Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you’re interested in a career in the security industry you must:
  • Be aged 18 or over; and
  • Have a clean criminal record; and
  • Be able to communicate clearly in English: and
  • Be eligible to work in New Zealand.
No, security jobs are not just about beefy security guards on patrol. You’ll be amazed to learn the different careers on offer within the security industry, for all ages, genders and backgrounds – take a look through this website to learn more! No matter who you are, there will be a role in the security industry which suits you, from monitoring to patrolling, guarding to technical and everything in between.

You don’t need prior experience to enter the security industry. No matter what industry background you have experience in, you will have gained important transferable skills which can be used for a career in the security industry. For example, you may have customer communication skills, problem solving skills, health and safety knowledge or similar.

The security industry is growing, with a wide range of roles and clear career pathways on offer; for those starting out in their career right through to senior leadership positions. The introduction of new technologies also offers exiting growth opportunities within this industry.

Yes, you need a licence to work in the security industry, with the following exceptions:

  • You are an unpaid volunteer
  • You are an employee of a government agency such as the police or armed forces
  • You are an electrical installer with a current licence from the Electrical Workers Registration Board carrying out electrical installation work of security equipment, however you will need a licence if you are also working as a security consultant.
  • You are a licensed tow truck driver
  • You carry out work covered by another Act

For more information about licensing please see the PSPLA website:

There are a range of qualifications and courses that will help you to reach the next level within the security industry. Achieving excellence in this industry is encouraged and the annual New Zealand Security Awards acknowledges those who have contributed or excelled in their areas, including those new to their roles.

A career in the security industry is very well respected. Security industry roles require high levels of responsibility, commitment and dedication as you will be trusted to protect people, property assets and information. These roles are very important to maintaining a safe and secure society.

Registering your interest via the form on this website will allow us to help match you to any security roles that become available with our industry members and partners. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find you employment.