Who needs a licence or certificate

Find out the classes of private security work you need a licence or certificate of approval to do, and whether you need a licence or a certificate.

Work you need a licence or certificate for

The classes of private security work you need a licence or certificate of approval for. When you apply you need to tell us what classes of work you’re going to be doing.

Licence or certificate?

If you work in private security you need either a company licence, an individual licence or a certificate of approval (COA).

Emergency appointments without certificates

In an emergency, security firms can hire staff who don’t have certificates of approval.

Who doesn't need a licence or certificate

Learn which people doing security work don’t need a licence or certificate.

Repossession agents

All reposession agents must be licensed and all repossession employees must have a certificate of approval (COA).