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Certificate IV in Government Security PSP40316





Are you looking to work in the public sector within operations or in an investigative role? The Certificate IV in Government Security PSP40316 is the perfect qualification to help you get there.

This certification is designed specifically for those interested in working in government security teams and focuses on meeting public service roles’ unique ethical and legal requirements. By enrolling in this certification, you’ll gain specific competencies that are necessary for success in this exciting career.

Whether you’re seeking entry into this field or looking to advance your career, the Certificate IV in Government Security PSP40316 will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to succeed. Don’t wait; take the first step towards a rewarding career in government security and enrol in this qualification today!


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

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

  • Police Officer
  • Police Administrative Support Roles
  • Corrective services in custodial and support roles
  • Border Force
  • Government Investigations
  • Government Security Officer
  • Government Personnel Vetting

Gain knowledge and experience in areas such as:

  • Upholding  the values of public service
  • Handling sensitive information
  • Conducting personnel security assessments
  • Maintaining workplace safety
  • Gathering and analysing information

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


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

14 units of competency are required for this qualification:

  • 3 core units
  • 11 elective units

Choose 1 elective from Group A Work health safety.


  • minimum of 7 units from Groups B, C or D

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.


Personnel vetting specialisation:

  • minimum of 6 units from Group B

Fraud control specialisation:

  • minimum of 6 units from Group C

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 C: Fraud control specialisation

PSPFRU001 Monitor data for indicators of fraud

PSPFRU002 Conduct fraud control awareness sessions

PSPCRT007 Compile and use official notes

PSPGEN034 Compose complex workplace documents

PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation

PSPREG005 Assess compliance

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 principle 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
  • PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information 
  • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
  • PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication startegies
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
  • PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation
  • PSPREG005 Assess compliance
  • PSPSEC015 Communicate security awareness
  • CPPSEC4003 Assess and advise on client security needs
  • CPPSEC4005 Facilitate security operations briefing and debriefing process

Embark on a unique career path in public service security with our distinctive Certificate IV in Government Security. Crafted for those who are deeply committed to preserving our government’s integrity, this qualification equips you with the specialised skills necessary for operational roles in government security.

Our program is not just about theoretical knowledge. It’s about mastering a wide range of practical skills and knowledge in various security contexts. Whether you aspire to excel in general security operations, personnel vetting, or fraud control, our curriculum is designed to prepare you to work independently and with confidence.

Beyond the core skills, you’ll explore the specialised realms of personnel vetting and fraud control, ensuring you’re well-prepared to tackle the challenges of these critical areas. As the landscape evolves, rest assured that no licensing, legislative, or certification prerequisites are needed to embark on this journey as of the latest update.

Discover how you can contribute to a safer, more secure government environment. Learn more about how this qualification can be your gateway to a rewarding career in government security.

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:


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 to you with a Certificate IV in Government Security include armed security guard, protective service officer, surveillance officer, and screening officer.

Get started and obtain your Cert IV in Government Security through Online Study or Recognition of Prior Learning. Studying Online is best for those who are 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

Professional Pathways and Industry Sectors

Upon completion of Certificate IV in Government Security through 3CIR, graduates find themselves well-prepared for diverse roles within the public and private sectors. The distribution of employment among our alumni demonstrates the broad applicability and demand for the skill sets acquired:

  • Our graduates, who make up 55.6% of community and Personal Service Workers, play a crucial role in implementing community safety measures, emergency response protocols, and personal security services. Their diverse roles are instrumental in creating a safe and secure environment for the public.
  • Professionals: 14.7% of our graduates step into professional roles where their specialised knowledge of government security principles and practices significantly contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of security measures within various organisations.
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers: These individuals make up 10.8% of our alumni. They use their expertise in government security to enhance administrative support, risk management, and compliance operations within governmental and corporate settings.

Leading Industries Empowering Our Graduates

Our alumni have made significant impacts across various sectors, notably:

  • Our graduates have left their mark in a variety of sectors, including professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where 6.6% of our alumni have made significant contributions. This underscores the importance of government security knowledge in supporting scientific research, technical innovation, and professional services with robust security management practices.

Qualification Outcomes

Security Administrator 100%
Security Adviser 95%
Security Consultant 100%
Security Manager 100%
Security Guard 68%
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