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Security Guard Training (SGT)

What does a NYS security guard do?
A security guard as defined in Article 7A of the General Business Law [89-f (6)] is a person (other than an active police officer) employed in NYS to principally perform one or more of the following duties, and the person is not performing the functions of a private investigator as defined in Section 71 of Article 7 of the General Business Law:

* protection of persons and/or property from harm, theft, and/or unlawful activity;
* deterrence, observation, detection, and/or reporting unlawful or unauthorized activity;
* street patrol service;
* response to, but not installation or service of, a security system alarm.

For more info visit NYS Department of State...

Unarmed Security Guard Training

Eight Hour Pre-Assignment Training course
This is the first required course, which is a general introductory course. Guards are issued a certificate upon successful completion. 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 course.

16 Hour Training course
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.

Eight Hour Annual In-service course
This training must be completed each calendar year following completion of the 16 Hour Training 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 the guard registration.

Armed Security Guard Training

To become licensed armed guards, the certified security 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 provides administrative oversight for private security training in New York State.

47 Hour Firearms course
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 that must be submitted to the Department of State along with the registration application.

Annual Eight Hour Firearms Training course
This course 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.


If you own a firearm, whether for sport or defense, in the home or carrying daily, you owe it to society, yourself, and your loved ones to handle them safely, be proficient in their use, and understand the law.




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