Private Security Program
What are the responsibilities of a Private Security Professional?
Private security professionals provide security for people and facilities. Their duties may include making rounds to check doors and other access points, dealing with unruly people, denying entry to unauthorized personnel and monitoring closed-circuit security feeds to identify and address any threats or issues as they may arise.
Typically, private security professionals deal with issues related to trespassing, burglary, theft, or threats to their clients. The presence of private security officers is evident everywhere including apartment complexes and buildings, corporations, gated communities, retail stores, shopping malls, universities and even private residences.
How is this program unique?
Valencias Continuing Education division and the School of Public Safety have partnered to bring professional and leadership training to private security officers and managers, as well as homeland security specialists. This partnership is the first of its kind to provide standardized training and certifications to security professionals within the Central Florida community.
Our comprehensive 2-week training program provides students with valuable learning opportunities including the basics of the private security profession. In addition, specific skills and behaviors needed for todays private security officer are highlighted.
Can I balance working and starting a program in Private Security?
Our program is a perfect fit for students whom have a desire to begin a career in Private Security, but need a program that allows flexibility.
Our program currently offers 2 training options, one that meets Monday through Friday, over a period of two-weeks, as well as a night and weekend program that meets for 3 weeks. We understand the need for quality programming that allows students to continue earning a living wage while pursuing their Private Security certifications.
Will I receive assistance finding a position after program completion?
We have staff and community partners that will assist you in your job placement after program completion.
This 2-week training course will cover the following topics:
Perform Patrols: Detecting and Assessing Behaviors & Personal Safety of Self and Others
Dispatcher Resources: Use of Active Listening Skills Knowledge of Radio Codes, Write Reports, & Interviews of Involved Parties Documenting Witness Statements
Manage Operations: Manage Traffic and Crowd Control & Enforce Policies and Procedures
Respond to Critical Events: Knowledge of the Crisis, Management Plan, & Proper use of Protective Equipment
Conduct Investigations: Use of Effective Questioning & Properly Maintain Evidence
Provide Five-Star Customer Service: Understand Customers or Visitors Needs & Develop a Friendly and Approachable Demeanor
What is the job outlook for Private Security?
It is expected that over the next 5 years, private security companies will more than double in size leading to promising career opportunities such as Private Investigator, Loss Prevention, Campus Security Officer, and Private Security Supervisor.
The average wages for entry-level Private Security Professionals are $10-$12 per hour.
Must be 18 years of age
Proof of High School Diploma/GED Equivalent
Read, Write and Comprehend English
For Employment Purposes- Must Pass Background Check and Drug Test
Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to earn the following:
State of Florida Class D Security License
CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certification card