What will I learn?

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). 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.

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

Course Information

Level 4

  • Organisation Systems and Processes - 20 credit
  • Manage Staff Training and Professional Development - 10 credit
  • Managing Health and Safety - 20 credit
  • Professional, Ethical and Legal Requirements - 10 credit

Study options

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

25 July 2022


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,


4500, New Zealand

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

25 July 2022


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,

Palmerston North,

4422, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

  • NCEA Level 2 OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement (includes the New Zealand Certificate in Security (Foundation) Level 3) OR
  • 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 and
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)

Applicants whose first language is not English must have a General or Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic) score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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