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Armed Security Officer
Continuing Education


  • If you had an armed private security officer license within the past 2 years, which expired on November 30th, 2022, you are required to complete ALL applicable continuing education hours described below and renew your security license.
  • If you had an unarmed or armed private security officer license issued within 1 year of the expiration year (on or after December 1st, 2023) it will not expire until the next even-numbered year (2026).

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Armed private security officers are required to complete a total of 48 hours of continuing education every two years.

This includes the 32 hours of “Core” and “Professional” continuing education that unarmed private security officers are required to complete, PLUS an additional 16 hours of firearm continuing education.

NOTE: Core and professional continuing education hours will NOT be counted as completing firearm continuing education hours

16 hours must be “Core” continuing education.
Core continuing education includes the following topics:

  • Company Operational Procedures Manual
  • Applicable State Laws and Rules
  • Legal Powers and Limitations of Private Security Officers
  • Observation and Reporting Techniques
  • Ethics
  • Management of Aggressive Behavior
  • Use of Force De-Escalation Techniques
  • Emergency Techniques
  • Basic Life Saving Course (CPR, AED, First Aid)

The other 16 hours may consist of “Core” or “Professional” continuing education.

Professional continuing education includes one or more of the following topics:

  • Executive Protection
  • Driving Techniques for the Security Professional
  • Basic Self-Defense Escort Techniques
  • Crowd Control
  • Access Control and the Use of Electronic Detection Devices
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
  • Use of Defensive Items and Objects
  • Homeland Security – Bomb Threat/Anti-Terrorism
  • Any Other Topic Relevant to the Education of Security Professionals
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Firearm Continuing Education

The 16 hours of firearm continuing education must be completed in 4-hour blocks every 6 months.

Firearm continuing education must include the following:

  • Live classroom instruction covering restrictions in the use of force, firearm safety on duty, firearm safety at home, and firearm safety on the range
  • A recertification course where the armed security officer obtains a minimum passing score of 80% using regular and low light conditions

The required 6-month reporting periods are December 1st to May 31st and June 1st to November 30th of each year. The current reporting periods are:

  • December 1st, 2022 to May 31st, 2023
  • June 1st, 2023 to November 30th, 2023
  • December 1st, 2023 to May 31st, 2024
  • June 1st, 2024 to November 30th, 2024

An armed security officer who fails to complete the required 4-hours of firearm continuing education within the appropriate 6 month period must complete one and one-half times the number of deficient hours for the reporting period.
4 x 1.5 = 6 hours. See more information below.

Penalty Hours


An armed private security officer failed to complete the required 4-hour firearm continuing education within the 6-month reporting period of December 1st, 2022 to May 31st, 2023.
The armed private security officer must now make up those missed hours and is required to complete 6 “penalty hours” PLUS complete the 4-hour firearm continuing education for the current 6-month period for a total of 10 hours. Below it shows the officer completing them between June 1st, 2023 to November 31st, 2023 but the “penalty hours” can be completed during any of the remaining reporting periods.

12/1/22 to 5/31/23
0 Hours

6/1/23 to 10/30/23
6 Hours + 4 Hours

12/1/23 to 5/31/24
4 Hours

6/1/24 to 10/30/24
4 Hours


Failure to complete ALL required continuing education before renewing an unarmed or armed private security officer license is a violation of Unlawful & Unprofessional Conduct, punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor.

58-1-501. Unlawful and unprofessional conduct.
(1) “Unlawful conduct” means conduct, by any person, that is defined as unlawful under this title and includes:
(e) obtaining a passing score on a licensure examination, applying for or obtaining a license, or otherwise dealing with the division or a licensing board through the use of fraud, forgery, or intentional deception, misrepresentation, misstatement, or omission;
(2) “Unprofessional conduct” means conduct, by a licensee or applicant, that is defined as unprofessional conduct under this title or under any rule adopted under this title and includes:
(h) practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession requiring licensure under this title by any form of action or communication which is false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent;

58-1-502. Unlawful and unprofessional conduct — Penalties.
(1) Unless otherwise specified in this title, a person who violates the unlawful conduct provisions defined in this title is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

This means if you lie and claim you have completed the required continuing education but HAVE NOT completed it, renewing your security license anyway, thinking that you will complete it before November 30th, you CANNOT do this. IT IS ILLEGAL!!

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