AVON PARK, Fla. – Oct. 3, 2016 – You can become eligible to work as an unarmed security guard by completing 40 hours of training at South Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Academy.

The Security Guard Certification Course will meet 6-10 p.m. every weekday from Tuesday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 21, at the Criminal Justice Academy, located on the Highlands Campus. This course meets the requirements for receiving a basic Class D security guard license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, which regulates the state’s private security industry. Instruction covers the basic principles of security, including patrol techniques, first aid, CPR, terrorism, and Florida statutes regarding security guards. Students who successfully complete the course may apply for their license through the Department of Agriculture.

Security guards with the Class D license have the primary responsibility of preventing crime in places such as businesses, schools, hospitals, and shopping centers. They deter crime by being seen in uniform and by observing, detecting, and reporting criminal acts to law enforcement.

Cost is $200 per person. Students must register before the class begins. To register, call 784-7405 and request CRN 11532.

For more information about the course, email Michael Huften, coordinator, Criminal Justice, or call 784-7285.