20-Hour Armed Security Officer Certificate


If you cancel 3 or fewer days before your class starts, you will be rescheduled based on range availability.

Course Description

The Armed Security Certificate program teaches  basic and advanced skills needed to perform optimally and excel in the field of armed security. This top-level security training class is taught by experienced AGB instructors at our state-of-the-art training center located at 7545 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. The certificate meets the training requirements necessary to apply for a 230 Firearms Certification through the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulations (IDFPR).

The class takes approximately 20 hours to complete and is taught over two consecutive Thursdays and Fridays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The lecture portion of the class will be held online. After registration, you will receive a link to the virtual class.

This course also includes an in-person session for range qualifications. You will need a gun for the range training. If you do not have one, please bring $20 to cover the rental fee.

Register now to secure your spot! Class size is limited because of social distancing guidelines at the range. Masks are required.


Candidates must be at least 21 years old to work as an armed security guard and complete 20 hours of UNARMED security guard training before taking this class.

Career Path

This course can provide entry-level workers in the security industry with the training to become an armed security officer.

Our Credentials & Service Area

The AGB Institute is certified as a provider of unarmed security training in a growing number of states across the country. Our trainers include former law enforcement officers, with experience at the federal level.  Our customized training goes beyond what is offered at the largest national and international firms.

Our School of Security training courses are offered in the following states, where AGB offers guard, vehicle patrol, and remote monitoring services.


New Jersey
New York

District of Columbia