security guard

Certificate of Approval (COA) Training

To hold a Certificate of Approval (security licence), the Ministry of Justice and the PSPLA require security guards to undertake mandatory training consisting of the following unit standards:

  • 27360 – Conflict Management (Theory)
  • 27361 – Conflict Management (Practical)
  • 27364 – Introduction to the Security Industry

Regardless of where you work, or who you work for, all guards holding a COA with the following endorsements must complete the programme:

  • Crowd Controller
  • Personal Guard
  • Property Guard

As NZ’s leading provider of this training, we run courses nationally from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

Learning problems?  Our programme is specifically designed to support those with learning difficulties and our instructors are simply the best NZ offers. While in most cases we are able to support you to complete this training, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate reader/writers or translators in the classroom. For more information please click here.

Location not in the calendar?  If your location is not listed please email us and we will add you to our waiting list. Once we have enough people we will be able to run a course in your location.

More than four people?  If you are booking for more than four people, please contact us on and we will be able to assist you.

Licence applications? C4 are able to assist you with the licence application process. Otherwise, please visit the PSPLA website to apply for a licence

  • Unit Standard 27361 – one day classroom
  • Unit Standards 27360 and 27364 – online
  • All 3 Unit Standards must be completed within 3 months of enrolment. A late fee applies after this.
  • $330 (incl GST). This is for training only and does not include the PSPLA license application fee or any other services associated with the licensing process.

Other COA services we offer

COA Gold Package


  • Application to PSPLA
  • Course booking for classroom day
  • 1 day course (Unit Standard 27361)
  • Unit Standards 27360 and 27364 – online
  • Tuakana (support class for 27360 and 27364) (currently Auckland only)
  • Reporting of credits to NZQA
  • Uploading your NZQA Record of Achievement to PSPLA

Price: $600 (incl GST)

We also offer all of the above separately. Please contact us on and we will be able to assist you.

Great teaching, always used examples for a better understanding for us shy ones who don’t want to ask.

Super friendly and made us feel more comfortable.

Elahnna Bennett


When I first came I was scared that I would struggle with learning the course content as I have never worked in the security industry. The instructor is an awesome instructor and I have learnt so much today that I have so much confidence regarding security employment.

Cherie Rangirangi