A New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) approved training.
New York law requires security guard applicants and security guards to complete the following training courses:
8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course for Security Guards
This is an 8 hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card from the New York State Department of State. The course provides the student with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, and ethics and conduct. The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course.
16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards
This is a 16 hour course that must be completed within 90 days of employment as a security guard. The course provides the student with detailed information on the duties and responsibilities a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, ethics and conduct, incident command system, and terrorism. The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course.
|October 6, 2022||Thursday||10:00AM-6:00PM||8||On-site (8 Hour Pre-Assignment)|
|December 8, 2022||Thursday||10:00AM-6:00PM||8||Onsite (16 Hour OTJ Part I)|
|December 9,2022||Friday||10:00AM-6:00PM||8||Onsite (16 Hour OTJ Part I)|
**Both part I and II of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course need to be taken together.
The New York minimum requirements for security guards are:
- must be 18 years of age,
- not have been convicted of any serious crime,
- pass a fingerprint based background check,
- a citizen of the United States, have a resident alien card (a green card) or have a work authorization card.
If you meet all the minimum requirements, you must complete the 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Training Course. After you have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the course, you will obtain a certificate of completion and can apply to the NYS Department of State for your Security Guard Registration Card.
Application and Fees
When you submit your application and certificate of completion for your 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Training Course, a $36.00 application fee is required in addition to a $102.25 fee for your electronic fingerprinting and a $25.00 service fee. All fees are required by New York State and are not included in your tuition or a part of the security guard training courses. Your instructor will assist you with the process to verify that your application and fees are submitted to the DCJS.
Maintenance of Your Registered Security Guard Status and Additional Training
Once you obtain employment as a security guard, the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards must be completed within 90 days. Your registration is issued for two years.
This course must be completed each calendar year you hold a security guard registration. Your registration is issued for two years; therefore, you must complete two 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Courses within your registration effective and expiration dates to be eligible for renewal. To maintain your status as a registered security guard, you must complete the 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course for Security Guards each year.
If you are a law enforcement officer or have previously held the title of a peace officer, you may not be required to comply with all of the requirements and exempt or eligible for a waiver. Please visit http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/sgtraining/ for more information regarding your situation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.