Armed Guard Courses

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Armed Guard Initial Course & 5-year Renewal Course

13 hours / 2 days (8 hours class + 5 hours range)

If you already have your basic work /guard card and your employer requires that you become certified as an Armed Guard, then this is the class you need.

In order to work in the security industry in Nevada, your first step is to acquire a basic (unarmed) guard card. To find out how to do that, go to our FAQ page, or scroll down to bottom of this page.

Armed Guard Initial Course Fees:

1 person…………. $225 each
2 persons…………$200 each
3 persons…………$175 each
4 or more…………$150 each

Note: These rates include the $25 PILB card fee that the instructor must collect

Super Special for this course only:  Add a Nevada CCW permit for only $25.00 more!


Mandatory materials and equipment list for the 13 hour Course:

  • Basic Work /Guard Card issued by from the PILB
  • Verification of Employment for Armed Security (VEAS) form. You cannot take the course without this form. It must be presented to the instructor before class begins. No exceptions.
  • The firearm(s) you intend to qualify with. Modern, serviceable handguns only
  • Backup gun in same caliber (recommended, but not required)
  • 300 rounds of ammo. No handloaded ammo, please! Commercial reloads are OK.
  • Duty belt, retention holster, and magazine holder
  • (3) speed loaders, if using a revolver
  • Semi-auto shooters must bring at least 2 magazines. 3 or 4 is better!
  • Loader helpers, such as the incredible useful UPLULA
  • We can provide rental guns, mags, ammo, and mag holders, if needed.
  • Other (optional but strongly recommended): hat with visor, cleaning kit, gun oil, rag, hand wipes, sunscreen, water, snacks, towel (for the kneeling position practice) and weather protection

Note: No shows” with no call ahead will forfeit payment for the class.  An email or text is not sufficient – you must call the instructor at 775.842.6409.


Please read the following before you call us for a class:

To work in Nevada as an armed guard, you must:

  1. Already have a current basic guard work card or be in provisional status.
  2. Be currently employed by a PILB-licensed company
  3. Be in possession of a completed Verification of Employment (VEAS) form.
  4. You may not take the 13 hour Armed Guard course unless all the above conditions are met. Please do not call us to request this course unless all conditions are previously met.

No Exceptions


 Armed Guard 6-month Range Re-qualification

1 person …………..$40
2 persons………….$35 each
3 persons………….$30 each
4 or more………….$25 each
These rates include the $5 PILB card fee


Already have an armed guard card and need to re-qualify at the range?
Here’s how you do it in 3 simple steps:

  1. Call us at 775.842.6409 or email us to schedule your 6-month range re-qual time. We are available 7 days a week, and strive hard to accommodate those with challenging work schedules.
  2. Contact your employer and request that he (or his agent) fill out your Verification of Employment for Armed Security (VEAS) form. You must bring this with you to the range. Please not bring an incomplete VEAS form to the range. You will not be allowed to qualify, and will have to come back another day and pay another range fee.
  3. Arrive at the range with your firearms, at least 60 rounds of ammo, holster, and ear & eye protection. If you typically have trouble qualifying, bring more ammo!

Here is the course of fire:

Stage One:  From 3 yards, draw and fire 5 rounds in 15 seconds using the dominant hand only, within 15 seconds.  Transfer the gun to the support hand, and fire 5 rounds in 15 seconds
Total shots fired: 10. Total Time Allowed: 30 seconds

Stage Two: Load 5 rounds (one in the chamber and four in the magazine. From 7 yards, using two hands, fire 5 rounds standing. Remove the empty magazine, and load another mag with five rounds. Take a kneeling position, and fire five more rounds from the kneeling position.
Total shots fired: 10. Total Time Allowed: 30 seconds

Stage Three: Same as Stage Two

You will be shooting at a B-27 silhouette target. Minimum passing score is 75% or 225 points out of 300. You will be allowed three (3) attempts to pass. Practice between qualifications to keep sharp!

Once you qualify, and the PILB has updated your status, your armed guard status will be extended for another six months, based on your assigned qualification cycle.


What is the Qualification Cycle?

As an armed guard, you are assigned a qualification cycle, based on the month when you first qualified. In order to maintain “active status” with the PILB, you must qualify every six months at the range with a PILB-Certified Firearms Instructor (CFI), on any day within your assigned months.

Once you are assigned these months, they cannot be changed. You may not qualify before your assigned month. If you miss your qualification month, you may not carry your firearm on duty until you do qualify at the range, and the PILB has updated your status.

Six Month Qualification Cycles:

January and July
February and August
March and September
April and October
May and November
June and December

For the complete Nevada administrative code on this requirement, read the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 648.350

If you still have questions, please call CFI John Glatthar at 775.842.6409


How do I become licensed to work as a basic security guard in the State of Nevada?

Contact the Private Investigators Licensing Board (PILB) in Las Vegas or Carson City. Click here for the website. Complete the application, pass the written test, pay the fee, get your photo ID, and you are now eligible to work in the security industry in Nevada.

Note 1: Your basic security guard card does NOT allow you to carry a firearm on duty, if you are employed by a licensee of the PILB. To carry armed while on duty, you must first be employed with a security company AND your basic guard card must be upgraded to “armed” status. How do you do that? Click here to learn how.

Note 2:  We have no involvement whatsoever in the process of issuing basic guard cards. That is done solely through the PILB.  If your company wants you to be armed, then they will refer you to a firearms training school, such as ours, for your armed guard class.