North Dakota: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for North Dakota

Legislation/Source:

North Dakota Century Code Title 43 Chapter 43-30 Investigative and Security Services
and
North Dakota Title 93-01 General Administration and Title 93-02-02.1 Private Security Services

Authorizing Department

State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board
513 Bismarck Expressway Suite 5
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 222-3063
Email: ndpisb@midco.net

Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

In North Dakota, there is a difference between a registration and licensure. Licensure is given to agency- business firms and entities providing security services. Those entities provide oversight and supervision over security officer employees.
The employer registers their employees and follow the explicit requirements promulgated by the regulatory authority.

The regulatory Act states in part:
An individual providing private security services must obtain a license from the board to provide those services unless the individual is registered as an employee or independent contractor of an agency that is licensed under this chapter and is providing those services within the scope of the individual’s relationship with the agency. An agency is responsible for registering its employees and independent contractors under section 93-02-02.2-04. This section does not apply to individuals who are exempt from the board’s jurisdiction under North Dakota Century Code section 43-30-02.
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-02

93-02-02.1-04: REGISTRATION AS A SECURITY OFFICER
(2)   An individual providing private security services as an employee or independent contractor of a private security agency who is not licensed to provide those services must have a registration from the board as an apprentice security officer, security officer, or commissioned security officer. The agency is responsible for obtaining registration for all of its employees and independent contractors.
(5)   A registered employee or independent contractor may not provide private security services unless the employee or independent contractor is under the supervision of an individual who is licensed to provide private security services.

See also: North Dakota 43-30-05

Proprietary Security
A proprietary employer is a person who employs an individual to provide security for that person’s own property or protection. A proprietary employer is not required to be licensed as a private security service if the employer does not offer or provide security services to others. Proprietary security employees may be voluntarily registered as security officers under section 43-30-06. In order to be registered as a proprietary security officer, an employee must meet all of the requirements to be registered as a security officer except for:
  1.  Employment by a licensed private security service; and
  2.  Supervision by an individual who is licensed to provide security services
See: North Dakota 43-30-02.2

In North Dakota, there are three levels of potential registration, depending on training and experience.
The levels are:

•   APPRENTICE SECURITY OFFICER – 12 hours classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service
•   SECURITY OFFICER – 1000 hours field service & 32 hours classroom instruction
•   COMMISSIONED SECURITY OFFICER – 4000 hours field service & 80 hours classroom instruction

Fees
$25   Registration Fee
$40   Criminal Background Check
See: Application Form 1

Age Requirements

The applicant must be 18 years old
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(1)

Citizenship

The legislation does not mention this requirement. However, the application and background check require the submission of a Social Security Number.
See: Application Form 1

Experience

According to the State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board, there are three levels of security officers in North Dakota:

•   Apprentice security officer (12 hours classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service)
•   Security officer (1000 hours field service & 32 hours classroom instruction)
•   Commissioned security officer (4000 hours field service & 80 hours classroom instruction)

All applicants must be a high school graduate or hold an equivalent of a high school diploma.
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(2)

Exemptions

North Dakota Century Code section 43-30-02 provides a detailed list of occupations and professions not covered under the chapter.

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-10:

The State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board may waive part of or all of any training or experience requirements for individuals licensed or registered by the board based upon equivalent training or experience in any combination of the following: private security or private investigation in another state with equal or similar requirements; law enforcement in any jurisdiction with equal or similar requirements; military security; proprietary security, provided that equal or similar requirements for training as required by this chapter were met; or equivalent training in any educational institution in relevant subject matters.

Permit Required

Not Required

Requirement to carry an ID card

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-14
1. To each individual licensed or registered by the board, the board shall issue a laminated pocket card. Each individual licensed or registered by the board shall have on that individual’s person, the pocket card issued while providing private security services.

Moral Character

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(5):

Applicant must not have committed an act which the board determines is indicative of bad moral character and which has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to serve the public, including but not limited to offenses other than those listed in subsection three of this section.

Fingerprint

According to the application:

The applicant must submit 2 sets of fingerprint cards with application.

Fingerprint cards attached to the application must be filled out correctly including the following codes:

–   The “Reason Fingerprinted” must say “NDCC 43-30-06”.
–   The “ORI” must say “ND920130Z, NDPISB, Bismarck, ND”

You must use blue print cards.
See: Fingerprint Verification Form

Substance Abuse

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01:

Applicant must not have been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of a crime involving controlled substances as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 19-03.1

Mental Health

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(4):

Applicant must be free of mental condition or defect, which would interfere with the individual’s ability to provide services in a professional and competent manner

Criminal History Background Check

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(3):

Applicant must not have been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of one of the following offenses or its equivalent in another jurisdiction, including juvenile adjudication that the individual has engaged in similar conduct: any felony; any class A or B misdemeanor involving an act of violence or intimidation as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapters 12.1-16 through 12.1-25 and chapter 12.1-31.2; including shoplifting, or any other offense which must be reported to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation under North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-32-15

Information on the Criminal History of the applicant is obtained from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Personal References

Not Required

Training Requirements

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-05, In order to become an apprentice private security officer:
1.   One must first start as an apprentice security officer:
An apprentice officer must complete, within thirty days after being registered with the board, a minimum of
twelve hours of classroom instruction relating to the provision of private security services or twelve hours
of field training. The field training must be supervised either by a security officer who has a minimum of two
thousand hours of active service in that grade or equivalent combination of training and experience as defined in
section 93-02-02.1-10 or by a commissioned security officer. The training must be at a ratio of no more than four trainees to one officer.

2.   Until the apprentice private security officer has fulfilled the requirements in this section, the apprentice may
only provide private security services under the direct, onsite supervision of a security officer or commissioned security officer
employed by the private security agency.

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-06, in order to rank up to a security officer:
An individual must provide a minimum of one thousand hours of private security service as a registered apprentice security officer and
complete an additional thirty-two hours of classroom instruction as required by the board.

According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-07, in order to rank up as a commissioned security officer:

An individual must provide three thousand hours of private security service as a registered security officer,
in addition to at least one thousand hours as an apprentice security officer, and complete an additional eighty hours of
classroom instruction as required by the board.

The Certification of Training required for the application has to be issued by a Certified Training Officer and the licensed employer.
See: Certification of Training, Form 3

Exam Requirement

Not Required

Child Support

According to N.D. Cent. Code §14-08.1-06:
North Dakota can suspend any occupational or professional license for failure to pay child support

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