Advanced Certificate in Security Operations and Management


One Year Full-time


Level 6 QQI Award Security Operations (6M4980)

Course Aims

This course is designed to develop the learner’s understanding of Security Business Management and acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently or at supervisory level in the security industry. It also prepares learners for a career at management level in other business sectors. As part of this course, learners complete  industrial experience placements in a supervisory capacity with recognised security companies. This course is of particular relevance to those learners who are interested in a career with  An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces or the Prison Service.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Level 5 QQI Award in Security Studies or
   Security Systems Technology or equivalent
• Applications are welcome from learners
   with relevant experience in this area

Course Modules

• Crime Prevention
• Business Management
• Supervisory Security Management
• Entrepreneurial Skills
• Customer Service
• Personal and Professional Development
• Communications
• Conflict Management
• Spreadsheet Methods

Additional Information

  • Learners have the option of completing the Level 4 QQI Door Security Procedures minor award as part of this course to acquire their DSP (Door Supervisor (Licenced Premises) licence from the Private Security Authority (PSA)

  • Employers actively seek our learners for employment in the security industry environment

  • Successful graduates of this course may apply to the Security Institute of Ireland to become a member

  • Graduates of this course are equipped to start their own business in the security area. The supervisory skills gained, combined with Entrepreneurial skills place DFEi graduates in an ideal position to start up and gain a contractor's licence with the PSA. Crime prevention is a growing industry in Ireland. Graduates may consider further study in new emerging global crimes such as IT security, fraud and financial crime.


Other Certification

  • First Aid Certificate - Irish Red Cross
  • Safe Pass Certificate (Optional)
  • Static Guarding Licence (PSA)
  • Door Security Procedures Licence (PSA)


Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links


Bachelor of Business (BN014)
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
BEng in Electronic Engineering (CW527)
Institute of Technology Carlow
BB in Business (DK816)
Dundalk Institute of Technology
BA in Business (NC009)
National College of Ireland
BA in Criminal Justice Studies (WD150)
BSc in Computer Forensics and Security (WD161)
Waterford Institute of Technology

For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.


Career Paths

Graduates of this course may find supervisory employment in the Security sector as a retail security professional, security officer, head doorman and control room operative. Graduates may also join An Garda Síochana, Defence Forces, Prison Service, Customer Service or Fire Service.