Eligibility

Register for our NEW Information Seminar

Want to find out more about a career as a protective security officer? Register for our inaugural Protective Security Officer information seminar on Tuesday, June 26. The seminar will provide information about recruitment processes, career opportunities and the critical role PSOs play in protecting government assets. You can also hear from serving officers about their experiences at the academy and on the job. Watch this video to get a glimpse of what PSOs do.

The role of protective security officer is interesting, challenging and critical to the security of our state. That’s why we value and look for specific skills and qualities in all our candidates.

Successful protective security officers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they have the following characteristics in common: strong communication skills, a community-minded approach and a cool head in stressful situations.

Learn more about the entry requirements for applying as a protective security officer with SA Police. Our quick self-assessment checklist can also help you confirm your eligibility.

Citizenship

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency to join SA Police.

Age

You need to be at least 18 years old before you can begin the protective security officer qualification program.

There is no upper age limit – all applicants undergo the same application and testing process.

Licence

To apply for a position as a protective security officer, you need an unrestricted C class (car) Australian driver’s licence and have experience driving both manual and automatic vehicles.

Health and fitness

As a protective security officer, you need to maintain a high level of fitness to meet the physical demands of the job. Throughout the recruitment process, we will carry out medical and physical examinations to evaluate your fitness level.

Applicants over the age of 35 must undertake an exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) before participating in physical testing.

Read more about our medical standards

Check out our fit for duty test in action to see what’s involved.

Eyesight

You must have a minimum of 6/9 vision in each eye, either with or without visual aids (glasses or contact lenses).

Education

Completion of Year 12 or equivalent is highly desirable. If you haven’t completed Year 12, we will consider other evidence of your ability to cope with the academic aspects of training and the demands of protective security officer duties.

Communication skills

As a protective security officer, you need to have a community-minded approach and the ability to maintain a cool head in stressful situations. You should be patient, observant and capable of confidently dealing with problems in an assertive manner.

First aid

As a protective security officer, you need to have a current basic first aid certificate. You can get this by completing a one-day course with one of the following organisations or an accredited organisation of your choice:

  • St John Ambulance Australia – (08) 8306 6900
  • Australian Red Cross – (08) 8293 9200 or 1300 36 7428
  • Royal Life Saving Society – (08) 8210 4500.

Your training should cover bleeding control and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Recruitment test

Before submitting your application, you need to sit the SA Police Recruitment Test, conducted by TAFE SA. This test covers the minimum requirements for reading, numeracy, and literacy.

The current pass marks for the SA Police Recruitment Test for protective security officers are:

  • Reading: 50%
  • Writing: 50%
  • Spelling: 50%
  • Numeracy: 50%

Applicants who have achieved an ATAR (Australia Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 70 or more within the last three years or who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an Australian university (recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework) do not have to complete the recruitment test.

All other applicants must submit evidence of successful completion of the SA Police Recruitment Test along with their application.