Security Guard FAQs

Do I need a high school diploma to register for this program?

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. Click here to see how DCC can assist you with your high school equivalent.

Do I need to have prior experience to register for this program?

No prior experience is needed to take the initial 8-Hour Pre-Assignment Training.

Are there any pre-admission or testing requirements?


How do I register for this program?

Registration can be done online or by contacting the Office of Community Services.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

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

How much time outside of class is required for reading and homework each week?

None, all course work done in class.

How important is attendance?

100% attendance is required.



What is the certifying agency?

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

What are the additional costs?

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

Is certification necessary to work in the industry?


Will there be additional training requirements after I am certified?

Yes, students will need to take the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course within 90 days of employment. Students 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.

Do you offer a clinical / externship?