Private Security Training Academy
Whether you’re currently working in private security or want to start a new career, Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy can help you on your path to a rewarding career as a security professional.
About Private Security Officer Training
Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy prepares you to become a private security officer. Security officers protect property, people, equipment and money from theft or other criminal activity including waste, damage and unsafe behavior. This rewarding career will allow you to earn more money and move into supervisory roles.
- Day, evening and weekend classes available
- Offered at Tri-C’s Western and Metropolitan campuses
- 162 contact hours – exceeds the state minimum of 124 hours
- Lectures, hands-on training, scenario-based and group participation
- Prepares you to take the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) exam
- Additional advanced training certifications available
- State-of-the-art law enforcement training facility including onsite range
- Eligible students can apply for financial aid
- 12 credit hours can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice
- High school diploma or GED
- At least 18 years old at time of acceptance
- Perfect attendance for the duration of the academy (per OPOTC regulation)
- Any felony conviction (including any arrests or convictions expunged or sealed by the court) and certain misdemeanor convictions (including domestic violence and drug possession) may prohibit you from entering the academy. In addition, any crime reduction or plea agreement/bargain in which the original charge was domestic violence will prohibit you from entering the academy.*
*Applicants seeking firearm certification must not have a criminal record, to include domestic violence or any conviction of a lesser offense or plea where the original charge was domestic violence.
Tuition and Fees
- Cuyahoga County residents (with firearms): $2,550*
- Cuyahoga County residents (without firearms): $2,400*
- Out-of-county residents (with or without firearms): $2,900*
Tuition includes: Student performance objective materials, textbooks, three-ring binders, academy shirts (one T-shirt and one polo), American Heart Association or Red Cross First Aid/CPR certification, firearms training, simulation and live fire, use of a weapon, and ear and eye protection. Details provided at orientation.
*Tuition or fees subject to change without notice
In order to be accepted into the Private Security Academy, you must complete all of the following steps. View all details in the application process.
Step 1: Complete Online Private Security Academy Application
Step 2: Become a Current Tri-C Student
Step 3: Complete Placement Testing
Step 4: Secure Method of Payment
Step 5: Verify High School Diploma or GED
Step 6: Complete Background Check
Step 7: Attend Private Security Academy Orientation
Hear From Our Graduates
Graduates of Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy have secured employment with school districts, private security agencies, government agencies, municipalities, retail facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities.
Working in security can be challenging, but the in-depth security knowledge and lessons that I learned from Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy have helped me to be successful in my current position. -Stephanie P., Quicken Loan Arena
Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy prepared me for my future in the security and law enforcement through outstanding training and hands-on skills that has allowed me to effectively provide security and protection of people, property and assets. -Shurkrea C., Cuyahoga Community College Police Department
Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy exposed me to all the job opportunities in security, including executive protection, retail and investigations to name a few. -Lamont D., Cleveland Metropolitan School District
The instructors for Tri-C’s Private Security Training Academy were very knowledgeable and because many had worked in the security industry, they were able to share real-world examples and information. -Vida J., Cuyahoga County Juvenile Courts Administration