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COURSE CATALOG  

NEW YORK STATE MANDATED COURSES FOR SECURITY GUARDS 

 

NYS Eight Hour Pre-Assignment Course for Security Guards 

 

This course is required to be taken before initial employment and is necessary to apply for your New York State security guard (unarmed) registration.  Designed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, it is an excellent introductory course for security guards that is designed to give the student a basic working knowledge of their role in the industry. It is the first course needed in order to apply for a security guard license in New York State, and only needs to be taken one time. The course lesson plans were prepared by criminal justice and security experts from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and is presented by distinguished trainers from our school with many years of experience. 

 

Course Outline 

 

1.       Introduction — one-quarter (1/4) hour 

Registration Introductions and experience of Instructor, Introduction of Students, Course Topics. School Rules/Housekeeping, Security Guard Act of 1992 and GBL 89 Overview/Requirements. 

 

2.       Role of a Security Guard — one and one-quarter (1 ¼) hours 

Provides an overview of the security industry and defines duties typically performed. 

 

3.       Legal Powers and Limitations – two (2) hours 

Defines the difference between security guards and law enforcement officers and explains custody and arrest procedures. 

 

4.       Emergency Situations – one (1) hour 

Provides an overview of different types of emergencies and methods of response. 

 

5.       Communications and Public Relations – one (1) hour 

Explains the oral and written communications process and identifies how perceptions affect interaction.  

 

6.       Access Control – one-half (1/2) hour 

Identifies elements of access control and defines the three general types of access control. 

 

7.       Ethics and Conduct – one (1) hour 

Defines and explains the importance of the Code of Ethics for security guards, and the necessity to do everything legally, morally, and ethically right. 

 

8.       Review and Examination – one (1) hour 

 

NYS Sixteen Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards 

 

This two day course is required to be taken within ninety (90) days of initial employment as a security guard in New York State.  The first day covers the same subjects as the NYS Eight Hour Pre-Assignment Course for Security Guards providing more information, and the second day is designed to give the student a baseline awareness of weapons of mass destruction and the Incident Command System (ICS), a component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  

 

Course Outline 

 

1.       Introduction — one-quarter (1/4) hour 

Registration Introductions and experience of Instructor, Introduction of Students, Course Topics. School Rules/Housekeeping. 

  

2.       Role of a Security Guard — one and one-quarter (1 1/2) hours 

Provides an overview of the security industry and defines duties typically performed. 

 

3.       Legal Powers and Limitations – two (2) hours 

Defines the difference between security guards and law enforcement officers and explains custody and arrest procedures. 

 

4.       Emergency Situations – one and one-half (1 ½) hours 

Provides an overview of different types of emergencies and methods of response. 

 

5.       Communications and Public Relations – one (1) hour 

Explains the oral and written communications process and identifies how perceptions affect interaction.  

 

6.       Access Control – one (1) hour 

Identifies elements of access control and defines the three general types of access control. 

 

7.       Ethics and Conduct – one (1) hour 

Defines and explains the importance of the Code of Ethics for security guards, and the necessity to do everything legally, morally, and ethically right. 

 

8.       Report Writing – one (1) hour 

 

9.       Overview of the Incident Command System (ICS) – two (2) hours 

 

10.     Terrorism and Related Topics – four (4) hours 

Terrorism at the awareness level designed to make security guards aware how terrorists operate, how to spot a possible terrorist attack in the making (pre-attack), and what to do during (attack) and after the attack (post attack). 

 

11.     Review and Examination – one (1) hour 

 

Annual In-Service Training Course for Security Guards 

 

This course is a refresher course of the same subjects covered in the NYS Eight Hour Pre-Assignment Course for Security Guards with more focus on communications, advanced report writing, ethics and conduct and is required to be taken annually in order to maintain and renew your security guard license.  

 

Course Outline 

 

1.       Role of a Security Guard — 1.0 Hours 

                  Provides a review of the security industry and duties typically performed. 

2.       Legal Powers and Limitations – 1.0 Hours 

                   Defines the difference between security guards and law enforcement officers and explains custody and arrest procedures. 

3.       Emergency Situations – 1.0 Hours 

4.       Provides an overview of different types of emergencies and methods of response, and  adds some fire safety training. 

5.       Communications and Public Relations – 1.0 Hours 

 Explains the oral and written communications process and identifies how perceptions  affect interaction. This reviews some topics learned in the Eight Hour Pre-Assignment Course and Sixteen Hour On-the-Job Training Courses, and provides    

more information about interpersonal communications. 

6.       Access Control – 1.0 Hours 

                  Identifies elements of access control and defines the three general types of access  control. 

7.       Report Writing – 1.0 Hours 

Provides more in-depth information written communications and advance report writing techniques. 

8.       Ethics and Conduct – 1.0 Hours 

Defines and reviews the importance of the Code of  Ethics for security guards, and the necessity to do everything legally, morally, and ethically right. 

9.       Communications and Public Relations (expanded) - 1.0 Hours 

This block of instruction expands on topics presented in Lesson 4 (Communication  and Public Relations) by teaching students a variety of useful and practical skills that  will help them in their role of security guard. 

 

 

NYS Forty-Seven Hour Firearms Course for Security Guards 

 

This course is required to be taken for those wishing to upgrade from unarmed to armed guard.  

 

Note: Course pre-requisites are (1) valid NYS unarmed guard registration card, (2) valid NYS pistol permit, and (3) duty type weapon of at least 9mm or higher.  

 

Component 1 

 

Penal Law Article 35 

Use of Force/Deadly Physical Force (7 Hours) 

Component 2 

 

Range Instruction/Qualification (40 Hours) 

 

Eight Hour Annual Firearms Training Course for Security Guards 

 

This course is required to be taken annually in order to maintain and renew your armed security guard registration.  

 

Course Outline 

 

Note: Course pre-requisites are (1) valid NYS armed guard registration card, (2) valid NYS pistol permit, and (3) duty type weapon of at least 9mm or higher.  

 

Component 1 

 

Penal Law Article 35 

Use of Force/Deadly Physical Force (3 hours). 

 

Component 2 

 

Range Instruction/Qualification (5 Hours)