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Certificate IV In Government Security (Personnel Vetting) PSP40316





Are you passionate about protecting our nation’s most sensitive information? Take an in-depth approach to Government Security Personnel Vetting with the Certificate IV in Government Security PSP40316.

Custom-tailored for those interested in mastering the intricacies of government security vetting, this qualification highlights the distinctive ethical, legal, and procedural standards unique to public service sector operations. Explore in-depth training that prepares you to play an instrumental role in upholding personnel integrity within government operations.

Whether entering a new career path or expanding existing credentials in government security vetting, enrolling for Certificate IV in Government Security PSP40316 can open the doors to excellence! Leap today and empower tomorrow!


The Certificate IV in Government Security PSP40316 Personnel Vetting qualification can provide a number of career and further study outcomes.

After completing this course, you could explore some of the following careers:

  • Security vetting officer
  • Government Security Officer
  • Government Personnel Vetting

Gain knowledge and experience in areas such as:

  • Deal with conflict
  • Use advanced workplace communication strategies
  • Compose complex workplace documents
  • Identify and treat risks
  • Apply government processes
  • Conduct personnel security assessments
  • Communicate security awareness

Already have experience in Government vetting. Apply for RPL and gain your qualification sooner!

Core and Elective Units

View the core and elective units that this qualification can be studied via online correspondence or via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Packaging Rules

14 units of competency are required for this qualification:

  • 3 core units
  • 11 elective units

Choose 1 elective from Group A Work health safety.


Personnel vetting specialisation:

  • Minimum of 6 units from Group B

Choose the remaining electives from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect the occupational learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level. Seek further advice on selecting imported units of competency in the PSP Implementation Guide.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.

Core units

PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of the public service

PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector

PSPSEC009 Handle sensitive information

Elective units

Group A: Work health safety

BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Group B: Personnel vetting specialisation

PSPSEC008 Conduct personnel security assessments

PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict

PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies

PSPGEN034 Compose complex workplace documents

PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks

PSPGEN043 Apply government processes

PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews

PSPREG016 Conduct data analysis

Group D: General elective units

PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients

PSPGEN026 Provide input to change processes

PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information

PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies

PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation

PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation

PSPREG006 Produce a formal record of interview

PSPREG013 Undertake inspections and monitoring

PSPREG015 Receive and validate data

PSPREG016 Conduct data analysis

PSPSEC005 Undertake government security risk analysis

PSPSEC006 Implement security risk treatments

PSPSEC007 Develop and advise on government security procedures

PSPSEC010 Provide government security briefings

PSPSEC015 Communicate security awareness

**Online study units:**

Core Units

  • PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of the public service
  • PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
  • PSPSEC009 Handle sensitive information

Elective Units

  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
  • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
  • PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies
  • PSPGEN034 Compose complex workplace documents
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
  • PSPGEN043 Apply government processes
  • PSPSEC008 Conduct personnel security assessments
  • PSPSEC015 Communicate security awareness
  • CPPSEC4003 Assess and advise on client security needs
  • CPPSEC4005 Facilitate security operations briefing and debriefing processes
Industry Information

This qualification is tailored for those embarking on or advancing in careers within government security functions, where safeguarding sensitive information and adhering to the highest ethical and legislative standards are paramount. It prepares individuals for operational roles critical to the integrity and safety of public sector operations, emphasising the application of specialised knowledge and skills in diverse and dynamic security environments.

The personnel vetting specialisation within this course equips learners with the expertise to operate autonomously in personal security domains, a field increasingly vital as public and private sectors alike navigate complex security challenges. With a landscape that values vigilance and adaptability, this specialisation is at the forefront of addressing evolving security needs, ensuring the protection of information and assets that are critical to national interests.

Employment projections in the Australian job market signal a growing demand for skilled professionals across all sectors, with significant expansion anticipated in public administration and safety roles. Over the next five years, employment is expected to increase in all 19 broad industries. This highlights the critical need for post-school education and specialised training, particularly in high-skill level jobs. Security officers, a key profession within this qualification’s scope, demonstrate diverse educational pathways and skill sets essential for success in security and public safety roles​​.

The focus on services industries, including public administration, underscores a long-term structural shift towards sectors that are integral to the functioning of society. With over three-fifths of total projected employment growth occurring in high-skill level jobs, the emphasis on post-school education underscores the value of certifications like Certificate IV in Government Security (Personnel Vetting). This trend mirrors the broader Australian labour market insights, where adaptability, specialised knowledge, and competencies are increasingly pivotal​.

No licensing, legislative, or certification requirements currently apply to this qualification at the time of publication, offering flexibility and accessibility to aspiring professionals.

Delivery Pathways

3CIR is an authorised third party of Asset College (RTO #31718). We provide the following methods of study in line with their policies:

OPTION 1 – Study Online

Our standard online delivery option allows you to complete one unit per month for up to 12 months. During this time, you will have regular contact with a dedicated trainer to assist you with your studies. We recommend dedicating 20-25 hours per week to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.

Our accelerated learning option may suit those with prior knowledge, skills or qualifications. This option allows you to complete two monthly units for up to six months. To succeed in this intensive program, we recommend dedicating 30-40 hours per week to your studies.

Upon successful enrolment, you will be granted access to our interactive and user-friendly eLearning platform. Each unit includes reading materials and a series of assessment activities that can be completed at your own pace and convenience. Start the enrolment process now to take the first step towards your educational goals with 3CIR.

OPTION 2 – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
If you already have skills and experience relevant to this qualification, you may be eligible for RPL and receive your qualification with little or zero additional study. Contact us or complete an RPL Assessment Form to determine the right option. Watch our video here.

OPTION 3 – Study Online at our Facilities
You can complete the same course online at our training partner’s facilities using their resources and equipment at no extra cost. 3CIR and/or our training partner will have staff available to provide additional support if required. Note: Subject to availability, bookings are essential.

OPTION 4 – Study in Class
Although we do not generally offer courses in class, we can schedule a 5 or 10-day face-to-face workshop for groups of 5 or more students. Note that there may be additional work required following the workshop. Please contact us for more information on this option.

Software and Technical Requirements

Welcome to 3CIR, your bridge to quality education. To ensure a seamless learning experience with us, we must understand and meet the technical requirements for our courses. The guidelines below provide the necessary information for setting up your device for optimal learning.

Essentials for Your Learning Journey

  1.     Hardware Specifications:

A contemporary computer system could be a PC, Mac, or tablet.
An inbuilt or external speaker and microphone for auditory activities.

  1.     Internet Connectivity:

An active internet connection is vital to access course materials, tutorials, and online resources. Please take a look at our detailed technical specs to know more about browser compatibility.

  1.     Software Specifications:

 Microsoft Office suite, including Word and PowerPoint. Alternatively, Mac or tablet users can utilize equivalent software.
For those relying on tablet applications, ‘Pages’ or similar apps can be used to create documents. However, please make sure you convert them to PDF format before submission.

Detailed Device Specifications

For Windows Users (PC / Laptop / Tablet):

Operating System: Windows 7 or newer.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.
Essential Software: Microsoft Office (Version 2010 or higher)
The most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player & Adobe PDF Reader.

For Apple Mac Users:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 or above.
Browser: The latest version of Chrome or Safari.
Essential Software: Microsoft Office tailored for Mac (Version 2010 or higher).
The most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player & Adobe PDF Reader.

For Android Device Users:

Operating System: Android’s newest version.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.

For iPhone & iPad Users:

Operating System: Latest iOS version.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.
Special Note: If you’re an iPad or iPhone user, you’ll need to use a PC, laptop, or Dropbox account to upload documents for submission.

Thank you for ensuring your system meets our technical requirements. This guarantees a smoother educational experience and ensures that you can make the most of the tools and resources 3CIR has to offer. Happy learning!

Further Studies

After completing this qualification, you can explore further study through the following courses:

Payment Options

Choose the way you pay

Whether you’re studying online or obtaining your qualification through RPL, we provide several convenient options:

  • Direct Transfer
  • Credit
  • BPay
  • PayID
  • Paypal

Learn about your payment options or contact us today.

Payment Plans

Break down the cost of your qualification through our easy payment plan options.

PAYRIGHTPays your qualification upfront and creates a manageable plan spread over your nominated timeframe with fortnightly or monthly payment options.

AFTERPAY: Pay your fee over 6 weeks. No interest and no fees when you pay on time. This payment method has a maximum limit amount of $2000. Please let us know if you want to pay with AfterPay, and we will send you a personal link.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are looking for a career in security, this qualification is a great place to start. It will give you the foundation you need to progress onto more advanced security qualifications or roles. Topics covered in this qualification include legal and regulatory requirements, risk management, emergency procedures, patrolling and guarding, and communication and conflict resolution.

Jobs that may become available with a Certificate IV in Government Security include Security vetting officer, Government Security Officer or Government Personnel Vetting.

Get your personnel vetting Cert IV in Government Security through Online Study or Recognition of Prior Learning. Studying Online is best for those new to the field and have not developed foundational skills. RPL, however, is for those with experience in a similar industry; it’s cheaper and quicker than online study because it takes what you already know and converts it into national qualifications. Find out more by starting a Free RPL assessment.

You deserve to study with the best, and 3CIR is here for you. Our trainers are always ready with advice when we need it most – so don’t hesitate- give them a call! If you are applying for RPL and are unsure of the process, let us know and we’ll guide you through the process.

Upgrading Students Nationally and Globally

Qualification Outcomes

Most Often Employed As:

  • 2% - Professionals: Many graduates find employment as professionals, indicating a demand for skilled individuals in roles requiring advanced knowledge and skills.
  • 7%—Clerical and Administrative Workers: Many graduates work in clerical and administrative positions, reflecting the need for organized, detail-oriented personnel.
  • 3% - Managers: Graduates also take managerial roles, overseeing operations and leading teams in various sectors.

Top Industries Employing Graduates:

  • 6%—Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer of graduates, highlighting the critical need for security and vetting professionals in government sectors.
  • 5% - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: Many find industry opportunities requiring specialised knowledge and technical skills.
  • 6% - Arts and Recreation Services: Some graduates work in the arts and recreation sector, demonstrating the diverse applicability of the skills gained, ensuring safety and compliance.

Additional Employment Insights:

Certificate IV in Government Security (Personnel Vetting) opens many career paths beyond the traditional sectors. Graduates can explore opportunities as Security Consultants, with an average weekly pay of $1,450, or Security Officers, earning around $1,050 weekly. For those looking towards further progression, roles such as Biosecurity Officer, Customs and Border Protection Officer, Customs Broker, Investigator, and National Security Adviser offer promising avenues with competitive salaries ranging from $1,150 to $1,730 weekly. These roles emphasise the importance of security assessments, risk management, and compliance within the public sector, underscoring the critical nature of the skills acquired through the certification​.

Security Adviser 95%
Security Guard 68%
Security Supervisor 78%
Security Officer 71%
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