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New Jersey Security Guard Training Requirements
New Jersey Security Guard Training Requirements

For the state of New Jersey, registration with the Superintendent of the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety is required before one can be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of a security officer.

As per, the average annual salary of a Security Guard in New Jersey is 23,000.00 in the year 2014.

Since 2007, the SORA (Security Officer Registration Act) regulates the training program that a person needs to complete to work as a Security Guard or Security Officer in New Jersey.

Security Guard Training in New Jersey is offered by a number of licensed training schools.

The state accredited Security Guard training schools must have SORA certified instructors. These instructors require providing a minimum of a 24 hrs. course for their students. At the end of the course, the students must successfully pass the test.

Minimum Requirements for a Security Guard or Security Officer in New Jersey:

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • Not convicted of any disqualifying crimes or offenses verified through a background check using fingerprints 

Application Process for a Security Guard License in New Jersey: 

  1. Submit an application for registration as a security officer.
  2. The application shall include the applicant’s full name, date and place of birth, Social Security number, residence and telephone number and any other required information.
  3. Include a non-refundable application fee of $ 50.00 plus $25.00 as the surcharge fee
  4. Submit fingerprints and a written consent for a criminal history background check

You can start and submit your application through this website, which will allow you to get a 30 day temporary certificate. You must pay the above mentioned fees ($75.00) using a credit card when applying.

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Once you get the temporary certificate you will have 30 days to complete the process including the finger printing and taking your training class.

Considering the tight timeline, generally it is recommended that you schedule your training class first and then apply for your certificate with the New Jersey Superintendent of Police.

Once your application is accepted by the Superintendent of the state of New Jersey, you will have to take the mandated training program. You are not allowed to take the Security Guard job before this training is completed.

Finger Printing

Your finger printing will be done by the state licensed agency (Morpho Trust), their web site is Using this website, you will need to make an appointment in advance for your fingerprint. Payment of a separate fee is needed for fingerprinting and background investigation.

Prior to getting the appointment you must obtain the Universal Fingerprint Form from the agency/employer/organization requiring you to be fingerprinted.

This is very important because to submit the appointment request, you will need to enter the information from the top portion of your Universal Fingerprinting Form (IDG_NJAPP_110113), which the agency requiring you to be fingerprinted should have filled out for you.

Security Guard / Security Officer Training Class Details:

The following topics are required to be covered in the course:

  1. Homeland security and counter-terrorism
  2. Communications/emergency response
  3. Theft prevention
  4. Limits on the use of force
  5. Detention of suspects
  6. Ethics and professional conduct
  7. First aid/CPR/AED and other subject areas the Superintendent deems are necessary for public safety.

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