Security Guard Training.

See Chart below for Exemptions.

Introduction

The Security Guard Act of 1992 mandates the training and licensing of security guards and the approval of private security training schools. The Act also requires that certain private security training must be approved and that all private security trainers must be certified. The Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety provides administrative oversight for private security training in New York State. The New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services has oversight responsibility for the licensing and registration of all security guards.

If you have questions about licensing or registration, you must direct them to the Division of Licensing Services. You can reach them by phone at (518) 474-4429, by fax at (518) 473-6648, or by email at licensing@dos.state.ny.us. You can also get answers to many of your licensing questions at the Department of State web site.

Training Requirements

All security guards are required to complete an 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course prior to applying to the Department of State for a Security Guard License, followed by a 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards within 90 days of initial employment as a security guard, and annually complete an 8 Hour Annual In-service Training Course for Security Guards every year thereafter.

Applicants seeking an armed guard license must possess a valid NYS pistol license pursuant to Penal Law 400.00 and must complete a 47 Hour Firearms Training Course for Security Guards prior to applying for a Special Armed Guard Registration Card, and annually complete an additional 8 Hour Annual In-service Training Course for Armed Security Guards every year thereafter.

Section 89-n of the General Business Law of New York State provides for various exemptions and/or waivers of training based on previous Municipal Police Training Council approved law enforcement training.  Locate the title and the status that identifies your experience, and then click on the link below the appropriate training column to be directed to the appropriate list of approved security guard training schools, waiver form or contact information.

Separation from service is defined as retirement or resignation from the position.

Title/Status Initial Training   Annual Training
8-Hour Pre-assignment Training Course
16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course
47 Hour Firearms Training Course
8 Hour Annual In-service Training Course
8 Hour Annual In-service for Armed Guards (if armed)
No previous New York State law enforcement training
Prior to Licensing
Within 90 days of initial employment as Security Guard
Prior to applying for Special Armed Guard Registration Card
 
Annually
Annually

Police Officer (CPL 1.20)(currently serving)

Exempt from training and licensing requirements.
Former Police Officer (separated less than 10 years)  
*Prior to Licensing and Annually

Former Police Officer (separated more than 10 years)

 
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Prior to Licensing and Annually

Officer (NYS DOCS)(currently serving)

 

Former Correction Officer (NYS DOCS) - (separated less than 10 years)

 
*Prior to Licensing and Annually

Former Correction Officer (NYS DOCS) - (separated more than 10 years)

 
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Bridge and Tunnel Officer, Sergeant or Lieutenant of the TBTA  

Former Bridge and Tunnel Officer, Sergeant or Lieutenant of the TBTA(separated less than 10 years)

 
*Prior to Licensing and Annually

Former Bridge and Tunnel Officer, Sergeant or Lieutenant of the TBTA(separated more than 10 years)

 
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Court Officer or Clerk of the Unified Court System  
Former Court Officer or Clerk of the Unified Court System (separated less than 10 years)  
*Prior to Licensing and Annually

Former Court Officer or  Clerk of the Unified Court System(separated more than 10 years)

 
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Sheriff, Undersheriff, or Deputy Sheriff of the NYC Sheriff’s Office  

Former Sheriff, Undersheriff, or Deputy Sheriff of the NYC Sheriff’s Office (separated less than 10 years)

 
*Prior to Licensing and Annually

Former Sheriff, Undersheriff, or Deputy Sheriff of the NYC Sheriff’s Office(separated more than 10 years)

 
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Prior to Licensing and Annually

Other Peace Officer (CPL 2.10 or 2.16)(currently employed)

 
May utilize Annual Peace Officer In-service Training
May utilize Annual Peace Officer In-service Training

Former Other Peace Officer (CPL 2.10 or 2.16)(separated less than 10 years)

 
Exempt First Ten Years of Separation, Then Annually
*Prior to Licensing and Annually

Former Other Peace Officer (CPL 2.10 or 2.16)(separated more than 10 years)

 
Prior to Licensing and Annually
Prior to Licensing and Annually

*Armed Guard applicants who have completed initial training in firearms and deadly physical force more than 12 months prior to being employed as a security guard must complete the 8 Hour Annual In-service Training Course for Armed Security Guards prior to applying for a license.

For more information, please email or NY State at 518-457-2667.