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School Security Personnel Training

Article XIII-C of the Public School Code of 1949 requires that all school resource officers, school police officers, and school security guards successfully complete the Basic School Resource Officer Course offered by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) or an equivalent School Security Personnel course of instruction approved by the Commission.  All school security personnel intending to work in a school setting are required to receive this instruction prior to employment. 

On December 11, 2019, the inaugural School Security Personnel training curriculum standards were adopted by the Commission.  This set of standards was used by PCCD staff to evaluate and approve vendors offering an equivalent course of instruction to the NASRO Basic School Resource Officer Course.

Per the requirement of Section 1315-C of the Public School Code, PCCD staff solicited feedback from training vendors and met with representatives of the PA Department of Education and the PA State Police in 2021 to conduct a periodic reassessment of the training requirements for all school security personnel.  On March 9, 2022, a revised set of curriculum standards was adopted by the Commission.  Those standards can be found in the link below.  All currently approved training vendors are required to update their curriculum to meet these standards no later than Friday, December 9, 2022.

The set of standards are provided in the link below.  Please call Shaun White at (717)265-8718 for more information.

School Security Personnel Training Standards

School Security Personnel Trainings – Summer Programs 2022

The School Safety and Security Personnel Training Providers are offering programs throughout the commonwealth, during the summer of 2022.  Please click on the link to view a calendar of events.  Please contact the provider directly to register for the program. Summer 2022 Basic Training Schedule

School Security Training Providers

Cardinal Point Homeland Security Group, Inc.
261 Old York Road, Suite 734
Jenkintown, PA  19046
Contact Information:
John Gooley: (267) 473-5366; and
Natalie Springfield (267) 536-2020 x 9150
Website: Cardinal Point Homeland Security Group Protective Services
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
CSI Corporate Security and Investigations, LLC
3645 Brodhead Road
Monaca, PA  15061
Contact Information:
Vincent Beal: (724) 775-3577 -Ext 2401
Direct Dial: (724) 888-2401
Website: Investigation & Risk Management Services | CSI Investigators
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center
650 South 13th Street, Robertshaw Bldg.
Indiana, PA  15705
Contact Information:
Dennis Marsili, Dolores Karcher
Office: (724) 357-3988, (724) 357-6943
Fax: (724) 357-3989
Website: School Security Personnel Basic Training - IUP
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)
2020 Valleydale Road, Suite 207A
Hoover, AL 35244
Contact Information:
Office: (205) 739-6060
Website: National Association of School Resource Officers
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
RESPONSEology Consulting and Safety Solutions
PO Box 376
Sewickley, PA  15143
Contact Information:
Aaron Vanatta: (724) 350-1513
Website: Responseology Consulting and Safety Solutions, School Safety Consultant
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Standing Stone Consulting, Inc.
826 Pennsylvania Avenue
PO Box 389
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Contact Information:
Ian R. Thompson: (814) 599-1664
Office: (814) 641-7600
Website: Standing Stone Consulting Inc. 
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
U.S. Security Care, Inc.
960B Harvest Drive, Suite 130
Blue Bell, PA  19422
Contact Information:
Mark Pezzano: (215)542-7789
Maleeka Carroll: (215)542-7789
Website: U.S. Security Care | corporate security services
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual