Security Guard Training in New York

Security guard training in New York can be tough, but extremely rewarding.

Requirements for becoming a security guard include:

  • Being of 18 years of age or older
  • Being a United States citizen or a resident alien
  • Successfully passing a FBI background check (without having any serious convictions or felonies)
  • Submitting a copy of your fingerprints through L-1 Enrollment Services
  • Completing an 8-hour “pre-assignment” security guard training course

Security Guard TrainingSecurity Guard Training Program and Application Process

The “pre-assignment” security guard training course must be completed before you apply to the Department of State for a Security Guard Registration Card. As soon as this registration card is acquired, employment as a security guard may begin.

Also, an additional 16-hours of on-the-job training during the first 90 days of employment must be completed. Furthermore, every year you have to complete 8 hours of additional training in the subject of “maintenance” in order to keep your registration card.

To find out where you can take official security guard training classes, you can get in touch with any approved security guard schools in New York. The schools can be used for all of the courses listed above and there will be school fees associated. Note that online training does not count in order to be qualified.

Note that the New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services is the actual location in which you will apply for your security guard registration card following your security guard training course of 8-hours. Also, you will have to turn in your fingerprints for your background check through the L-1 Enrollment Services who will provide you with a receipt, with your application.

The different fees that must be paid and payable to L-1 Enrollment Services with money order, company or security agency check, or cashier’s check include:

  • Security Guard Registration – $36.00 ( $25.00 for renewal every two years)
  • Division of Criminal Justice Services – $75.00
  • FBI Fee – $19.95
  • Fingerprint Vendor Fee – $11.50

Note that the registration fee payable to NYS Department of State, not L-1 Enrollment Services.


Occupational Statistics

Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Hourly median wage Annual median wage
New York 101,070 $14.32 $29,790 $13.12 $27,280

SOC code: Standard Occupational Classification code
Data extracted on December 26, 2013

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