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FAQ

Can I enroll in online courses?

We offer convenient online courses for Maryland Security and Special Police Officers. Our courses are designed to fit your busy schedule and provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in your career. You cannot be a felon.

Who teaches the courses?

All of our courses are taught by certified MPCTC instructors with a background in law enforcement and security operations. Our instructors have years of experience in the field and are committed to providing you with the best possible training.

How can I get in touch with an advisor?

We're here to help! You can contact us by phone or email to speak with an advisor who can answer any questions you have about our courses, enrollment, and more.

What payment options are available?

We offer a variety of payment plans to fit your budget, including installment plans and discounts for early enrollment. Contact us to learn more about our payment options.

What are Special Police courses?

What are Security Officer courses?

Maryland has established requirements for Special Police Officers to be licensed. Part of that requirement is that they receive training that is certified by the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission (MPCTC). We teach those courses. The initial course is 80 hours, and the renewal course is 12 hours and is required every 3 years from initially being licensed.

Maryland has established new requirements for security officers to be licensed. Under these new requirements, new security officers who are licensed must undergo 12 hours of initial training and 8 hours of in-service training every 3 years. All security officers in Maryland, regardless if working for a security company or directly working for a property such as a cannabis dispensary, in-house security at a business, an HOA, an apartment complex, etc. must be licensed.

Can I become a Special Police Officer or a Security Officer without this training?

No. This training is now required for both professions by the State of Maryland. In order for the Maryland State Police to process your application for either profession or renew your license, you must submit certified training documents with your application packet. The only job that is exempt from this training is an unarmed bar security person (typically called a bouncer).

Is the Maryland Special Police and Security Training Academy a government agency?

Am I exempt if I was a prior military or a prior police officer? What about if I am a security or special police officer in another state?

It depends. If you were a police officer within the last 5 years, you may skip the training requirement for initial or renewal licensing. Military service is not exempt. Security officers and special police officers from other states are not exempt.

Are you really certified to provide these classes?

No. We are a private training company. All training for Special Police and/or security officers in Maryland is conducted by either private companies or educational institutions. The only government agencies that train security and special police officers are those who employ their personnel for the security of public buildings, etc.

Yes. Our courses are certified by the Maryland Police and Corrections Commission and all of our instructors are also certified. 

Do you guarantee that I get licensed?

No. No agency or instructor can "guarantee" you as licensed. The Maryland State Police licensing division performs licensing. However, this course is required to be licensed.   

Do I get licensed to carry pepper spray, handcuffs, a gun, a taser or a baton?

No, not with an approved MPCTC course. MPCTC does not allow weapons qualifications/certifications to be a part of the instructional objectives. However, we do offer certification for baton, pepper spray, JPX, defensive tactics and handcuffing but that is at an additional expense and are separate classes.

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