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Those interested in a casino security career often pursue a training certificate or an associate's degree in criminal justice or law enforcement. Certificates are usually conferred in gaming or executive training and include courses in casino operations, gaming regulations, customer service, communications, management and security. Trainees work with supervisors to learn how to work camera equipment, monitor video screens and conduct surveillance while walking the casino floor. Some classes are offered both on-campus and online. These programs vary in length by institution. Associate's curricula, which can be completed in 2 years, involve criminal law and behavior, investigational procedures and criminology.
Certificate and associate's degree programs are normally offered by community and technical colleges, especially in areas where gambling is legal. At both levels, a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent is required for admission.
Casino surveillance professionals can network and stay abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in the field with annual conferences, seminars, online training programs and publications. Seminars are commonly available through private organizations that partner with colleges and universities; they address digital surveillance devices, internal fraud, monitoring slot machines and gaming table surveillance.
Both certificate and associate programs are available to those interested in the casino surveillance field. Continuing education helps those in the industry stay up to date through regular seminars.