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Compliance Agent

Compliance Agent Defined | Initial Certification | Renewal Certification| Checklist

Compliance Agent Defined

A compliance agent means an individual who owns or is employed by a licensed private security services business to ensure the compliance of the private security services business with this title.

Initial Certification

The requirements can be found in 6 VAC 20-171-70 of the Regulations. Certifications are issued for 24 months.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. One (1) of the following:
    • Three years (3) of managerial or supervisory experience in a private security services business, a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency, or in a related field.
    • Five years (5) experience in a private security services business, with a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency, or in a related field.
  3. Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Training Requirements

6 Hours, Consisting of:

Submit to the Department

  1. Initial compliance agent certification application and applicable non-refundable fee
  2. Compliance agent entry-level training enrollment application and applicable non-refundable fee
  3. Fingerprint card, fingerprint processing application and applicable non-refundable fee. For more information, view the Fingerprints page.
  4. Official documentation verifying eligibility. For more information, view the Official Documentation page.

Important Information

  1. Following review of all application requirements, the department shall assign the applicant to an entry-level compliance agent training session.
  2. Following the 6-hour training, the applicant must achieve a minimum passing score of 80% on the compliance agent examination.
  3. If you do not successfully complete the final exam the first time, you may take it a second time at our office in Richmond at no extra cost. However, if you fail the retest, you will need to complete all initial training requirements to include application, fee and entry-level training before testing again.

Before a certification will be issued, individuals must complete all required training.

Required Form

Renewal Certification

Training fills quickly, on a first come, first serve basis. Please apply early to allow yourself time to be scheduled for the training date and location you prefer.

Training Requirements

4 Hours, Consisting of:

Submit to the Department

  1. Compliance agent renewal application and applicable non-refundable fee.
  2. Compliance Agent in-service training enrollment application and applicable non-refundable fee.
  3. Following approval of your application, you will be scheduled for training.

Important Information

  1. Individuals are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
  2. Compliance agents only have 60 days following expiration to reinstate. During reinstatement period, agents must submit an application and fee, an additional $12.50 reinstatement fee, and complete the required training. If the requirements are not met, the agent must submit an initial application (PSS_CA) and fee and take entry-level training.

Required Form

On-line & Training Alternatives

  1. Individuals have the option of completing the renewal training through an approved on-line training school.
  2. It is the individual's responsibility to research and select an approved on-line training source, enroll and complete the course in a recommended 30 days prior to the registration expiration.
  3. Compliance agents only have 60 days following expiration to reinstate. During reinstatement period, agents must submit an application and fee, an additional $12.50 reinstatement fee, and complete the required training. If the requirements are not met, the agent must submit an initial application (PSS_CA) and fee and take entry-level training.
  4. Options to conventional training methods link: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/pss/training/alternatives/index.cfm
  5. Required form for on-line training processing: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/forms/privatesecurity/pss_wc.pdf
  6. This application is for DCJS to process entry-level and in-service training taken online. This application does not schedule you for training. The on-line training is taken with an approved DCJS Certified Training School and you must register and pay that school for the training. The on-line training processing fee is $25.00.

Return to the Apply & Renew page.

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