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SLED is seeking industry feedback if empty hand techniques should be included as a licensing requirement for the 1AC licence

The Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate (SLED) is seeking industry input by 6 December 2019 on whether to add ‘CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques’ as a licensing requirement for 1AC licensees.

Consultation Issue:

Industry consultation has resulted in consideration of whether ‘CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques’ should be made a competency requirement for the current 1AC licence subclass, in addition to the ‘CPPSEC2106 Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques’, which is included in the Certificate II in Security Operations qualification and current Security Licence Course structure for 1AC licensees.

Some industry stakeholders indicate that class 1AC licensees are more likely than the specialist subclasses to engage in defensive techniques whilst carrying on the security activities authorised by their licence (i.e. crowd control activities).

At present the more advanced Unit of Competency, ‘CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques’, is only a requirement for the specialist licence subclasses due to the fact that it is contained in the Certificate III in Security Operations qualification.

What is the difference?

The Certificate II unit (CPPSEC2106 Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques) requires the person to have knowledge of basic defensive techniques and their application including; blocking techniques, locking and holding techniques and take down techniques, but doesn’t require the learner to demonstrate these techniques. The unit requires the learner to correctly demonstrated of body safety / positioning techniques including bladed stance, interview stance and defensive stance only.

The Certificate III unit (CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques) requires the person to be able demonstrate the correct application of blocking techniques, holding and locking techniques and take-down techniques in addition to having all the relevant underpinning knowledge.

Issues under consideration:

Whether ‘CPPSEC2106 Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques’ is sufficient training for an entry level security operative to engage in defensive techniques when carrying on guarding and crowd control activities

Whether the addition of ‘CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques’ is too onerous for entry level standards.

The potential risks (including liabilities) of failing to ensure security officers are sufficiently trained for all associated job types and environments, versus those potentially arising from requiring all prospective applicants to complete training in physical skills that they may not ever need.

The cost and effort involved for RTOs to add the Certificate III qualification / Unit of Competency to scope to enable delivery of CPPSEC3121.

National consistency, as this will be additional to the requirements for equivalent licence classes in other jurisdictions.

Industry expectation of the training standard for new entrants to the industry in terms of defensive techniques

Request for advice:

Industry feedback is sought on the proposal to add ‘CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques’ as a licensing requirement for 1AC licensees.

Feedback should be sent to

SLEDRTOS@police.nsw.gov.au

by 6 December 2019.