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Become a Licensed Security Guard in New York


Before you apply, you need to be trained.


​Initial Training Requirements:

​8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training

A general introductory course. You must complete this course and submit a copy of the certificate issued to you with your security guard application.



16 Hour On-The-Job Training (OJT)

A course relevant to the duties of guards, requirements of the work site, and the needs of the employer. You must complete this training within 90 days of employment as a security guard.

Annual Training Requirement:

8 Hour Annual In-Service Training - 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.

Visit our RESOURCES page for applications and training requirements.

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