Frequently Asked Questions

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ISTA is not currently CRICOS Registered and therefore cannot train International Students.

In short, no. All licencing courses in the Security industry have a required number of face-to-face training hours as set out by Licensing and Regulation Division (VIC Police).

Update: Due to COVID 19, the Certificate II in Security Operations currently can be done as blended a blended course (Face to Face & Live Training)

Due to COVID 19, enrolments for our Certificate level courses can now be done online via zoom. We have online enrolment sessions every weekday at 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM. An online enrolment session typically lasts anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes.

Course costs vary depending on your eligibility for government funding and/or concession. Please refer to our Fee Schedule for current costs. Please note that the student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. The course fee is also listed on respective course pages.

Our nationally accredited certificate courses are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, for eligible students. To be eligible for government funding, you must be up-skilling or under the age of 20. This is determined by your highest completed Australian qualification or your highest Australian recognised qualification.

If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training. Your eligibility will be determined by an Enrolment Officer and applied on the spot at the time of your enrolment.

Yes, we do. Payment Plans are offered to full fee-paying students only (i.e. non-funded). A deposit must be paid upon enrolment depending on the qualification you are seeking to enrol in. The balance is due within 6 weeks after your course commencement date. Certificates will not be released until full payment is made.

Our courses are offered through a range of delivery methods, for your convenience. For those that cannot study full-time we offer part-time evening and weekend options.

To apply for a security licence, you will need to contact the appropriate regulator for the state in which you intend to hold the licence. In Victoria, this is Licensing and Regulation Division (VIC Police).

As part of the application, you also need to submit a National Police Records and Fingerprint Check. Please note a criminal history may affect your ability to receive your security licence.

Licence applications are made online via the eServices portal.

For more information on the licensing process, and a breakdown of current fees, please refer to our ISTA licensing information page.

Different course streams have different requirements and in some cases, there are prerequisites for training. For example, a Certificate III in Security Operations has a prerequisite of a Certificate II in Security Operations and a current security licence. A Certificate III in Investigative Services, however, does not have any prerequisites.

For our Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management, while there are no official prerequisites, we strongly recommend that students should have previously completed a minimum of a Certificate II in Security Operations or have the appropriate industry experience.

The types of jobs you could expect to obtain after training will generally depend on the qualification you have attained. With a Certificate II in Security Operations, you can expect a broad range of entry-level roles including, but not limited to, static guarding, mobile patrols, roaming guards, or crowd control.

With a Certificate III in Security Operations and the associated licensing add-ons, you can expect to move into specialist roles like Control Room Monitoring Centre Armed Guard, Cash in Transit and Bodyguard.  

You can start the course at the age of 17, however, you must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a security licence. There is no maximum age limit.

Whilst there are no educational prerequisites to undertake a Certificate II in Security Operations, participants must be able to successfully complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment relevant to the Certificate level. This will be assessed by the Enrolment Officer at the time of your enrolment.

It is important to note that some courses will involve light physical activity. Reasonable adjustments can be made for those that require additional support, either physically and/or educationally.

To operate your own security business, you will need to undertake the Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management in order to obtain a Security Business Licence.

Whilst we do our best to be as flexible and accommodating, classes are only available as scheduled. You may choose to study either full-time, evenings or weekends.

We are currently located at the World Trade Centre, Docklands, Melbourne. Regional training sites will resume in 2021.

You will only get to use a Firearm in your training if you are undertaking a Certificate III in Security Operations with the Armed Guard electives. The practical part of this training is conducted at an off-site shooting range where students are given hands-on experience in the proper use of a Firearm, under the supervision of a qualified trainer. Please note that it is a requirement that you are not a prohibited person and hold a current Victorian security licence. To determine prohibition follow this link

Our certificate courses are nationally recognised and valid throughout Australia.

Although your training is valid throughout Australia, your licence is only valid within the state you obtained it. To work in another state, you will need to apply for security licence in that particular state.

A Private Security Licence is generally valid for 3 Years, after which you will need to renew by way of paying a renewal fee. Victoria Police’s Licensing & Regulation Division will send you a renewal notice a couple of months before your licence expires as a reminder. Should you allow your security licence to lapse before paying the renewal fee, you may be required  to undertake additional training before you resubmit your licence application.

Once the course is complete, Certificates are valid for 12 months for the purpose of licensing. If you have previously undertaken a Security course more than 12 months ago, you may need to renew some of your training and/or you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer for any Units that are still current.

If you have allowed your licence to expire, you will need to reapply for it rather than renew it. This may mean that you will need to redo or refresh parts of your training and you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer for any Units that are still current. For a proper assessment of whether you will need to redo any of the training, you should bring your most current Statements of Attainment into our head office in the city and speak to one of our Enrolment Officers.

Of course! The Security industry offers a broad range of fantastic opportunities for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes. In fact, there are currently a range of industry-wide initiatives to promote and ASIS Women in Security Council in an effort to increase diversity and gender equality within the industry.

Not all roles of security are considered high risk. Security guards working as frontline personnel are taught to deal with heightened risk situations and are well equipped to manage them, ensuring the safety of not only themselves but of the safety of those around them.

Security wages can vary from company to company. Generally speaking, in an entry-level security role you could expect to earn $20-$25 per hour. In a specialist role such as Armed Guard/Cash-in-Transit or Bodyguard, you could expect to earn $30-$35 per hour. For further information on the Security Services Industry Award, please refer to the Pay Guide from Fair Work,

It is a licensing requirement that you complete all required face-to-face training hours. If you should miss a day of training, you will need to rebook these classes. If you can foresee that a day of training will need to be missed, please visit the Student Services desk to discuss your rebook options or contact us online.

I Just completed my Certificate II with a good group of people. An eye opener into the industry and I am thankful to trainers and the staff at ISTA for the training and gaining some great advice and experience.

Robert Ceke

ISTA has been an outstanding organisation to complete my course with. Their professionalism and course structure has been at excellent standard. I recommend ISTA as a training provider to do your security course with. Staff are fantastic and very supportive. Trainers were absolutely amazing. A BIG THANKS TO ISTA!

Nisarg Dave

If you want to become a Security Guard I can definitely recommend ISTA. The trainers have a wealth of information…. Thank you for helping me become a better person and more self-aware.

Brian Evans

I did my Certificate II at the Geelong Campus. I highly recommend it for those who live in the Geelong or Ballarat areas!

Ben Harriage

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the ISTA crew. You are all so lovely and helped out to the fullest and if anyone is looking to do a Certificate II in Security Operations I believe this is the organisation you should go to. I’m continuing on to do my Certificate III in Security Operations in a few weeks. It has be wonderful and I have learnt a lot and gained so much confidence within myself. Thank you so much for all that each and everyone of you have done!

Rhee Peters

I would 100% recommend ISTA, the staff are lovely, caring and so helpful.
Best decision I ever made, it’s an amazing environment, so family-oriented and everyone is just so focused and wanting the best for you and for you to succeed, instructors are so passionate and give such a great insight, from textbook to their own personal experience.
Thank you so much for everything.

Rachel Catherine, International Security Training Academy


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