According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for security officers is especially strong in Illinois.
Here you can find government resources on the requirements in Illinois for security officers and contractors.
Illinois Administrative Code
TITLE 68: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
CHAPTER VII: DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
PART 1240 PRIVATE DETECTIVE, PRIVATE ALARM, PRIVATE SECURITY, FINGERPRINT VENDOR, AND LOCKSMITH ACT OF 2004
SECTION 1240.505 20-HOUR BASIC TRAINING COURSE – PRIVATE DETECTIVE, PRIVATE ALARM CONTRACTOR, PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTOR AND PROPRIETARY SECURITY FORCE EMPLOYEE
Section 1240.505 20-Hour Basic Training Course – Private Detective, Private Alarm Contractor, Private Security Contractor and Proprietary Security Force Employee
a) Every person employed as a registered employee of a private detective, private alarm or private security agency certified under the Act or as an armed employee of a proprietary security force shall complete, within 30 days after commencing employment, a course of basic training. The training shall be a minimum of 20 hours of classroom basic training related to the employment and shall be certified to by the employer. For purposes of this Section, “classroom instruction” shall mean instruction that takes place in a setting where those individuals receiving the training learn through lectures, study papers, class discussion, textbook study or other means of organized formal education techniques (i.e., video or closed-circuit instruction), as distinguished from on-the-job training.
b) Registered employees of a private security contractor agency who provide guarding or other private security related functions, in addition to the classroom training required under subsection (a), within 6 months after their employment, shall complete an additional 8 hours of training on subjects to be determined by the employer. This training may be site-specific and may be conducted on the job.
c) In addition to the basic training provided for in subsections (a) and (b), registered employees of a private security contractor agency who provide guarding or other private security related functions shall complete an additional 8 hours of refresher training on subjects to be determined by the employer each calendar year commencing with the calendar year following the employee’s first employment anniversary date. The refresher training may be site-specific and may be conducted on the job.
d) Upon successful completion of the training prescribed in subsections (a) through (c), each individual shall be issued, by the employer or the instructor, a Certification of Completion of Basic Training and/or refresher training courses signed by the instructor or the employer. The licensee-in-charge shall be responsible for the documentation of the training. Documentation of the refresher training shall consist of the date and location of the training, the subject matter covered and instructor or employee who administered the training. The Certificate of Completion of Basic Training and/or refresher training courses may be reproduced digitally provided the form is printed out and signed and the printed form is a virtual identical copy of the current form in use by the Division.
e) The Certification shall be the permanent record of training and shall be retained by the individual as proof of the training. During the term of the individual’s employment with an agency licensed by the Division, the Certification or a certified copy shall be filed by the employer with the employee statement required by Section 35-30(b) of the Act and shall remain in the file during the term of employment. Upon termination of employment, the original Certification shall be returned to the employee.
f) In the case of an employee who is employed by more than one employer, a notarized copy of the Certification of Completion of Basic and/or Refresher Training shall be kept with the employee statement required by Section 35-30(b) of the Act in lieu of the original Certification.
g) Copies of basic training, additional training, site-specific training and refresher training materials shall be made available to Division personnel upon request.
(Source: Amended at 36 Ill. Reg. 9938, effective July 13, 2012)