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Do you enjoy meeting new people and have a desire to protect and serve? Do you have good judgment skills and the ability to keep cool in an emergency? A career as a security officer may be right for you!

The CT Security Officer Certification course is an eight-hour class taken over one to two days, covering topics including an introduction to private security, basic first aid, search and seizure, use of force and basic criminal justice. A written exam will be given during class and a score of at least 70% must be obtained to receive certification.

This course meets the State of CT Department of Public Safety requirements for the eight-hour security officer training class. Upon successful completion of this course and a passing exam score, you will be able to apply for a security officer identification card from the Special Licensing and Firearms unit of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety.

You should bring a picture ID such as a driver’s license or passport to class. Receipt of a Security Officer ID Card is also contingent on the payment of additional fees to the Department of Public Safety Special Licensing and Firearms Unit. Eligibility and additional information can be found on the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's website at

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • GED or high school diploma
  • A criminal background check may be required

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