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Becoming an Armed Security Guard

Armed security guards are among the most sought-after and highly paid people in the security industry. If you qualify, becoming an armed security guard can be a great career move, bringing both increased job security and a bigger paycheck. Liberty Security Training Institute offers the courses and assistance you'll need to take this step toward an even more rewarding career as a security guard.

Being an armed security guard can be a great part-time position or second career for current or retired police officers, court officers, correction officers and other law enforcement personnel as well as veterans and military reservists. Your prior training and qualifications can put you on the fast track to a highly rewarding career in security.

As an armed security guard, there are many additional job opportunities that can open up for you, including working as an armed chauffer, bodyguard or armed security guard in more sensitive locations, like banks and other financial institutions.

Requirements for Armed Security Guards

In order to become an armed security guard, you must first complete all of the requirements to be an unarmed security guard. That means that you must be at least 18 years of age, not have any serious criminal convictions on your record and either be a citizen of the United States or have a green card. Having met these requirements, you must have completed your 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Training Course, passed your fingerprint screening, applied for and received your Security Guard Registration Card. As with all security guards, you must also complete your 16 Hour In Service Training Course within 90 days of starting work as a security guard.

In addition to all of the requirements for unarmed security guards, armed security guards must possess a valid NYS pistol license and must complete a 47 hour firearms training course for security guards before they can apply for a special armed guard registration card.

Click HERE for the New York City handgun license application form and instructions

Armed Security Guard Training

Anyone who wants to become an armed security guard in New York State must have a valid NYS Pistol Permit and security guard registration before they will be allowed to enroll in an armed security guard training course.

Liberty Security Training Institute offers the 47 Hour Firearms Training Course for Security Guards which is required by New York State. When you have successfully completed this course, you must submit a copy of the certificate of completion with your application for an armed guard registration upgrade.

Keeping Your Armed Security Guard Status

Starting one year from the date of completion of the 47 hour firearms training course, holders of a Special Armed Guard Registration Card must complete an 8 Hour Annual In-service Training Course for Armed Security Guards every year thereafter. They are also required to complete the 8 Hour Annual In Service Training Course that all security guards are required to take in order to maintain their status as a Registered Security Guard. New York State issues your registration for two years, so, you have to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training course twice between your registration effective and expiration dates in order for your registration to be renewed.

When you take your armed security guard training with Liberty Security Training Institute:

  • You are taught by the best in the industry.
  • You have an easy commute to your training from anywhere in New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
  • We walk you through the training and registration process step by step.
  • You have easy access to additional training that can make you even more valuable as a security guard.
  • You benefit from our excellent advice on how to prepare for your future job interview
  • You can take advantage of discounted package pricing when you take more than one course with us within the same year.
  • We remind our students when it's time to take their annual in-service training to minimize the risk of your registration lapsing because you forgot to sign up.
  • And even though popular wisdom says there's no such thing as a free lunch, we include your lunch on all the days of your training, at no extra cost.

Let Liberty Security Training Institute get you started on your way to an exciting and rewarding new career in security.

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