You must renewal your armed security guard registration before August 31 of each odd-numbered year. You also need to complete 8 hours of continuing education credits for your registration to be renewed.
Type of Security Guard License Renewal Required & Issuing Authority
- Security Guard License Type: Employee Registration Card
- Security Guard License Length: Expires on August 31 of each odd-numbered year
- Security Guard Licensing Authority and Website: Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies
- Security Guard Licensing Phone Number: 478.207.2440
- Security Guard Licensing Address:
Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies
237 Coliseum Dr
Macon, GA 31217
Security Guard Renewal Application & License Fees
Your employer must renew your registration online and pay the renewal registration fees.
- Armed Security Guard Registration Renewal Fee: $ 65.00
- Late Renewal Fee: $ 80.00 (after September 30th of odd-numbered years)
Security Guard Continuing Education Training Requirements & Fees
As a registered armed security officer in Georgia, you must complete 8 hours of continuing education each time your registration is renewed.
If you obtain your first security officer registration employees within the second year of the renewal cycle (after September 1 of the even-numbered year), you don’t have to
obtain security guard continuing education hours for the first renewal of your registration.
Your employer sends in copies of your continuing education certificate to the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies.
Your 8 hours of security officer training must include:
- 2 hours in Homeland Security, to include, but not limited to, indicators of terrorism and cooperation with Homeland Security agencies
- 2 hours in Firearms-related training
- 4 hours in industry-related training
Acceptable Security Officer Continuing Education Providers
You don’t have to get pre-approval of specific training programs. An acceptable Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) is defined as any individual, organization, institution, association, firm, or other entity that provides ongoing training services to the private detective or security profession that directly relates to the scope of practice. This training must be facilitated or provided by an instructor licensed by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies.
You can get your continuing education credits with instruction provided by legitimate private detective and/or security associations. This includes, but is not limited to, state and national associations that are properly incorporated and in good standing with the appropriate incorporating body.
Your employer may develop continuing education courses to provide training solely for their own registered employees.
Institutions, Individuals and Firms
Institution, individuals and firms that provide security officer continuing education training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in Rule 509-3-.12 (4).
Distance and Online Learning
You can take your security officer registration renewal classes through distance learning, such as online Internet-based training and correspondence courses. Institutions that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in Rule 509-3-.12 (4).
Requirements of Approved Continuing Education Providers Rule 509-3-.12 (4)
An ACEP must meet the following requirements:
- Mandatory attendance sheet or roster to be signed or initialed by the participant. Electronic signatures are acceptable for distance learning purposes.
- A written agenda, course outline, or syllabus must be developed that covers the subject matter presented.
- A certificate must be presented to each participant upon successful completion of the training. The certificate must contain, but is not limited to, the name of the participant,
course topic, number of continuing education hours achieved, name and signature of provider or facilitator, and date(s) of training.
- Training offered by instructors who are not licensed by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies, including POST certified instructors and subject-matter experts, must be provided under the direction of an instructor licensed by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies.
Security Guard Training Records
It is the sole responsibility of you and your employer to provide proof to the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies proof of completion of the required continuing education hours. Security guard training providers must retain records of training for a minimum of 5 years. The Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies reserves the right to conduct an audit of registered security guard records to determine compliance with continuing education requirements.