Unarmed Security Guard Training in New York

February 10, 2013

To work as a security guard in New York you must be licensed. the following requirements must be met in order to receive a license.

Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • United States citizen or resident alien
  • No convictions of serious criminal offenses
  • Completed an 8 hour pre-assignment course
  • Complete 16 hours of on-the-job training within 90 days of initial employment

Training Course

The 8 hour pre-assignment course can include.

  • Role of a security guard
  • Legal powers and limitations
  • Emergency situations
  • Communications & public relations
  • Access control
  • Ethics and conduct

The 16 hour on-the-job training course can include.

  • Role of a security guard
  • Legal powers and limitations
  • Emergency situations
  • Communications & public relations
  • Access control
  • Ethics and conduct
  • Report writing
  • Overview of the incident
  • Command system
  • Terrorism related topics

Maintenance

A registration as a security guard is valid for 2 years. Each year you must complete 8 hours of in-service training to maintain your license.

Application Process

The license application form and other useful links and information can be found at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/securityguard/sguard.html.

Before you complete the license form make sure you have the following.

  • Certificate for completing an 8 hour pre-assignment course
  • Signed DMV informed consent
  • Receipt that proves fingerprinting at an approved vendor

Instructions on how to obtain fingerprint cards can be found at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/fingerprinting.html.

Fees

There is an initial $36 application fee and a $102.25 fingerprinting fee.

Renewal of your license (every 2 years) is $25.

Resources

CJS: Security Guard Training
CJS: 8 hour pre-assignment course lesson plan
CJS: 16 hour on the job training plan
NY Division of Licensing Services

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