NYS Armed Security Guard Training

New York State Department of State requires all armed security guards to complete the following courses towards their armed guard registration:

47-Hour Firearms Training: Must possess a valid NYS pistol permit and unarmed security guard registration to be able to enroll. 

NOTE: If you do not yet have NYS security guard registration, you MUST complete the training requirements and apply for the NYS unarmed guard registration before applying for an armed guard upgrade with the NYS DOS. See the NYS DOS Division of Licensing Services on Training Requirements for more details and exemptions.

Annual Requirements:

8-Hour Annual In-Service Training

8-Hour Annual Firearms Training

BOTH of these courses must be completed every calendar year to maintain your registration.


We are an approved security guard school, as approved by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. You will receive a certificate of completion for each of the courses listed, which you will need to submit to the NYS DOS.


This New York State 8 Hour Annual Certified Firearms Training Course will satisfy your yearly firearms qualification requirement for Armed Security Guard. For retired law enforcement officers, this is the only course that they must take on a yearly basis. All other Armed Security Guards must also take the New York State 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course to complete their yearly training requirements. Please see that training course for more information.

All individuals who take this course are required to qualify with a minimum of seventy percent (70%) on a fifty round shooting course (minimum passing is 35 rounds within the designated target area). All participants after listening to the “Use of Force” lecture and review will take a ten question test with a minimum passing grade of seventy percent (70%). It is required that all participants bring their current N.Y.S. Security License, Pistol Permit, Weapons of Choice, Magazines, Holster and 50 rounds of Ammunition per weapon when they come to class. The cost of this program is one hundred dollars ($100.00) for qualification with two weapons. Each additional weapon is twenty-five dollars ($25.00)

This New York State Certified Firearms Course is for registered security guard who wish to carry a firearm in the course of their duties. It is a comprehensive program, teaching the basic safety rules, fundimentals of shooting, tactical shooting, care and cleaning. Part of the course will cover the proper use of force including deadly physical force. Also covered in weapon handling is shotgun and rifle. Novices and accomplished shooters will enjoy the our low key approach to teaching these skills. Each participant will have to obtain a minimum of seventy percent on all shooting exercises and written testing.

To register for this 47 hour program, individuals must have a pistol permit and New York Security Guard License. You will also need to purchase approximately 600 round of ammo (12 fifty round boxes). If you do not have a weapon or holster setup, can can arrange for you to use one at no charge. Cost for this program is seven hundred dollars ($700.00) plus ammo. All teaching materials, range time, targets and use of safety equipment is included. All students who successfully complete the shooting qualification and written testing will be awarded a completion certificate at the end of the course.

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