Community colleges, such as Monroe Community College, Manchester Community College, Seminole State College and Tunxis Community College, provide courses to train individuals as security guards as of 2015. Technical training institutes, such as government-operated workforce development centers, also offer non-credit courses.
Monroe Community College offers a 32-hour course in security guard training to meet licensing requirements for New York, which includes on-the-job training. Seminole State College provides a 40-hour certificate program for Floridian licensing that teaches basic safety guidelines and protocols. Tunxis Community College has a short 8-hour course to gain a basic level of knowledge on legal limitations for security guards and an overview of safety concerns and issues directly affecting those in the field. Manchester Community College trains security officers through a non-credit, one-day course to provide necessary instruction on criminal justice topics in addition to a broader credit-based degree program in criminal justice.
The type of educational program available depends upon state regulations. Not all states or companies require a formal education, as some companies provide experiential training or workshops to qualify as a security guard. Professional organizations also offer workshops that qualify for necessary licensing requirements in some states. Community colleges also teach continuing education or re-certification courses for security officer training.