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Private Security Officer

Private Security Officer

The IRSC Criminal Justice Institute is a licensed site for Security Officer Career Training. The school’s cadre of instructors includes experienced nuclear plant security officers as well as active and retired law enforcement officers. The Institute offers several Private Security Officer “Class "D” courses each year.

Once You Complete the Program

Upon successful completion of the 40-hour training course, students can obtain the Class "D” Security Officer License through the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and may find work as a bodyguard, property security officer, or armored car security officer.

Getting Started

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States, or have been granted authority to work in this country.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Brenda Rante
Director of School of Continuing Education

Admission Requirements

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, licenses and regulates the private security industry in accordance with Chapter 493, Florida Statutes. The private security industry is regulated to ensure the interests of the public are adequately served and protected.

Find out when and where the classes will be held.    View the Security Officer Training Class Schedule.

Per Section 493.306(5) Florida Statutes, applicants for the Class “D” Security Officer License are
required to complete 40 clock hours of security officer training from an approved training facility. There are no provisions for make-up work – DO NOT register for this course unless you can complete all 40-hours of training.

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States, or have been granted authority to work in this country. Have no disqualifying criminal history. Be of good moral character. Have no disqualifying history of mental illness or alcohol or substance abuse.

First Step is to Apply to IRSC.

Register and Pay online or at any Indian River State College campus before the first day of class. You can register by telephone at (772) 462-4772 if your student status is current with no holds.

Tuition is $107.40 for Florida residents (includes $5 lab fee).

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United State or have been granted authority to work in this country by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The Department will deny your application if you:

  1. Have been convicted of a felony in any state or of a crime against the United States, which is designated as a felony, or convicted of an offense in any other state, territory, or country punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, unless and until Civil Rights have been restored and a period of 10 years have passed since final release from supervision [s.493.6118 (4), F.S.].
  2. Are currently serving a suspended sentence on a felony charge or on probation for a delay charge [s.493.6118(4), F. S.].

The Department may deny your application if you:

  1. Have a history of being arrested for crimes of violence and/or found guilty of (or had adjudication withheld for) directly related crimes. This includes, but is not limited to: Trespassing, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Robbery, Forgery, Criminal Mischief or Theft, Assault, Battery, Stalking, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Battery, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Murder, Aggravated Stalking, Resisting an Officer with Violence [Section 493.6118(1)(c), Section 493.6118(1)(j), Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
  2. Have demonstrated a lack of respect for the laws of this state and the nation [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
  3. Have an outstanding bench warrant or capias [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
  4. Are currently in a Pre-Trial Intervention or Deferred Prosecution Program [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].

Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex

The Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College (IRSC) is one of the most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety training facilities in the nation. The 50-acre, eight-building Complex has gained national and international attention for its proactive approach to disaster prevention, response, recovery and relief. The Complex enables IRSC to combine criminal justice, fire science, emergency management, public administration, paralegal and human services education in one place for a coordinated response to all types of emergencies. This innovation in public service education provides students with access to quality instruction, integrating academics, technology and practical applications that lead to degrees and certifications in the public service sector.

At a local level, the proximity of the Complex to public safety agencies helps Treasure Coast communities save money on continuing education and enables them to easily work together to fine tune interagency response to hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. At a national level, specialized training and workshops attract thousands of public service professionals from around the nation. IRSC has hosted federal agencies for training to prepare for large-scale events.

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