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Wondering how to get a Guard Card?
Our founder Bruce Weiss explains the process.
Here’s how to become a certified security guard in New York.

Hi, I'm the founder of Guardian group services and we were one of the first security guard training schools in New York State to be approved to teach all the security guard classes online, and right now we do more online training than anybody else.

We use Zoom as a platform and you can do the class on any device: tablet, laptop, phone as long as it has a camera. And all of our instructors are experts in distance learning.

People ask us all the time, how do I get a security guard license? Well, in New York State the process is actually pretty simple and pretty fast. First, you have to take your 8 hour Pre assignment Training Class which we do online. After that, your fingerprints are taken for a background check and your application gets sent to Albany (NYS department of state division of licensing services) so they can finish processing your license.

Online security guard class
Once Albany (New York Division of Licensing Services) receives your application it usually takes them about 2 to 3 weeks to activate your ID (security guard registration card) and once it's active you can start working for most security guard companies.

After you are hired you will also have to get a 16-hour Certification, and you have 90 days from the time of employment to do that.

Here at Guardian group we have developed a state-of-the-art system that handle all of these steps remotely and electronically, so we can help anyone in New York state get a security guard license.

Right now security guards are more in demand than ever before. This is one of the fastest tracks to employment there is. Please check out our website and call our office if you have any questions.

We hope to see you soon - online of course. Thank you and stay safe!


Looking for a new career in security services or public safety? Guardian Group can help you get there faster. We're one of the most well-known and respected names in security, and our online guard card training course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to stand out from the competition.

With a proven track record of success, our candidates are in high demand by employers. So if you're looking for a new career that offers good pay and job security, look no further.

Classes are available online via Zoom. These live, interactive classes are taught by professional, highly qualified, security trainers. Our certified security trainers oversee official coursework approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

We offer convenient schedules and package deals, including fingerprint and application assistance.

After Completing the 8-hour pre assignment training, obtaining a security license and within 90 days of employment as a Security Guard, all guards must complete the 16 hour on-the-job training course.


Under NY State Laws, licensed Security Guards are required to complete the 8 Hour Annual In Service Training within 12 calendar months from completion of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course, and annually thereafter. This is required to keep their security guard registration card in good standing.

Learn more about our training:
Approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Taught by certified, experienced instructors
Industry-Renowned Training School for Security Guards in New York
All Security Courses are offered online, with interactive live classes
Passing a background check is required to complete the process and obtain a Security Guard Card Registration

These are the requirements to apply for a license and to become a Security Guard in NYC or NYS:

  • Complete and submit your security guard application and the required fee to the New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Submit evidence of Fingerprint completion
  • Have not been convicted of a serious criminal offense
  • Have a valid NYS photo driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • Complete the required Security Guard Training

Our Online Security Guard Training Program offers all courses for unarmed security guards only and does not provide training for armed security guard licenses. 

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