• Code: EE
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Security Studies (5M2110)
    • Door Licence Certificate (PSA)
    • Retail Licence Certificate (PSA)
    • Self Defence Certificate (FMA)
    • Crisis Prevention (CPI)
    • First Aid (BIFE)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is designed to prepare learners for employment in the security industry. The course material provides an introduction to the relevant areas of the industry in Ireland. An integral part of the course is the work placement, giving learners on-the-job experience. This course can be a valuable addition to those who may apply to join An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces or the Prison Services. It has been designed to meet the needs of the security industry. Under the Private Security Services Act 2004 all security personnel are required to register and obtain a licence. Learners who pass Basic Guarding, Security Industry Awareness and Door Security Procedures may apply for a Security licence under the Private Security Services Act 2004.

Programme of Study
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Security Industry Procedures 
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Crisis Prevention
  • Door Security Skills
  • Security Guarding Skills
  • Communications
  • First Aid
  • Customer Service
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Self Defence

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placemen

Career Opportunities
  • Gardaí
  • Armed Forces
  • Prison Service
  • Door Security
  • Retail Security
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

TUD Technological University Dublin (Blanchardstown campus):

  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (TU758)
  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (TU863)

*Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Charlie Batt

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"Going to BIFE was the best thing I ever did. I learned all the skills needed to work in security in these hard times. The help and support I got from Charlie Batt and his expert team was second to none. I was long term unemployed. Now I enjoy the dignity of a full time job. I highly recommend it. Thanks to all at bife." - Eoin Kenny

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