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About You

Successful Protective Security Officers come from a variety of backgrounds. Whether you have always wanted to join SAPOL, are currently working within the security industry, or are thinking about joining SAPOL for the first time, you will need strong communication skills, a community-minded approach and a cool head in stressful situations.

Patient, observant and capable of confidently dealing with problems, you will also need to be assertive. If this sounds like you, then you’ve got a lot of the qualities we value. However, before you apply you also need to meet the following requirements:

Personal qualities

You must be of excellent character; honest, dependable, self-confident, tolerant, understanding, highly motivated, culturally sensitive and committed to community safety and service. Some current or previous involvement within the community is desirable.

If you have a previous criminal history or serious traffic offences you should discuss these matters with us before you apply.


You must be an Australian citizen or hold permanent residency status.


To apply you will need to be at least 18 years old before commencing your Protective Security Officer Qualification Program.

SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA)

All applications received after 30 January 2015 will be required to contain evidence of successful completion of the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA). This test covers the minimum requirements for reading, numeracy and literacy.

Driving licence

You should hold an unrestricted 'Car' class driving licence and have experience in driving both manual and automatic vehicles.

Health and fitness

You must be medically and physically fit and will have to undertake medical and fitness examinations. If you’re over 35, you must undertake an exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) before you participate in the physical testing.

Computing skills

Familiarity with basic computer software is required.

First aid

To become a Protective Security Officer you will need a current First Aid Certificate. You can obtain your certificate by completing a course, which you should arrange with one of the following organisations:

  • St John Ambulance Australia - (08) 8306 6900
  • Australian Red Cross - (08) 8293 9200 or 1300 367 428
  • Royal Life Saving Society - (08) 8210 4500

It’s important that the course you sign up for covers bleeding control and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).