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NYS Security Guard License Requirements

Croker Fire & Life Safety Institute is a New York State certified Security Guard training school.


To apply for Security Guard registration in New York, candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have passed a New York State Department of Justice background check;
  • Be a citizen of the United States; have a resident alien card (a green card), or have a work authorization card;

If you meet all of these requirements, the next step is to register for the 8-Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course


In order to receive your security guard certification, candidates must complete two (2) training courses.

  • Before applying to the Department of State for a Security Guard Registration Card, candidates must take an 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course. The pre-assignment training course covers important information that everyone working as a security officer must know.
  • Once you have secured a position as a security guard, you must complete a 16 Hour On-the-Job Training (OJT) Course for Security Officers within 90 days. This class covers the duties of a security officer and procedures relevant to a work site.

The initial 8-hour and 16-hour courses only have to be taken once, but you are required to take an 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course for Security Officers every year that you work as a security guard.

Croker provides special attention to each individual in assisting and guiding you every step of the way.


New York State / Third-Party Fees:

  • Application Fee to apply for a Security Guard Registration Card: $36.00
  • Electronic Fingerprinting Fee (Paid to IdentoGo): $99.00

Note: New York State requires these fees.  They are separate from the cost of your Croker security guard training courses.




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If you would like Croker to provide your team with a private class or instruct them in a particular area in order to obtain an FDNY Certificate of Fitness not listed, please contact our office for more information.

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