What Does it Take to be a Security Officer?

Below is a chart of the courses you need to take to qualify to be certified as an unarmed or armed security professional in the Commonwealth of Virgnia. For more information regarding courses, visit our course descriptions page, or our training FAQs page.

DCJS Entry Level Courses
Unarmed Core Subjects
O1E
Arrest Authority
O5E
Entry-Level Firearms
75E
Unarmed Security
Armed Security
DCJS Requalification Courses
Unarmed Requalification
O1I
Firearms Requalification
O7R
Unarmed Security
Armed Security
Specialty Requalification Courses
DCJS Certification

First Aid, CPR, & AED

Firearm Qualification

Recertification Required Required Required
Timeframe Every 12 months Every 24 months Every 12 months
For Whom All security officers All security officers All armed security officers
Expandable Baton

Handcuffing

Chemical Spray

Recertification Required Required Required
Timeframe Every 36 months Every 36 months Every 36 months
For Whom All armed security officers and site-specific qualifications All armed security officers and site-specific qualifications All armed security officers and site-specific qualifications