Security Level 2 Youth

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Looking for a career in the security industry? This 18 week National Certificate in Security (Level 2) gives students the core skills required for employment in the security industry so they can begin their pathway towards a career in the armed forces, police, corrections department, security services and more...

This Level 2 course is FEES FREE for 17 to 19 year olds and gives students the opportunity to gain credits towards Level 2 NCEA. Plus, graduates of this course will also receive their Certificate of Approval (COA), an essential requirement when working in the security industry in New Zealand.

About This Course

Throughout this course you will learn about the security industry, the professional standards expected of the industry, and about those who work in it. You will cover aspects of security law, health and safety requirements, personal risk management, and how to apply first aid skills.

Learn how to respond to emergencies as security personnel and apply communication skills and knowledge of distance, space and positioning to manage conflict. You will cover operational requirements including control of entry and exit to premises, as well as observation and threat identification.

Communication skills are taught in a range of contexts including; within a team, in a customer service setting, and through technology. Emphasis is placed on fitness and teamwork throughout the course, and personal appearance such as hair and general tidiness will be monitored in line with the security industry standards.

Graduates will be prepared for an entry-level role in the security industry and can look into security or defence careers, or move onto further study.


Programme and dates are subject to change.

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Key Information


National Certificate in Security (Level 2)


Level 2



Duration The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

18 weeks

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements
Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

For students aged 17 to 19.
No previous qualifications at Level 2 or above.
Please note - applicants who already have any Level 2 or higher qualifications can apply for the National Certificate in Security and Events.

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Youth Guarantee Available Yes
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Student Fees FREE (conditions apply)

Note: All Key Information is the most recent available relating to domestic students. For more detailed information refer to Course Documents.

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Course Documents

Career Opportunities

Police Officer - Pirihimana

Police officers work to prevent and solve crime, keep the peace, and respond to criminal activities and emergencies.

Corrections Officer - Āpiha Whare Herehere

Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners. They manage prisoners' sentence plans and rehabilitation programmes to help reduce reoffending.

Security Officer/​Guard - Āpiha Whakamarumaru/​Tūtei Whakamarumaru

Security officers/guards patrol or guard an area or building to prevent fire, trespassing, theft or vandalism. They may also complete investigations for individuals and businesses, or provide personal protection to a client.

Upcoming Intakes

Campus Start Date Domestic International *

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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Security Level 2 Youth

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our programmes have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study can apply to StudyLink.

We can provide free transport/travel allowance for students aged 16-19 at our North Island Campuses.

For students who live close to campus we can provide travel allowance to cover the cost of public transport.

For students who live far from campus we have free pick up and drop off each day.

Contact us for more information on which option you would be eligible for as some conditions do apply.


You don't need to be fit to begin with! Over the duration of the course we'll train you up to the physical fitness requirements for the industry

We prefer to only take on students who are 17+ as you need to be 18 to gain you Certificate of Approval. The closer you are to 18 at the beginning of the course, the better. We can still take on 16 year olds, however, they wont be able to get their certificate of Approval during the course.

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