Safariland Training Courses

Available Course(s):

  • Safariland Expandable Baton Training Courses
  • Safariland Defensive Tactics Training Courses
  • Safariland Tactical Handcuffing


Pepper Spray

Available Course(s):

  •  Larry Smith Basic Pepper Spray (4 hours)


American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)

Available Course(s):

  • First Aid / CPR / AED (ADULT) (8 hours)

  • First Aid / CPR / AED (INFANT & CHILD) additional (4 hours)

  • Refresher First Aid and CPR (Adult and Child) (4 hours ea)​​

  • Oxygen Administration (2 hours)


REGISTER for class today! Online registration DOES NOT guarantee a class seat. A minimum deposit of 50% is required (Deposits are non-refundable). Please call (540) 322-3000.

There are many types of training available throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for private security professionals. Choosing the right school is as important as choosing the right company to work for. Where you take your training says a lot about you and your commitment and dedication to your profession. In some cases where you take your training can affect the advancement of your private security career.

CCJA sets the standard for private security training in Virginia. CCJA was founded to bridge the gap between academic institutions and real world security industry by providing relevant skills for aspiring security practitioners. We are committed to provide extensive, realistic, progressive, practical, responsive and industry relevant training and help you turn your skills and talent into a promising security career.

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Unarmed Security Officer/Alarm Respondent

An unarmed security officer/courier means any person who performs the functions of observation, detection, reporting, or notification of appropriate authorities or designated agents regarding persons or property on the premises that individual is contracted to protect, and who does not carry or have access to a firearm in the performance of their duties.

Required Course

Renewal Registration

Armed Security Officer

An armed security officer means a natural person employed to safeguard and protect persons and property or deter theft, loss, or concealment of any tangible or intangible personal property on the premises he is contracted to protect, and who carries or has access to a firearm in the performance of his duties.

Required Course

Renewal Registration

32E - Personal Protection Specialist

A personal protection specialist means any individual who engages in the duties of providing close protection from bodily harm to any person.

Required Course

6VAC20-171-390. Advanced handgun training - required for the entry-level personal protection specialist who wishes to have firearms endorsement and optional for other armed registrants.

Renewal Registration

06E - Special Conservator of the Peace

Required Course

Shotgun classroom training. Individual must first successfully complete entry-level or security officer handgun training. The entry-level shotgun classroom instruction will emphasize but not be limited to:

Renewal Registration

02E - Private Investigator

A private investigator means any individual who engages in the business of, or accepts employment to make, investigations to obtain information on crimes or civil wrongs; the location, disposition, or recovery of stolen property; the cause of accidents, fires, damages, or injuries to persons or to property; or evidence to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigative committee.

Required Course

Renewal Registration

13E & 14E - Instructor Courses

Required Course

The General Instructor Development Course is an intensive 40-hour course conducted over the course of five (5) days, with approximately 20 hours of additional after-hours work. It consists of five primary subject areas: the adult learner, the instructor role, lesson preparation, presentation and application. Candidates in this exercise should be self-disciplined, independent participants, able to work in groups of various sizes, complete thoroughly each assigned task in a timely manner and meet all course goals and objectives.

During this course, assignments are given on a daily basis and shall be completed as directed. Lesson plan topics will be assigned from the Regulations and Code of Virginia during the first day. The candidate’s primary objective is to research and develop their assigned topic for presentation, application and feedback as outlined during the course. And, as a tool of learning, teachback the assigned topic for a minimum of 15 minutes for evaluation. Throughout the course, each candidate will be evaluated on various performance goals.


  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Three years (3) of managerial or supervisory experience in a private security services business, a federal, state, or local law-enforcement agency, or in a related field
  • OR
  • Five years (5) experience in a private security services business, with a federal, state or local law-enforcement agency, or in a related field.
  • Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Entry-Level training provided by DCJS which, if already certified as a general instructor, makes an individual eligible to apply for certification as a Private Security Services Firearms Instructor.

This is a 40-hour training session conducted over 5 days. Student instructors will be required to fire both a semi-automatic and revolver and achieve a score of 255 points (85%) with each firearm. Students will also be required to fire a police style 12ga shotgun.

Student instructors will also be required to call the line of fire, and will be evaluated on their presence of mind, strict adherence to safety considerations, knowledge of the Security Handgun Course, and ability to command a firing line. In order to provide uniformity in this evaluation, a common set of range commands will be used. These range commands will be issued on the first day of class.

Two written tests will be given at the end of the course; an entry-level security officer firearms test, and a firearms instructor test. Student instructors must score a minimum of 85% on each of these tests.


  • Official documentation that the applicant has successful qualified, with a minimum range qualification of 85%, with each of the following:
    • A revolver
    • A semi-automatic handgun; and
    • A shotgun
    You can enroll in the course without first being certified as a general instructor. However, you cannot be certified as a firearms instructor without first being certified as a general instructor.

Renewal Course


  • Must have completed 13E


  • Must have completed 14E

Commonwealth Criminal

Justice Academy

(540) 322-3000 | DUNS #832518505 | Cage #5SCN0 | DCJS #88-1499