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New York
Security Guard Training

All security guards are required to complete an 8-Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course prior to applying to the Department of State for a Security Guard Registration Card. That course must be followed by a 16-Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards within 90 days of initial employment as a security guard. An 8-Hour Annual In-Service Training Course for Security Guards is required within 12 months of the 16 Hour-On-the-Job Course for Security Guards, and annually thereafter.

Tuition: $50

This program is the first required course for those who wish to enter the security field.

This program is available after the 8-hour Pre-Assignment Training Course is completed and is the second required course.

This program is designed for guards who currently work in the security field and must be completed each calendar year to meet current training needs and/or required updates.

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.

8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course for Security Guards
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. The course is structured to provide the student with updated and enhanced 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.

Important Information:

  1. Attendance shall be required of each student for all sections of a security guard training course.
  2. The taking and passing of a written examination is required of each individual prior to issuance of a certificate of successful completion for the 8 hour Pre-Assignment Training Course and the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course.
  3. Refund Policy: Students will receive a 100% refund prior to the start of instruction. For courses divided between two days, the student will receive a 50% refund if requested before the start of the second day.
  4. A security guard training school cannot assess any non-refundable registration fees, cancellation fees, or deposits.

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. Security guards are required to complete the 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course every year to maintain status as a registered security guard.

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.

Special Circumstances

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.

Student Advisory Notice

Berkeley College is an approved security guard training school and required to provide students attending one of the three courses listed with a copy of the DCJS Student Advisory Notice. The Notice outlines several conditions of the training program that will affect them immediately and in the future. Through this Notice, the school is advising the student of these conditions. A copy will be provided to you once the course registration has been completed and may be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/docs/sgtraining/pubs/student-advisory-notice.pdf

Description of complaint procedure

School complaints will be directed to the School of Professional Studies Chair, Gary Krulish for resolution. Professor Krulish can be reached via email at ghk@BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or (973) 278–5400, ext. 1406. Students can also contact the DCJS at (518) 457-2667.

Spring Semester 2021

Campus: New York City Campus
Date Day Time Hours Class Type
July 8 Thursday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 On-site (8 Hour Pre-Assignment)
July 9 Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 Onsite (16 Hour OTJ Part I)
July 15 Thursday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 Virtual (16 Hour OTJ Part II)
July 17 Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 Onsite (Annual In-Service)

**Both part I and II of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course need to be taken together.


Fall Semester 2021

Campus: New York City Campus
Date Day Time Hours Class Type
October 14 Thursday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 On-site (8 Hour Pre-Assignment)
October 15 Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 Onsite (16 Hour OTJ Part I)
October 21 Thursday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 Virtual (16 Hour OTJ Part II)
October 23 Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM 8 Onsite (Annual In-Service)

**Both part I and II of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course need to be taken together.

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.