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Security Guard Certification

Step Up to a Career in Security

The need to protect citizens, businesses and property is greater than ever. Our security training certification programs will prepare you for many positions including doorman, bodyguard, armored car guard, security guard, security officer and more.


hours of pre-assignment training to get you started


hour on-the-job training course required after you start work


prior experience is needed to register for this program

What You'll Study in Our Security Guard Certification Programs

We offer three different NY state-approved programs depending on whether you are new to the industry, looking to recertify or keep your certification active. 

Our students are diverse and include retired executives, teachers and law enforcement as well as those looking to start a career in security, as there are many opportunities for advancement and promotion.

Sample Courses

8 Hour Pre Assignment 
This is a NYS required course and the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card from the New York State Department of State.

16 Hour On-the-Job Training
Must  be completed within 90 days of employment as a security guard. Provides detailed information on the duties and responsibilities of a security guard.

8 Hour Annual In-Service
Must be completed within 12 calendar months from completion of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training course for Security Guards, and annually thereafter.


Common Questions About Security Guard Certification

Although it's not necessary to possess a high school diploma or equivalent to register for this program, it's recommended that you do complete a high school course of study prior to enrolling, as it’s likely to be required by potential employers. See how DCC can assist you with your high school equivalent.

Registration can be done online or by contacting the Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

100% attendance is required.

None, all course work is done in class.

No. However, funding might be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR.


NYS Division of Criminal Justice certifies the training. NYS Department of State issues the license after background check is completed successfully.

Separate from the college tuition, students should expect to spend approximately $230 for the fingerprints and background check required by NYS. 


Yes, you’ll need to take the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course within 90 days of employment. You will also need to take the 8-Hour Annual In-Service Training class to be completed within 12 calendar months of the 16 Hour course. Both programs are also available at DCC.


Please contact the Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at (845) 431-8900.

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Contact Us

Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education

222/223 Bowne Hall
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8900

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601