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Certificate IV in Government Security (Personnel Vetting) PSP40316

Overview

The qualification allows for the attainment of occupational specific competencies for those working in operational roles undertaking government security related functions, with a particular focus on meeting the ethical and legislative requirements of the public service. It is suitable for individuals who need to apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in specific contexts within the security environment.

Qualification: Certificate IV in Government Security (Personnel Vetting) PSP40316
Program No: C4-SO36
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 6 to 12 months part-time, 10 face-to-face classes plus up to 8 hours per week of online study and independent study of 5 hours per week including online activities, research, report writing, team work, skill development.
Cost Info:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance

Likely Job Outcome: Assessing officers undertaking Positive Vetting, Negative Vetting Level 2 or complex vetting assessments.
Application Type: CIT Solutions
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Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To enrol it is mandatory that participants have sponsorship from a government agency or approved independent vetting provider (IVP). Assessment is contingent on access to specific work practices, to demonstrate the requirements of the units of competency. Participants should hold a current government security clearance.

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    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework levels of at least 2 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with a lower level program, or enrol in the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways (FSK10213) to develop your literacy skills. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

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Subject Information

Core - complete all 3

  • PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
    • CIT Code: PSAD201
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to contribute to an ethical workplace and participate in ethical decision making.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles but may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would generally work independently and as part of a team, where they may have some supervisory responsibilities. They would perform complex tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
    • CIT Code: PSAD205
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to encourage colleagues in the workplace to comply with legislation. It includes assisting others to comply with legislative requirements, and taking action on non-compliance.
      This unit applies to those working in generalist or specialist work activities where they need to identify, understand and comply with the legislative environment within which they work.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit may be working independently with some supervisory responsibilities while performing complex tasks in familiar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSEC009 Handle sensitive information
    • CIT Code: SECU205
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to receive, deal with, maintain and dispose of sensitive information.
      This unit applies to those working in a security role where they would receive, deal with and maintain sensitive information.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would generally work independently, as part of a team and with occasional supervisory responsibilities. They would perform complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete 11 - Not all electives will be offered each semester

Group A - complete 1

  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
    • CIT Code: OHSS201
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs as part of a small work team.
      The unit applies to individuals who have a key role in maintaining workplace safety in an organisation. In their role they closely monitor aspects of work associated with the safe delivery of products and services, and they have a responsibility for influencing safety in the workplace.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
    • CIT Code: OHSS206
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.
      It applies to individuals with supervisory responsibilities for implementing and monitoring the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs in a work area. These individuals have a broad knowledge of WHS policies and contribute well developed skills in creating solutions to unpredictable problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Group B Personnel Vetting - complete 6

  • PSPSEC008 Conduct personnel security assessments
    • CIT Code: PSAD400
      Description: This unit describes the skills required to collect, analyse and evaluate personal information, make recommendations on security assessment outcomes and record and report on personnel security assessments.
      This unit applies to those working in the security sector required to make assessments.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would generally work independently and as part of a team using support resources as required. They would perform complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
    • CIT Code: PSAD268
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to handle difficult interpersonal situations and address the conflicts that may arise in day to day work activities. It includes identifying the cause of conflict, establishing and implementing strategies for dealing with conflict and evaluating the response and outcomes.
      This unit applies to those working in generalist and specialist roles within the public sector.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies
    • CIT Code: PSAD203
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to use advanced workplace communication strategies. It includes dealing with complex enquiries and/or complaints, giving directions, managing meetings and giving presentations.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles but may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit will be working independently, with possible supervisory responsibilities, performing complex task in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN034 Compose complex workplace documents
    • CIT Code: PSAD282
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to compose written complex workplace documents. It includes interpreting and evaluating workplace information and editing.
      This unit applies to those working in generalist and specialist roles within the public sector.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently performing complex tasks in a range of contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
    • CIT Code: PSAD215
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to identify and treat risk using the organisation’s risk management procedures and treatments. It applies to the risks inherent in all aspects of everyday work in the public sector as well as to specific functional activities and projects related to the particular mandate of the organisation. It includes establishing the risk context, analysing and evaluating risks and monitoring and reviewing the risk treatment plan.
      This unit applies to those working in generalist or specialist roles within the public sector.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN043 Apply government processes
    • CIT Code: PSAD204
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to apply government processes. It includes applying information relating to the machinery of government and knowledge of organisations protocols and functions.
      This unit applies to those working in generalist and specialist roles within the public sector.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews
    • CIT Code: PSAD252
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to gather information through interviews. It includes preparing for and conducting interviews and reviewing and correlating information.
      This unit applies to those working in regulatory roles within the public sector involved in information gathering through interviews.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently as part of a team, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG016 Conduct data analysis
    • CIT Code: PSAD257
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to cover activities involved in analysing and matching data from a range of sources. It includes analysing information, and documenting outcomes of the analysis.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles conducting regulatory activities.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently and/or in teams, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil

General - complete 4

  • PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
    • CIT Code: PSAD116
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to identify client needs, deliver a service, monitor through feedback and then review the service.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles but may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would be working under supervision, performing routine tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN026 Provide input to change processes
    • CIT Code: PSAD125
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to understand the reasons for change and to initiate specific changes related to the work unit. It includes suggesting options and opportunities for change, encouraging commitment to workplace change, monitoring and evaluating change and dealing with ambiguity in the change process.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles but may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation
    • CIT Code: PSAD410
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to conduct an investigation under commonwealth and/or jurisdictional law, in accordance with an established investigation plan. It includes gathering and managing evidence, identifying persons of interest, reviewing and reporting on progress and briefing/debriefing relevant personnel.
      This unit applies to those working in a range of regulatory work environments.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to WHS and environment in the context of investigations.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently using support from a range of established resources to perform complex tasks in a range of contexts, including some that are unfamiliar and/or unpredictable.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation
    • CIT Code: PSAD206
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to identify, implement and monitor relevant policy and report on implementation.
      This unit applies to public sector staff and other stakeholders working in a role where they are required to support policy implementation.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently. They would perform routine tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview
    • CIT Code: PSAD251
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to produce formal records of interview. It includes preparing for, conducting and record interviews.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles conducting regulatory activities.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to WHS and environment in the context of conducting interviews.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently, performing routine tasks, in a range of contexts including some that are unfamiliar or unpredictable.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG013 Undertake inspections and monitoring
    • CIT Code: PSAD300
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to undertake both routine and non-routine inspections and monitoring of a more complex or detailed nature, with discretion to determine appropriate action in accordance with relevant Acts and regulations. It includes planning and organising inspection and monitoring activities, undertaking inspections, acting on non-compliance and providing reports, information and training.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles conducting regulatory activities.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently as part of a team, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG015 Receive and validate data
    • CIT Code: PSAD256
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to handle data received from a variety of sources which may then be acted upon or referred for further action. It includes receiving and recording data, verifying its authenticity and recommending and/or taking action as a result.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles conducting regulatory activities.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently as part of a team, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information
    • CIT Code: PSAD126
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to collect and analyse information to achieve work unit objectives and meet client needs. It includes identifying and collecting information, analysing and interpreting information, developing and applying workable solutions, presenting information and maintaining information.
      This unit applies to those working in public sector roles but may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work independently, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSEC005 Undertake government security risk analysis
    • CIT Code: SECU217
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to analyse risk against an organisation's operational environment. It includes establishing the security risk context and compiling a security risk register by identifying, analysing and evaluating risk against a security plan.
      This unit applies to those working at an operational level, in specialist or generalist roles across all areas within an organisation.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to the security plan.
      Those undertaking this unit would generally work independently and as part of a team using support resources as required. They would perform complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSEC007 Develop and advise on government security procedures
    • CIT Code: SECU218
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to interpret security policy and legislation, analyse security related data, develop procedures and provide advice on government security matters. This unit applies to those working in the policy development division of the organisation. The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to policy development and implementation. Those undertaking this unit would generally work independently and as part of a team using support resources as required. They would perform complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSEC006 Implement security risk treatments
    • CIT Code: SECU238
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to confirm risk decisions, identify risk treatments, implement countermeasures and monitor and review the security risk management process.
      This unit applies to those working in a security role where they will be required to confirm, identify, implement and review risk.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to the security plan.
      Those undertaking this unit would generally work independently and as part of a team using support resources as required. They would perform complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSEC010 Provide government security briefings
    • CIT Code: SECU240
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to organise and conduct security briefings which may be delivered face to face, via telecommunication means or briefing papers.
      This unit applies to those working in the security sector with some responsibility for determining the need for, and the provision of security briefings.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit will be working as part of a team or independently where support is available for more complex situations. They will perform complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSEC015 Communicate security awareness
    • CIT Code: SECU244
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills required to promote security issues to improve government security management. It includes planning and designing awareness-raising activities, promoting security management and developing and nurturing cooperative client relationships. This unit applies to those whose roles include promoting and conducting security awareness activities and evaluating their success. The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to ethical and security management standards, guidelines and codes of conduct when communicating security awareness. Those undertaking this unit would normally work independently, initiating support from a range of established resources, while performing complex tasks in a range of contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil

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More Information

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