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Participants learn how to undertake all aspects of personnel vetting and align  new skills to their legislative context, including the Protective Security Policy Framework. By understanding why particular responsibilities are important, learners will be able to conceptualise and execute best practice in all situations.

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Course Overview



Start Dates




$4595 (Or $3595 if you already hold the PSP30116 Certificate III in Government (Security))

Delivery Mode

Blended (Face to Face & Online) and Recognition of Prior Learning


Program delivery to be conducted at the Bruce or Tuggeranong CIT Campus (TBC)


Bruce Campus

Building J, Vowels Crescent
Haydon Dr, Bruce, ACT
2617 Australia

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Tuggeranong Campus

205 Anketell St,
Greenway ACT
2900 Australia

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PSP40316 Certificate IV in Government Security (Personnel Vetting)

  • Identify legal and ethical issues relevant to government policy.
  • Contribute to the management of risk in relation to personnel.
  • Interpret, analyse, verify and evaluate data presented during the suitability assessment process.
  • Provide analytical and factually based reports.
  • Conduct vetting interviews.


Pre-course assignment, vetting file scenarios, short-answer assessment tasks, third-party reports.

Awarded by

Canberra Institute of Technology

Units of Competency
  • PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
  • PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
  • PSPSEC009 Handle sensitive information
  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • PSPSEC008 Conduct personnel security assessments
  • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
  • PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies
  • PSPGEN034 Compose complex workplace documents
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
  • PSPGEN043 Apply government processes
  • PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews
  • PSPREG016 Conduct data analysis
  • PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
  • PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation

The course consists of a pre-course assessment, and ten face-to-face sessions


Sponsorship from a government agency or approved independent vetting provider is mandatory.  Assessment is contingent on access to specific work practices, so as to demonstrate the particular competencies required.  Participants should hold a current government security clearance.

How to apply

Do you require further information? To find out more about PSP40316 Certificate IV in Government Security (Personnel Vetting), call our Learner Experience team on 6207 4444.

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