Private Security Certificate


Take the Next Step Toward a career as a private security officer

Are you ready to work in one of the fastest growing fields of safety and security? Becoming a private security office may be perfect for you.  Security officers work to protect people and property and also deal with emergencies. You don’t need a degree to start working in the private security field, but a good general education will be helpful. You will need a Class D license from the Florida Department of  Agriculture and Consumer Services  to work in the State of Florida.  A security officer needs to be mature and responsible. It will also help if you are a polite and helpful person.

Getting a Private Security Officer Certification is an important way to fast-track your career. The Florida Research and Economic Information Database Application projects a 20.1 percent increase in the private security officer field between 2015 and 2023


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Contact the Advisor

Greg May
Division of Public Safety /Criminal Justice Training Academy
North Bay Campus
Public Safety/EOC Building, Room 117
Southport, Florida 32409


Who is eligible for private security program?

According to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, you must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  You must be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States or have been granted authority to work in this country by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). You must also provide a current resident address; a P.O. Box is not considered a residence.


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the private security officer Certificate program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Courses CH
SCY0501, Unarmed Security Guard 1.5v
SCY0503C, Armed Security Guard 1.0v



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Department Chair

Gregory S. May
850-769-1551 extension 5601