Security Jobs - FAQ


A security guard as defined in Article 7A of the General Business Law [§89-f (6)] is a person (other than an active police officer) employed in NYS to principally perform one or more of the following duties, and the person is not performing the functions of a private investigator as defined in Section 71 of Article 7 of the General Business Law:

  • protection of persons and/or property from harm, theft, and/or unlawful activity;
  • deterrence, observation, detection, and/or reporting unlawful or unauthorized activity;
  • street patrol service;
  • response to, but not installation or service of, a security system alarm

Q: Does First-Rate Security offer part time opportunities?

Yes. First-Rate Security offers part time and full time security jobs for all shifts, to qualified candidates.

Q: What kind of security job training will First-Rate Security provide?

All security guards receive basic pre-assignment training, on site training, and annual refresher courses.  Additional security job training is provided based on the location or industry for which the security guard is assigned.  First-Rate Security also provides customized security job training based on our client's specific request.

Q: Does our company offer opportunities for advancement?

Yes. First-Rate Security takes great pride in the fact that we promote from within. The majority of our operation positions are filled with employees who have successfully graduated from within our ranks.

Q: Does our company offer employment and performance incentives?

Yes. First-Rate Security offers an employee referral program to reward employees who refer new hires. In addition we have employee recognition and award programs to reward exemplary performance. We also provide free uniforms, vacation time and additional incentives to our employees.

Q: Some security companies only pay every two weeks. How often do First-Rate Security employees receive paychecks?

Our payroll is weekly. The week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday night. We distribute paychecks every Friday, either to the individual sites, by mail or direct deposit.

Q: How do I become a member of the First-Rate Security Team?

Click here to email your resume to hr@firstratesecurityinc.com for employment consideration.

Please note that preferential consideration is given to ALL applicants who google+1 our website, which can be found at the top of our website under the words "Customer Support".

Security Guard Requirements in New York

In order to become a security guard in the State of New York, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen or resident alien of the U.S.
  • Pass an FBI background check (with no serious convictions or felonies)
  • Submit your fingerprint through L-1 Enrollment Services (more on this below)
  • Take an 8-hour “pre-assignment” training course, which you must complete and pass prior to applying to the Department of State for a Security Guard Registration Card.

After you have your registration card in your hand, you can begin work as a security guard. Within the first 90 days after employment, you must complete an additional 16 hours of on-the-job training.

Every year after that you are required by law to complete an additional 8 hours training to keep your registration valid.

For your security guard training, please contact any of the following approved security guard schools in New York (PDF file). The schools on this approved list can be used for the 8 hour pre-assignment training, your 16 hours of additional on-the-job-training, as well as your annual maintenance training. School fees will apply.

Employment Qualifications

Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must not be convicted of a felony.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must not be convicted of a misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must have a valid New York State drivers license.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must be able to speak, read and write the English language (Bilingual applicants is a plus).
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must have adequate hearing and vision to perform security related jobs/positions.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must have transportation.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must be drug free.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must have a valid phone number.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants for security jobs must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens with permanent residence in the U.S.
Security-Services-Indicator   Applicants must have a valid NYS Security Guard License.
Security-Services-Indicator  Applicants must be physically fit to stand, walk or patrol the majority of their shift.

First-Rate Security offers excellent benefits for the security industry. Our officers receive overtime, holiday bonus pay, flexible hours, referral bonuses, lead incentives, performance bonuses and full paid on-site training. First-Rate Security also has life insurance and health insurance packages available.

Hiring Prerequisite

First-Rate Security is committed to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest from among the traditional labor markets for security guards.. Our hiring guidelines meet or exceed all government licensing requirements, and all candidates for employment at First-Rate Security undergo one of tthe industry's most exhaustive screening procedures, including:

Security-Services-Indicator In-depth personal interviews
Security-Services-Indicator Prior employment verification
Security-Services-Indicator Military discharge verification (if applicable)
Security-Services-Indicator Education verification
Security-Services-Indicator Criminal conviction check
Security-Services-Indicator Substance abuse test, as well as random post-hire testing
Security-Services-Indicator State Security Officer Registration and Fingerprint Submission