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NYC Security Guard Training Program Overview with Course Info

The NYC area has one college that offers security guard training. Get some information about the courses and degree programs and some quick facts for this school to make an informed education decision.

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Security Guard Training Programs in NYC

In 1992, the state of New York passed the Security Guard Act, making training courses for security guards mandatory. Though many schools in NYC have programs in homeland security, law enforcement and similar areas, only a few offer studies focusing primarily on security guard training. Get an overview of the largest college in NYC offering such training, the types of programs and curricula details. Learn more information about this school in the table at the bottom of this article.

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers various types of security guard training programs, ranging from individual courses and seminars to a 4-year degree program. The school is located just 4 miles from downtown NYC.

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School Facts: At a Glance

When deciding on a program, you should consider all factors to determine if the school is a good fit for you. Read below to get an idea of this school's student population, campus setting, retention and graduation rates, tuition and financial aid statistics.

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
School Type 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 15,045*
Campus Setting Large city
Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016) $6,810 (in state)
$13,920 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2015) 37%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014) 79%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started in 2008) 39%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Founded in 1965, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides several undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology, public administration and security management. The Certified New York State Security Guard Training Program is offered through the school's Criminal Justice Center. Students can also choose to pursue bachelor's degrees in security management.

Security Guard Pre-Assignment Training Course

Taught by certified instructors from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, this 8-hour course serves as an introduction to the duties and roles of security guards. The course covers the scope and limits of a security guard's legal authority, the handling of emergencies, communications and security guard ethics.

Comprehensive Security Guard Training Program

As mandated by the Security Guard Act of 1992, a security guard must attend a 16-hour in-service training program within 90 days of starting a security job. In addition to topics from the pre-certification course, students also learn how to write detailed security guard reports. This program can be tailored to address the operations of specific companies or organizations.

An annual 8-hour in-service training course, another requirement of the Security Guard Act, is also offered at the Security Management Institute. This course provides a yearly review of the material covered in the pre-certification and 16-hour in-service training courses.

Bachelor of Science in Security Management

This 4-year program can be beneficial for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the security field, although it is not a requirement for becoming a security guard. It may also be a requirement for employments seeking advancement. Courses include security methods, emergency planning, computer security, safety engineering, corporate crime and criminology. A seminar addressing security problems is also included.

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