Continuing Education

Information for Licensees

All licensees, regardless of license type, are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education (CE) during each 2-year license period. Registrants, such as armed or unarmed security guards, are not required to complete continuing education. The continuing education requirement cannot be waived or deferred under any circumstance. A maximum of six hours of CE may be obtained from online, on-demand courses. There is no limit to the number of hours that may be obtained from in-person instruction or live, virtual instruction.

Continuing education may be obtained several ways:

  1. Attend a Board-approved CE course
  2. Attend a Board meeting (two hours of CE, with a maximum of eight hours per license period)
  3. Attend Board-provided industry training (four hours of CE, usually offered following the April and October Board meetings)
  4. Attend a conference, seminar, or training event provided by a Board-approved organization (link “Board-approved organization” to the attached memo titled “Standing CE approval for certain organizations, which will need to be uploaded to the “Memos & Publications” page)
  5. Attend a professionally relevant conference, seminar, or training event and obtain one-time approval from the Director for CE credit
  6. Complete qualifying higher education classes (see administrative rule 14B NCAC 16 .1203(f))

Licensees are to maintain their training records and upload CE certificates and the Licensee’s Statement of Continuing Education form with their license renewal application.

Information for Continuing Education Course Instructors

Individuals or organizations that wish to obtain Board approval for their continuing education course must complete the steps described below. Once approved, a CE course will be assigned a course number and listed on the Board’s list of approved courses. An approved CE course is valid for four years and must be renewed.

  1. Complete an application for CE course approval
  2. Email the application, course outline and instructor bio to ppsasl@ncdps.gov
  3. The course application file will be reviewed by the PPSB Training and Education Committee
  4. A letter will be sent notifying the applicant of course approval or denial

Continuing Education FAQ

  1. Is CE required for a new license?

    No. Continuing education is required for license renewals and reinstatements only.

  2. Is CE required to renew a license?

    Yes. Twelve hours of CE is required to renew a license.

  3. How many hours of CE do I need to renew my license?

    Twelve hours.

  4. Can I take my CE online?

    A maximum of six hours of CE may be obtained from online, asynchronous courses.

    There is no limit to the number of hours that may be obtained from in-person instruction or online synchronous courses.

  5. Where can I find a list of approved CE courses?

    Here, or at the bottom of this page.

  6. What qualifies for continuing education?
    • Attending a Board-approved CE course
    • Attending a Board meeting (two hours of CE, with a maximum of eight hours per license period)
    • Attending Board-provided industry training (four hours of CE, usually offered following the April and October Board meetings)
    • Attend a conference, seminar, or training event provided by a Board-approved organization
    • Attend a professionally relevant conference, seminar, or training event and obtain one-time approval from the Director for CE credit
    • Complete qualifying higher education classes (see administrative rule 14B NCAC 16 .1203(f))