Mandated Training Courses
Training for security guards was mandated by the Security Guard Act
of 1992. The Act requires that all security guards complete three
training courses. Armed guards are required to complete two additional
training courses. All courses must be conducted at
approved training schools, by certified
instructors. The Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of
Public Safety provides administrative oversight for private security
training in New York State.
- The first required course, is an Eight Hour
Pre-Assignment Training course. This is a general
introductory course. Upon successful completion of this course the
guard is issued a training certificate. This certificate must
accompany the security guard's registration application when
submitted to the Department of State. Once the application is
submitted, the guard has 90 days to complete the second training
- The second required course is the 16 Hour
On-the-Job Training course (OJT). This training program
should be relevant to the guard's duties, requirements of the work
site, and the needs of the employer. Schools may conduct this
training in an approved classroom setting or at an approved work
site which is conducive to learning.
- The third required training program is the
Eight Hour Annual In-service course. This training must be
completed each calendar year following completion of the 16 Hour OJT
course. This program is designed to meet current training needs and
refresh or update guards in changes in the security field. The guard
must complete this course as a prerequisite for
renewal of his or her guard registration.
- Guards who carry firearms are required to complete a
47 Hour Firearms course before they can be
licensed as an armed security guard. This course includes seven
hours of classroom instruction in the Use of Force (NYS Penal Law
Art. 35) followed by a written examination, and 40 hours on the
firing range followed by weapons qualification. Upon successful
completion of this course the guard is issued a training
certificate. This certificate must accompany the security guard's
registration application when submitted to the Department of State.
- Armed guards must also complete an Annual
Eight Hour Firearms Training course which includes three
hours of classroom refresher on the Use of Force followed by a
written examination, and five hours of weapons qualification which
includes a proficiency examination. The guard must complete this
course as a prerequisite for renewal of
his or her armed guard registration.
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