme begins.
The National Certificate in Security, Level 2 is a pre-requisite qualification for the National Certificate in Security (Site Security), Level 3.
Students are required to undertake a minimum of 325 hours work experience. Every reasonable step is taken to ensure student safety while they are in the workplace.
It should be noted that a significant amount of work experience for this programme is likely to be paid work experience, so employers will have a primary responsibility for your safety.
Work experience hours may be required to be undertaken during evenings and over weekends.
You can expect to attend up to 30 hours per week of timetabled theory and practical classes in both the Certificates. Although, changes may be made from time to time. Your study times at UCOL are generally Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm.
As well as your timetabled classes, you are expected to spend up to 9.5 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).
Students at HLC Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- 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
- Completed Police Declaration Form
- 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.