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Florida Armed Security Officer Course

In accordance with Florida Chapter 493, Class "G" licensed armed security officers are required to complete 28-hours of classroom and range instruction under the direction of a Class "K" licensed instructor. At the S2 Institute, we offer Class "G" license training as a three day course. Day One and Day Two are conducted as ten-hour classroom days at our training facilities in Tampa and Orlando. Day Three includes 8-hours of range instruction and final qualification at our firearms training location, the Wyoming Anteloupe Club, or in the Orlando area, at a range in Groveland, FL.

The Florida Armed Security Officer Course covers all information required by the State of Florida for Class "G" license applicants, including:

Florida Statues 493, 775, and 790 • Firearms Safety & Mechanics • Civil Liability & Use of Force Issues • Handgun Marksmanship • Care and Maintenance of Firearms • Other required topics

In addition to lesson instruction, every student is walked through the State application process in a step-by-step manner to ensure that the Class "G" license application is complete and filled out properly.

Students that pass the final exam and range qualification will be given proof of completion to provide to the State when they apply for the Class "G" license.

Graduates that are issued a Florida Class "G" license must return once per year to complete annual requalification to retain their license.

Note: All Class G license officers must also possess a class D license. Therefore, all G license applicants must either already possess a Class D license, or must be applying to the State for the D license at the same time that they are applying for the G license.


Day 1 and Day 2 (Friday and Saturday) of the class "G" Course are conducted at the S2 Institute Facility in Tampa, FL.

Day 1 and Day 2 (Friday and Saturday) of the class "G" Course are conducted at the S2 Institute Facility in Orlando, FL.

Day 3 (Range Day) is conducted at the following locations:

  • Tampa - The Wyoming Antelope Club (Sunday)
  • Orlando - A range in Groveland

Click here for directions and maps to each location and range.

Application Support Services

The S2 Institute offers a special application package consisting of fingerprinting, license photographs, and notary services for only $18.00 (tax included). S2 also offers psychological testing for Class "G" applicants for only $55.00. All services may be purchased the first day of class and paid for by cash, credit card, money order or company check (no personal checks).

Firearms & Equipment

This class requires the use of a .38 revolver or 9mm, .40 or .45 caliber pistol. Students possessing their own firearm may use them on the range, however, do not bring them to class on Friday or Saturday. Those students who do not have their own firearm may use an S2 firearm by paying a cleaning and maintenance fee of $20 on the first day of class.

All firearms needed for the classroom component will be provided by S2. On Day Three, you are recommended to bring the following items to the range.

.38 revolver or 9mm, .40 or .45 caliber pistol
(3+) speed loaders (or 3+ magazines, if appropriate)
Quality duty holster and loader/magazine pouches
(NO cross draw, shoulder, SOB, or ankle holsters)
Comfortable clothing that provides protection from both the sun and ejected brass

If you are bringing a handgun to the range on Day 3, the weapon should be brought to the range unloaded and encased. All student-brought weapons will be subjected to a safety inspection prior to live fire.

Florida Chapter 493

Security officer training and licensing is regulated under Florida State Statute Chapter 493. Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of Florida Chapter 493.

Information regarding licensing procedures and Division of Licensing locations can be found on the Florida Department of Agriculture web site.

Rick Benn
Denise Weigand

Tampa: $200.00
(includes ammo)
Orlando: $190.00
(includes ammo)

Prepay online when registering, and receive a $10 discount!

$20 Firearm Usage
$75 Psychological Test
$18 Support Services

Distance Learning Option:

Restriction Level:
Level 1 - Open to the Public

Presentation Time:
Day One: 8:00am to 6:30pm
Day Two: 8:00am to 6:30pm
Day Three: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Florida Armed Security Officer Applicants

Upcoming Dates:

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Students are required to reserve a spot in class. Please complete our online Florida Class "D" and "G" Enrollment Form. Payment is due on the first scheduled day of the class by cash, credit card, money order, or company check (sorry no personal checks).

Or Call:
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Hillsborough:  (813) 227 8585
Pinellas:  (727) 461 0066
Orlando Area:  (407) 260 8280