Programme Benefits

This vocational qualification was developed for those seeking a career within the Static and Retail sectors of the private security industry in Ireland.

Successful completion can lead directly to employment within the security industry as the award satisfies the training requirements for licensing in the Security Guard (Static) sector as prescribed by the industry regulatory body, the Private Security Authority. Those wishing to work within the Door Security (Licensed Premises) sector require a different award and a separate license. The Door Security award is also available through the Security Institute.


To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work under supervision as a security officer performing practical security duties and procedures and responding to security situations in a variety of settings including static and the retail industry.


Learners have 21 days to complete their studies online. The 21 days commences from the learner’s first log in to the course platform. Study is self-directed, it is for learners to determine their own schedule. The Security Institute maintain a record of date and time of learner log in for quality control and internal verification purposes.

Course Content

The Static and Retail online programme is presented in seven parts as follows:

  • The Private Security Industry
  • The Private Security Officer
  • Loss Prevention
  • Legislation and Regulations
  • Communications and Conflict Management
  • Emergencies and Emergency Procedures
  • Security Procedures


The facilitating trainer will support the learner throughout the process by telephone, e-mail, zoom or skype whichever is appropriate to the learner’s circumstances.


Assessment takes the form of:

  • A written examination (50% of marks)
  • Skills demonstrations (50% of marks)

Aspects of skills demonstrations are recorded for quality control and internal verification.


Successful completion of this programme leads to three certificates:

  • QQI Minor Award in Guarding Skills at Level 4
  • Security Institute of Ireland Certificate in Static Security
  • Security Institute of Ireland Certificate in Retail Security


The programme fee is agreed between the trainer and the learner.


Please contact your local approved trainer for course registration.