Eligibility

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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.

Prior to selection you will have to provide a current Working With Children Check.

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 to hold a C class (car) Australian driver’s licence and have experience driving both manual and automatic vehicles.

A provisional 2 (P2) licence is acceptable; however you must not have accrued any demerit points or be on Safer Driver Agreement.

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 40 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

Your visual acuity needs to be 6/9 or better (with or without correction) AND 6/18 or better in your worse eye without correction.

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 obtain a basic first aid certificate before graduating from the Police Academy. 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 367 428
  • Royal Life Saving Society – (08) 8210 4500
  • Surf Life Saving SA - (08) 8354 6900

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

Recruitment test

Prior to submitting your application, applicants are required to successfully complete the SA Police Recruitment Test with TAFE SA. The SA Police Recruitment Test covers the minimum requirements for reading, numeracy, literacy and computer competency.

Please note that applicants applying for the  Protective Security Officer-COVID19 role do not have to complete the SA Police Recruitment test with TAFE SA.  Alternative literacy and aptitude testing will be undertaken as part of the recruitment process for this role.

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 (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 70 or above OR are university graduates holding a bachelor's degree or higher from an Australian university (recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework), are not required to complete the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA) before submitting an application. You will still be required to complete the test, however the testing is conducted by SAPOL Recruiting Section after submission of your application.

Country and interstate applicants will undertake the SA Police Recruitment Test with the Recruiting Section during their testing week in Adelaide and are not required to sit the test with TAFE SA prior to submitting an application.