Security Guard Act of 1992

Section 89-G of Article 7A requires all persons engaged in security guard activities be registered with the New York Department of State (DOS), and complete all training (unless exempt) at schools approved by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Training for security guards was mandated by the Security Guard Act of 1992. The Act requires that all security guards complete three training courses. All courses must be conducted at approved training schools, by certified instructors. The New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services has oversight responsibility for the registration of all security guards.

The following training courses are required to be employed as a Security Guard in NYS

8 hour pre-assignment training

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. This 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. 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 course.


8 Hour Annual In-Service Training

This is an 8 hour course that must be completed within 12 calendar months from completion of the 16 hour On-the-Job Training Course for security guards, and annually thereafter. This course is structured to provide the student with updated and enhanced information on the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. The 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. Topics include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, and ethics and conduct.


16 hour On-The-Job Training (OJT)

This is a 16 hour course that must be completed within 90 days of employment as a security guard. This course provides the student with detailed information on the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, and ethics and conduct, incident command system, and terrorism. The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course.


Note:

Please note that the ID card you now hold remains in effect until the date it expires. Once the ID card expires, you will be ineligible to continue employment as a security guard. If your registration has been expired for 6 months or more, you will be required to re-apply for a new registration.