How to Become a Licensed Security Guard Trainer in Arizona

In order to teach the security guards in the State of Arizona, the instructor must be licensed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). There are five (5) courses requiring two (2) licenses.

Unarmed Courses (security guard training instructor license):

  • 8-hours Unarmed Pre-assignment Class
  • 8-hours Unarmed Refresher Class

Armed Courses (firearms-safety instructor license):

  • 16-hours Armed Security Guard Class
  • 8-hours Shotgun Class
  • 8-hours Armed Security Guard Refresher Class

Unarmed trainers are the only individuals who are authorized to sign as the unarmed trainer on Security Guard Unarmed Training Verification Forms.

Firearm-Safety Instructors are the only individuals who are authorized to sign as the Firearm-Safety Instructor on Security Guard Armed Training Verification Forms.

Minimum Trainer Qualifications

Unarmed Trainer

As of late 2017, a license is now required to teach the unarmed courses. More information is below.

Security Guard Trainers

Arizona Administrative Code, Title 13. Public Safety, Chapter 6. Department of Public Safety Security Guards, Article 7. Firearms-Safety Training Instructors.

R13-6-701. Qualifications of a Firearms-safety Instructor

Only an individual who meets the following qualifications is eligible to be certified by the Department under A.R.S. &sec;32-2632 as a firearms-safety instructor:

  1. Is a resident of this state or a U.S. citizen;
  2. Is at least 21 years old;
  3. Is not under indictment for and has not been convicted in any jurisdiction of a felony;
  4. Does not suffer from mental illness and has not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;
  5. Is not unlawfully present in the United States;
  6. Is not a prohibited possessor; and
  7. Possesses current evidence of completing one of the following firearms-safety training instructor programs:
    1. Arizona Basic Police Firearms Instructor training provided by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board;
    2. Police Firearms Instructor Development School provided by the National Rifle Association;
    3. Law Enforcement Security Firearms Instructor Development School provided by the National Rifle Association;
    4. Training provided by the National Rifle Association that results in rating as one of the following:
    5. Pistol Instructor and Personal Protection
      1. Pistol Instructor and Personal Protection Instructor,
      2. Law Enforcement Tactical Handgun Instructor, or
    6. Firearms Instructor Training Program provided by a federal law enforcement agency.

Arizona Revised Statute, Title 32 - Professions and Occupations, Chapter 26. Security Guards, Article 3.

32-2625. Qualifications of applicant for security guard training instructor or firearms safety training instructor registration certificate

  1. A. An applicant for a security guard training instructor or firearms safety training instructor registration certificate issued pursuant to this article shall:
    1. Be at least eighteen years of age.
    2. Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States who is authorized to seek employment in the United States.
    3. Not have been convicted of any felony or currently be under indictment for a felony.
    4. Within the five years immediately preceding the application for a security guard training instructor or firearms safety training instructor registration certificate, not have been convicted of any misdemeanor act involving:
      1. Personal violence or force against another person or threatening to commit any act of personal violence or force against another person.
      2. Misconduct involving a deadly weapon as prescribed in section 13-3102.
      3. Dishonesty or fraud.
      4. Arson.
      5. Theft.
      6. Domestic violence.
      7. A violation of title 13, chapter 34 or 34.1 or an offense that has the same elements as an offense listed in title 13, chapter 34 or 34.1.
      8. Sexual misconduct.
    5. Not be on parole, on community supervision, on work furlough, on home arrest, on release on any other basis or named in an outstanding arrest warrant.
    6. Not be serving a term of probation pursuant to a conviction for any act of personal violence or domestic violence, as defined in section 13-3601, or an offense that has the same elements as an offense listed in section 13-3601.
    7. Not be any of the following:
      1. Adjudicated mentally incompetent.
      2. Found to constitute a danger to self or others pursuant to section 36-540.
      3. Found incompetent pursuant to rule 11, Arizona rules of criminal procedure.
      4. Found guilty except insane.
    8. Not have a disability as defined in section 41-1461, unless that person is a qualified individual with a disability as defined in section 41-1461.
    9. Not have been convicted of acting or attempting to act as an associate, a security guard, an armed security guard, a security guard training instructor or a firearms safety training instructor without a license if a license was required.
    10. Not be a registered sex offender.
    11. In addition to meeting the requirements listed in subsection A of this section, an applicant for a firearms safety training instructor registration certificate that is issued pursuant to this article shall:
      1. Successfully complete all background screening and training requirements.
      2. Not be a prohibited possessor as defined in section 13-3101 or as described in 18 United States Code section 922.
      3. Not have been discharged from the armed services of the United States under other than honorable conditions.
      4. Not have been convicted of any crime involving domestic violence as defined in section 13-3601.

Security Guard Firearms-Safety Instructor Application

Individuals desiring to become Arizona Security Guard Firearms-Safety Instructors must submit:

  • A completed application
  • A copy of the required firearms instructor credentials (see above)
  • A properly completed fingerprint card with classifiable fingerprints
  • A photocopy of a government-issued identification card (driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • The application fee of $50

Instructor Application Forms

Security Guard General Instructor Application (revised 11/14/2017)

Security Guard Firearms Instructor Application (revised 11/14/2017)

Other Security Guard Forms

Instructor License Revewals

The Instructor Licenses are valid for two (2) years at which time they must be renewed.

Security Guard Firearms-Safety Instructor Renewal Application

Individuals desiring to renew the Arizona Security Guard Firearms-Safety Instructor License must submit:

  • A completed application
  • A properly completed fingerprint card with classifiable fingerprints
  • A copy of the required firearms instructor credentials (see above)
  • A photocopy of a government-issued identification card (driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • The renewal fee of $50

Security Guard Unarmed Instructor Renewal Application

Individuals desiring to renew the Arizona Security Guard Firearms-Safety Instructor License must submit:

  • A completed application
  • A properly completed fingerprint card with classifiable fingerprints
  • A photocopy of a government-issued identification card (driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • The renewal fee of $50

Licensing Training Materials

Trainers and facilities are not required to write their own programs. It is possible to license DPS-approved training materials from other, approved training providers. Costs and fees vary depending upon the provider.

Arizona DPS-approved training materials can be licensed from here: http://az.GuardCardTraining.com/

In addition to using approved training materials, the security guard agency must complete, have notarized and submit a "Security Guard Training Program" form.

Disclaimer

Security Training Center,® LLC. is not a government department or organization. The information and links on this page is provided as a courtesy to individuals looking to become security guard trainers in the State of Hawaii and/or license training materials. Although great pains have been taken to collect the information provided here, Security Training Center,® LLC. does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

All questions regarding trainer licensure and applications should be directed to the Department of Public Safety (DPS):

Arizona Department of Public Safety
(602) 223-2361
https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/licensing/