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How to get a PLRD Security Officer license in 3 Simple Steps

How to get a PLRD Security Officer License in 3 Simple Steps?

Follow the footsteps of more than 4000 KnowledgeTree’s learners. Become a licensed security officer and play a part in making Singapore one of the safest cities in the world by simply following 3 simple steps! 

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Step 1 - Apply For A Security Licence

To become a licensed security officer, you will need a Security Officer licence from the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD) if you are to be employed to perform any of the following duties (Singapore Police Force, 2020):

a.  Patrolling or guarding another person’s property (including cash in transit) by physical means (which may involve the use of patrol dogs) or by electronic means;

b.  Keeping the property (including cash in transit) of another person under surveillance, including for the purpose of preventing theft thereof;

c.   Acting as a bodyguard or bouncer;

d.  Performing any function of screening individuals, as part of your regular duties, seeking entry into any public place or other premises; and

e.  Regulating traffic under the Road Traffic Act (Cap. 276).

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Click here for a step-by-step guide.

Apply for a security licence at the GoBusiness Licensing website.

This process will take about 14 working days. You will be notified of the result via SMS/Email/Letter. 

If you are an Ex-Regular or NSF, do check with the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD) if you are exempted from the basic licensing units. 

* There will be a processing fee of $16 for this application (payable by debit/credit card).


Step 2 - Complete 3 Basic Security Courses with KnowledgeTree

If you don't have prior experience or exemptions by PLRD, you will need to complete the following 3 courses under the Basic Licensing Units (BLUs) to be eligible for a security licence and become a licensed security officer in Singapore (check with PLRD before applying for these courses).

  1. PGPS - Guard and Patrol (Provide Guard and Patrol Services)
  2. HSIS - Incident Response (Handle Security Incidents and Services)
  3. RTT - Threat Observation (Recognise Terrorist Threats)

* SkillsFuture Credit may be used on top of existing government course subsidies to pay for a wide range of our approved skills-related courses.

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Step 3 - Make Your Security Pass

Every citizen has their IC to identify themselves. Security officers also need to have their security pass to identify themselves! The final step to becoming a licensed security officer is to make your Security Officer Pass!

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14 days after your final assessment date, you may proceed to make your Security Officer Pass at the Union of Security Employees (USE)

* There will be a processing fee of $22.50 for this application.

USE Customer Service Centre

Textile Centre
200 Jalan Sultan #03-24
Singapore 199018
Contact number: 63346393

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Every last Tuesday of the Month: 9am – 1pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Click here for directions to USE.

Congratulations! You are now officially a licensed security officer and able to take up security job roles!