This page contains information about schools for Electronic Countermeasures, Polygraph and Psychological Stress Evaluators. Also included are the PPS Registration Procedures and upcoming training courses.

The following documents provide information about schools approved by the Private Protective Services Board.

Unarmed Guard Trainer Courses and Firearms Trainer Courses 
Prior to attending the Unarmed Guard or Firearms Trainer course, you must complete the appropriate Trainer Application using the Trainer Tab on the Permitium Dashboard. Once the training request has been received, it will be evaluated by the Training Officer and spaces in upcoming classes will be filled on a first come/first served basis.

Important Note:  In order to qualify for the Unarmed Guard Trainer Certification, you must have at least one year of experience in the security guard and patrol field or related profession.  

Unarmed Guard Trainer

Security Guard Training Video 

Unarmed Guard Instructor Manual 

Unarmed Guard Trainer PowerPoints

Unarmed Guard Student Manual 

Unarmed Guard Trainer Course and Workshop
Wake Technical College Public Safety Training Center; 321 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh.
The course is 40 hours long and teaches officers how to instruct Unarmed Guard Training. If an individual holds a General Instructor Certificate from N.C. Training and Standards, it will only be necessary to attend the Workshop portion of the course, which is held the last day of the course.

September 18-22, 2023
December 4-8, 2023
February 5-9, 2024
May 6-10, 2024
July 15-19, 2024
September 9-13, 2024
December 9-13, 2024

Important Note:  You must be a Certified Unarmed Guard Trainer prior to becoming a Firearms Trainer and have one year of supervisory experience in the security guard and patrol field or related profession.  

Firearms Certification Courses and Workshop
NC Justice Academy, Salemburg

December 10-13, 2024 

This is a 32-hour course designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and ability to instruct the Private Protective Services armed guard certification registration course.  All individuals wanting to become a firearms trainer MUST attend a pre-qualification class and score a minimum score of 90%, two times out of three, day and night, with all handguns.  If you choose to qualify with the shotgun, you must score a minimum of 90% one out of two times in the day qualification only.  If you qualify with at least one handgun, you can attend the next 32-hour firearms trainer course.

If an individual holds a Firearms Instructor Certificate from N.C. Training and Standards, it will only be necessary to attend the Workshop portion of the course, which is held the last day of the course.  Again, students must have previously attended a pre-qualification course before attending the 32-hour course.

Long-Gun Certification Course:

In addition, Private Protective Services offers the Long-Gun Trainer Course, which includes shotgun and rifle certifications.  This is a supplemental 24-hour course that has a pre-requisite of first having completed the initial Pre-Qual(8-hr) course and subsequent 32-hour Firearms Trainer Course (handgun only), thereby totaling 40 hours.  More specifically, this course requires an active Firearms Trainer to successfully qualify with a minimal score of 90% or better one out of two times during the day qualification on the shotgun; then you must score a 90% or better on the day and night qualification courses one out of two times on the rifle.  During this course, a basic Skills Test must also be completed, which includes a previously qualified handgun, either a semi-automatic or revolver.  This course is scheduled periodically throughout the year and is held at Camp Butner in Stem, NC.  Future training dates are to be determined. 

Long Gun Instructor Course


Long Gun Instructor Re-Certification Course

March 26, 2024
November 25, 2024


*Firearms Prequalification and Recertification Courses – One-Day Course
Samarcand Training Academy, Jackson Springs

September 18, 2023
November 27, 2023
March 26, 2024
May 8, 2024  (moved to April 30, 2024)
June 26, 2024 Canceled
September 16, 2024
November 25, 2024

Basic Firearms Trainer Courses (32 hours) 


PPS Registration Procedures


Upcoming Training (Training for 2020 PPS conducted CEU courses)

The PPS staff and PPSB attorney will be conducting four-hour training sessions throughout the state. The training will cover an update of 74C, continuing education requirements, armed and unarmed registration procedures and recent court cases related to the PPS industry.

Course and credit hours are as follow: PPSB-10-395 Registration Procedures, (2 credits). PPSB-11-554 Overview of Standards and Continuing Education Requirements (1 credit), PPSB-11-553 Legal Aspects of 74C, and recent court cases related to the PPS industry (1 credit). Licensees attending the training can receive up to four hours of continuing education credit. If you are interested in attending a training session, please contact Karen Battle at There is no cost to attend the training sessions.