Security Guard

Job Description

Security guards are employed by airports, hospitals, shopping malls, recreation and entertainment facilities, office buildings, business complexes, and many other sites. A security guard protects people and property against assault, theft, vandalism, terrorism, fire, and other threats. They ensure safety by actively patrolling premises; monitoring security and surveillance systems; using communication devices; inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points; and sounding alarms to obtain further help. Security guards may be armed or unarmed, depending upon the type of job. The training required also depends upon specific company policies and State laws.

Employment Outlook

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) the 2016 average hourly wage for Security Guards was $14.66 per hour.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must be at least 18 years of age; a postsecondary degree or certificate is sometimes required by some employers. The State of Connecticut requires that security officers complete a certification course, taught by a State-certified instructor, followed by registration with the State. The MCC course satisfies this State requirement and instructs students on how to complete the State registration process.

Program Description

Have you ever thought about becoming a security officer? Connecticut requires security officers to complete this 8-hour certification course, taught by a State-certified instructor. Topics include basic first aid, search and seizure, use of force, basic criminal justice, and public safety issues. The course finishes with a one-hour examination that students must complete with a passing score of 70 or better. Successful candidates will be given in-class instructions on how to apply and pay for their Security Officer Identification cards. CT law states that no person shall be approved for a license who has been convicted of a felony, any sexual offense, or any crime involving honesty or integrity. To be employed as a Security Officer you must be at least 18 years of age.

Please note: Students will be required to submit two sets of fingerprints, two photographs, and a Security Officer application, in addition to the course completion card, when they submit their State application after the course.

Time Commitment

This course comprises eight hours of instruction. The course is offered in a single session on a weekday or Saturday or may be offered in two or three sessions in the evening.

Fees and Payment Information

Course Fee: $125
5-year ID Card: $100
CT Background Check: $50
Federal Background Check: $12
Fingerprinting Fee: $15

Course fee is due in full at the time of registration.

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More Information

For more information about the Security Guard Certification, please view our Credit-Free Catalog.

Manchester Community College
Credit-Free Programs, Continuing Education
Stephen Campiglio
Program Coordinator, Personal & Professional Development and Community Programs
860-512-2824
Email:  scampiglio@manchestercc.edu