Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB

Guarding Skills

This course is mandatory in order to apply for a Basic Guarding Licence with the Private Security Authority (PSA).

Minor Award

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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, competence to work under supervision as a security officer, performing practical security duties and procedures whilst responding to security situations in a variety of settings.

This course is scheduled to run 1 evening a week, Tuesday, from 7pm to 10pm for 10 weeks.

What will I study?

  • Explain the legislation, regulations and standards governing the provision of a private security service
  • Explain the role of private security services in relation to other agencies which deal with crime and loss prevention
  • Distinguish between legal codes and practices relating to the role of the security
  • Explain the status of representatives of authorised bodies entering premises
  • Contrast the role and responsibilities of a security officer employed directly by a client in-house and the provision of a contract security service
  • State the principal points of relevant national labour regulations
  • Explain a range of personal and professional qualities required of a security officer
  • Indicate relevant health and safety requirements, including dealing with fire, that impact on the duties and responsibilities of the security officer
  • Explain what is meant by loss and fraud prevention
  • Explain what is meant by reasonable and necessary force
  • Outline appropriate on-site cash handling procedures
  • Carry out the duties and procedures required of a security officer
  • Respond appropriately to security incidents and emergencies
  • Use a variety of supporting security tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate appropriate procedures for dealing with a suspect
  • Demonstrate a range of procedures for loss prevention and identification
  • Demonstrate procedures for the preservation of a scene of crime
  • Use appropriate communications skills and a range of customer service techniques 

What's the certification?

QQI Level 4 Minor Award Certificate in Guarding Skills (4N1118)

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme. 
  • Must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course. 
  • Be able to work under direction with some ability to work on their own initiative. 

What is the cost?

Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions?

Contact Caroline at Night Course Admissions on 066 714 9600 or Click Here to Email


Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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