Fidelity Investigative Training Academy

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 Unarmed Security Officer Training Courses

 How Do I Become A Security Officer?

 

Frequently Asked Questions...

                 About Becoming A Security Officer

 

Q: What are the steps I need to follow to become a Security Officer?

A: Here is the process, in order, step-by-step.

1. The first thing you need to do, is take the 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course. This course begins every Monday at 9:30 am - Come on Monday morning at 9:15 am, with $ 75.00 cash or money order, and begin class on the same day. The cost of the course and study guide is $ 75.00. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a "Certificate of Course Completion", and a State of Illinois approved document certifying that you have taken the course, that you need to make a copy of. In addition, we provide our graduates with an application for a "Permanent Employee Registration Card" (also called a PERC or blue card).

2. Once you complete the 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course, you then need to undergo a "live fingerprint scan". A company called "Biometric Impressions, Inc. " comes to the academy every Wednesday to provide the live scan fingerprinting services to our 20 Hour Basic Course graduates. The cost is $ 55.00.

3.  Once you have completed the live scan fingerprint process, the technician will give you a numbered receipt. You need to keep this, and make a copy. The initial fingerprint scan results (clear/not clear) will be available within  a matter of days after the scan, online on the State of Illinois website.

4. Complete the Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) application, enclosing a color photograph, a copy of your course certificate, the copy of the live scan fingerprint receipt, and a check or money order for $ 55.00 made out to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and mail to the address in Springfield, IL.

5. Once your completed PERC application is in the mail (keep a copy for yourself), and your fingerprints have cleared (usually in 48 hours) you may begin working as an unarmed security officer.

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Q: I want to be an Armed Security Guard. Do I still need to the 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course?

A: Yes, you do. All contract security officers must first take and successfully complete, the 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course, and then, if they wish to work as an armed security officer, they can later take the 20 Hour Armed Security Course. If a student wishes, they can take both the 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course and the 20 Hour Armed Security Course in the same week, and get all required training completed.

 

Q: Okay, When do you hold the 20 Hour Basic Course?

A: This course is held every week, from Monday through Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday, class is from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Wednesday 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Students must complete all three days of training, and pass a written examination in order to be certified.

 

Q:  Can I start working after I complete the course?

A: Once you successfully complete the course, obtain your live fingerprint scan, and send in your completed application and fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, you may immediately begin working for a licensed Security Agency, as long as your fingerprints clear.

 

Q: How do I register for the 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course?

A: Click on the link at the top of the page that says "Register Here For Class!" This will take you to the registration page. Select the course and dates you want to take, "20 Hour Basic Course" and follow the instructions to register online. If you do not have the funds now, you can show up for class and register in person on the first day of class, but it is always better to register before class to reserve your place in class.

 

Q: Should I buy a firearm now?

A: No, you should take the 20 Hour Basic and the 20 Hour Armed Course first, complete and submit your completed PERC application, and obtain work first. It is the decision of the Security Agency as to which of its officers it selects to work in an armed capacity.

 

Q: What is the 20 Hour Basic Course all about?

A: The 20 Hour Basic (Unarmed) Course instructs students about federal and state constitutions and criminal law, criminal procedure, fire safety, arrest search and seizure, use of force, report writing, anti-terrorism tactics, violence in the workplace, hazardous materials, and much more.

 

Q: Is there a written test at the end of the class?

A: Yes there is, You must achieve a score of no less than 75% in order to pass the course, per state law. You must have a good command of the English language, and be able to read and understand English in order to do well in the course.

 

Q: How old do I have to be to be a Security Officer?

A: To be an unarmed security officer, you must be at least 18 years of age. To be an armed security officer, you must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Q: What types of payments do you take?

A: We accept payments online here, by credit card/debit card, through Pay Pal or Google, as well as eChecks. If a student decides to register on the first day of class, in person, only cash is accepted (no personal checks). Security Agencies and Security Departments that have a business relationship with Fidelity Academy may pay by company check or on invoice.

 

Q: Do you get me a security job after I have completed the 20 Hour Basic Course?

A: No. We have a referral service, where we send our 20 Hour Basic Course graduates to specific security companies and businesses currently hiring security officers, who have asked us to send them qualified candidates. The referral service is totally dependent upon those companies and their needs.

 

Q: Can I carry pepper spray or a police baton after taking the class?

A: Defensive tools, such as "pepper spray", "police batons", TASERs, handcuffs and other such defensive tools may only be carried when:

1. You have been hired by a security agency or department, and;

2. That security agency or security department authorizes you to do so.

    In addition, you should only carry defensive tools that you have first received certified training for. Fidelity Academy provides certified training for these and other defensive tools.

 

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 Security Officer-Related Courses Offered

     Standard courses offered by the academy include the state-mandated Twenty-hour Basic Security Officer Course, and the Twenty-hour Firearms Course. Other courses and programs periodically offered are: Firearms Requalification, ASP Telescopic Baton Course, OC Pepperspray Course, TASER, and Tactical Firearms.

 

Dates & Registration For Courses

Dates for upcoming courses can be viewed on our "Courses Calendar". Registration can be made online. Prospective attendees are advised to register quickly, as seats cannot be held without registration and tuition payment, and go quickly. Students are strongly encouraged to register and pay online. All courses are taught by instructors who are recognized experts in their respective fields.

Attendees who successfully complete a course (certain courses require written and/or practical examinations prior to completion) will received a Fidelity Investigative Training Academy certificate of "Course Completion". Completion of certain courses will also result in the conferring of State of Illinois mandated  documentation of certified instruction.

 

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Twenty-Hour Basic (Unarmed) Security Officer Course

This is the first required course that must be taken to obtain certification to work in  private security in the State  of Illinois. This course is designed to provide the basic training for unarmed security officers require by Illinois law. Upon completion of this course, the individual will be able to function as an unarmed security officer, and will have the necessary State of Illinois mandated training. In addition, this course will instruct the individual how to obtain a "Permanent Employee Registration Card", required by the State of Illinois in order to work permanently as a security officer. Successful completion of this course requires the passing of a formal written examination. Students completing the course may choose to "opt in" to an employment referral service provided only to our graduates! 

 

Course Length: 3 Days.  Course Tuition: $ 60.00 

Student Study Guide: $ 15.00

Total Cost: $ 75.00

 

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Course Days: Two and a half days, every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, every week.

 

Doors Open & Registration: 9:15 am  Class begins every Monday morning at 9:30 am

 

     Need to take both the 20 Hour Unarmed Basic Course AND the 20 Hour Armed Security Course? Save $ 20.00 now, and register for both in our 40 Hour Combo Package.

 (Only available if you register and pay the tuition in full before the first day of class)

 



Even MORE Frequently Asked Questions

About the Twenty-Hour Basic Course

 

Q: Is this the course you take to get your PERC Card, and start your career in Private Security?

A: Yes. The 20 Hour Basic Course is a State of Illinois required  course for individuals who want to begin working in the field of contract security. You must successfully pass this course in order to obtain a PERC (Permanent Employee Registration Card). This is the first course that individuals wanting to work in private security must take.

 

Q: Can I carry a gun after taking this class?

A: No. Completion of the 20 Hour Basic Course does not qualify you nor authorize you to carry a firearm. You must, however, first take and complete this course, and complete an additional 20 Hour Armed Course in order to work as an armed security officer. Ultimately, the Security Agency that hires you will determine if you will work for them  in an armed capacity or not.

 

Q: Do you have job placement?

A: We have a referral service, that graduates can choose to "opt into". The referral service selects graduates to response to requests for trained, qualified applicants from contract and in-house security departments, that contact us for applicants.

 

Q:  Can I start working after I complete the course?

A: Once you successfully complete the course, obtain your live fingerprint scan, and send in your completed application and fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, you may begin working for a licensed Security Agency.

 

Q: How do I register for the 20 Hour Basic Course?

A: Click on the link at the top of the page that says "Register Here For Class!" This will take you to the registration page. Select the course you want to take, "20 Hour Basic Course" and follow the instructions to register online. If you do not have the funds now, you can show up for class and register in person on the first day of class. Registration begins every Monday morning at 9:00 am and class begins every Monday morning at 9:30 am.

 

Q: How long does it take to get your PERC Card?

A: It can take 6 to 8 weeks to receive your Permanent Employee Registration Card, as IDPR is several weeks behind in processing paperwork. However, you can work in security while you wait for your PERC Card, as long as you have completed the 20 Hour Basic Course, have completed the Liver Fingerprint Scan and have your receipt, and have sent your completed "PERC Application" (which we will provide to you, and help you complete) and a fee of $ 55.00 to the State of Illinois.

 

Q: What do I need to bring with me to class?

A: Bring the balance due of the tuition (or full tuition if registering in person), a State ID Card or Driver's License, and an open mind. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to bend, turn and  move around easily. Private parking is available in the parking lot next to the building free of charge, and there are places to eat, including McDonald's within two blocks of the Academy.

 

Q: What if I take the final exam and fail?

A.: You will have the opportunity to retake the final exam at a later date. A processing fee of $ 30.00 will be accessed for each attempt.

 

 

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