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

The entry level curriculum for unarmed security officer, armed security officer/courier, security canine handler, and alarm respondent sets forth the following areas identified as:

  • Orientation
    • Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services
    • Code of Ethics
    • General Duties and Responsibilities
    • Signs of Terrorism
  • Law
  • Security Patrol, Access Control, and Communications
  • Documentation
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Confrontation Management
  • Use of force
  • Written comprehensive examination

Renewal Registration

  • Legal Authority - 2 hours
  • Job-Related Training - 2 hours


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

The entry level curriculum for unarmed security officer, armed security officer/courier, security canine handler, and alarm respondent sets forth the following areas identified as:

  • Orientation
    • Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services
    • Code of Ethics
    • General Duties and Responsibilities
    • Signs of Terrorism
  • Law
  • Security Patrol, Access Control, and Communications
  • Documentation
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Confrontation Management
  • Use of force
  • Written comprehensive examination
  • Arrest Powers
  • Policies
  • Procedures

The entry-level handgun classroom training will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Practical handgun handling
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Dim light/low light/reduced light practice and familiarization
  • Use of force
  • Liability
  • Judgmental shooting: judgmental shooting scenarios will be conducted in the classroom/range
  • Liability

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:

  • Shotgun handgun handling
  • Fundamentals Shotgun of marksmanship
  • Written Examination

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

  • Rifle handling techniques
    • Nomenclature/identification of rifle parts
    • Field striping and reassembling
    • Loading and unloading
    • Chambering
    • Reloading
    • Slings
      • Traditional sling
      • Single point sling
      • 3 Point sling
    • Transition from handgun to rifle/rifle to handgun
    • Malfunctions
    • Immediate actions procedures
    • Remedial action
    • Proper care and maintenance
    • Rifle retention
    • Ammunition management and identification
    • Range safety
    • Dim light/low light
  • Fundamentals of rifle marksmanship
    • Grip
    • Stance (position)
    • Sight alignment
    • Sight picture
    • Trigger control
    • Breathing
    • Follow through
  • Zeroing iron sights
    • Establishing mechanical zero
    • Zeroing process
  • Dim light shooting
    • Hours of darkness/dim light
    • Identification requirements
    • Unaided reduced light shooting techniques
    • Aided reduced light shooting techniques
  • Shooting positions
    • Fundamentals of shooting positions
    • Basic patrol positions
  • Use of force
  • Criminal and civil liability
  • Written examination

Renewal Registration

  • Legal Authority - 2 hours
  • Job-Related Training - 2 hours
  • 07R - Classroom Retraining or Practical Exercises - 4 hours
  • 08R - Classroom Retraining or Practical Exercises - 3 hours
  • Classroom Retraining or Practical Exercises


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

  • Administration and personal protection orientation
    • Signs of Terrorism
  • Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and DCJS regulations
  • Assessment of threat and protect vulnerability
  • Legal authority and civil law
  • Protective detail operations
  • Emergency procedures
    • CPR
    • Emergency First Aid
    • Defensive Preparedness
  • Performance evaluation - Five practical exercises
  • Written comprehensive examination

The entry-level handgun classroom training will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Practical handgun handling
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Dim light/low light/reduced light practice and familiarization
  • Use of force
  • Liability
  • Judgmental shooting: judgmental shooting scenarios will be conducted in the classroom/range
  • Lead exposure
  • Written Examination

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.

  • The entry level handgun training is a prerequisite for taking the advanced handgun training.
  • Advanced handgun classroom training.
  • The advanced handgun training will include but not be limited to:
    • Firearms safety
    • Civil and criminal liability
    • Concealed carry law and authority
    • Function of firearms in close protection operations
    • Deployment of firearms in close protection operations
    • Use of force
    • Principles of advanced marksmanship
    • Decision-making for the personal protection specialist

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

  • Rifle handling techniques
    • Nomenclature/identification of rifle parts
    • Field striping and reassembling
    • Loading and unloading
    • Chambering
    • Reloading
    • Slings
      • Traditional sling
      • Single point sling
      • 3 Point sling
    • Transition from handgun to rifle/rifle to handgun
    • Malfunctions
    • Immediate actions procedures
    • Remedial action
    • Proper care and maintenance
    • Rifle retention
    • Ammunition management and identification
    • Range safety
    • Dim light/low light
  • Fundamentals of rifle marksmanship
    • Grip
    • Stance (position)
    • Sight alignment
    • Sight picture
    • Trigger control
    • Breathing
    • Follow through
  • Zeroing iron sights
    • Establishing mechanical zero
    • Zeroing process
  • Dim light shooting
    • Hours of darkness/dim light
    • Identification requirements
    • Unaided reduced light shooting techniques
    • Aided reduced light shooting techniques
  • Shooting positions
    • Fundamentals of shooting positions
    • Basic patrol positions
  • Use of force
  • Criminal and civil liability
  • Written examination

Renewal Registration

  • Job-Related Training - 8 hours
  • Legal Authority and Decision-Making - 4 hours
  • Handgun Safety, Marksmanship, and Skill Development - 4 hours
  • Classroom Retraining or Practical Exercises


06E - Special Conservator of the Peace

Required Course

  • Orientation - 2 hours
    • Virginia Law and Regulations Regarding Special Conservator of the Peace
    • Code of Ethics
  • Legal Procedures/Due Process, Civil Law, Criminal Law & Constitutional Law - 8 hours
    • Law
    • Legal Procedures and Due Process
    • Civil Law
    • Criminal Law
  • Basic Law - 4 hours
  • Laws Regarding the Use of Force/Liability Issues - 4 hours
  • Obtaining an Arrest Warrant/Virginia Uniform Summons - 4 hours
  • Rules of Evidence - 1 hour
  • Court Room Testimony - 1 hour

The entry-level handgun classroom training will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Practical handgun handling
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Dim light/low light/reduced light practice and familiarization
  • Use of force
  • Liability
  • Judgmental shooting: judgmental shooting scenarios will be conducted in the classroom/range
  • Lead exposure
  • Written Examination

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:

  • Shotgun handgun handling
  • Fundamentals Shotgun of marksmanship
  • Written Examination

Renewal Registration

  • Legal Authority - 4 hours
  • Job-Related Training - 4 hours
  • Classroom Retraining or Practical Exercises - 4 hours
  • Classroom Retraining or Practical Exercises - 3 hours


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

  • Orientation
  • Law - one practical exercise
  • General investigative skills - one practical exercise
  • Documentation - one practical exercise
  • Types of investigations - one practical exercise
  • Written comprehensive examination

Renewal Registration

  • Job-Related Training - 8 hours


13E/I & 14E/I - 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.

Pre-Requisites

  • 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.


Pre-Requisites

  • 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

Pre-Requisite

  • Must have completed 13E

Course Outline

  • Regulations Review and Legal Issues
  • Ethical Standards
  • Records Requirements and Other Related Topics
  • Techniques of Instruction Delivery, Including Practical Exercises

This course is a four (4) hour training session provided by DCJS required for current firearms instructors and focuses on Regulation updates and instruction techniques.

Required to be completed within 24 months of the last completed training and within 12 months prior to the expiration date of an individual’s certification.


Pre-Requisite

  • Must have completed 14I

Course Outline

  • Legal Issues
  • Techniques of Delivery of Instruction and Other Related Topics

Safariland Training Courses

Available Course(s):

  • MEB Basic Course (4 hours)
  • MEB Advanced Course (8 hours)
  • MEB Instructor Course
  • PR24 Basic Course (4 hours)
  • PR24 Advanced Course (8 hours)
  • MDTS Defensive Tactics & Handcuffing (8 hours)
  • MDTS Instructor Course
  • Tactical Handcuffing (4 hours)

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Pepper Spray

Available Course(s):

  • Basic Course (4 hours)
  • MEB Basic & 'OCAT' Pepper Spray (8 hours)

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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)​​

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