Level Three New Mexico Armed Guard Annual Firearms Qualification



The New Mexico Security Guard License renews every two years. Level One, Two and Three Guards must take a seperate continuing education course in conjunction with filing an application. The application includes a background check.

However, in addition to the two year requirement Level Three Officers must complete an annual firearms qualification. Below are citations from the Private Investigators, Act that is the law regulating security guard licensing in New Mexico.               MANDATORY FIREARMS TRAINING:

  1. After July 1, 2007, any private investigator, a private patrol operator, a private investigations employee, a level three security guard or a private patrol operations employee may carry a firearm upon successful completion of the mandatory firearm training required by the department. Any licensee who carries a firearm on duty shall be required to provide proof of being firearm certified by an instructor recognized and certified by the New Mexico law enforcement academy or the national rifle association law enforcement activities division prior to carrying a weapon on duty, and  annually thereafter.

 Continuing Education will  be needed to renew your license every two years. You may already have the contiuing education. Some companies provide continuing education, or you may have already done it. Then this course is what you will need to complete your Level Three Security Guard License Renewal.               CONTINUING EDUCATION: C. Security guards must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of continuing education training from an approved source, during the renewal period to maintain their license.

Note; the continung education must be conducted seperately for the anuual (one day) handgun qualification. This does not prohibit officers from attending the first day of the initial Level Three Course as a way to get the four hours of continuing education. Other firearms courses can be used as continuing education. These courses are a good way to improve firearms skills in addition to the minimum standars of the Level Three Handgun renewal.

The purpose of the continuing education is to help the officer maintain the legal standard of “continuous and relevant” training in their carear. Therefore the firearms qualification is kept seperate from the credit of the continuing education requirement. See the Advanced Handgun Recertifications below. For officer and security company improved performance and liability protection we provide advanced training.

Note; the licesning card does not indicate an annual qualification. This is an administrative flaw in the program causing some licensees to believe that the qualification is in conjunction with the two year license renewal mentioned above.  Some officers do not do their annual handgun qualification risking criminal and civil liability in carrying a deadly weapon illegally. This could result in a felony conviction.

The program includes qualification testing with the handgun, classroom and written testing. The classroom portion of the program is about two to three hours done in conjunction with the Initial Level Three Security Guard Course or a seperate program just for renewals.

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Advanced Level Three Handgun Recertification Courses


Officers completing the Basic Handgun Level Three Course know to train on a weekly basis. After one year of working as an armed officer under supervision of the security organization the officer should have mastered the handgun skills taught in the basic course. In addition, the officer should be well versed in emergency response to firearms situations. The officer must zero his weapon live fire at least twice a year in addition to the initial qualification. The officer is invited to attend the basic live fire or the advanced training we offer to develop a high level of skill. The companies are encouraged to have “continous and relevant” training in-service on firearms related safety policies and use of force.

Based on this activity basic level qualification is not ethical or practical. Advanced skills and growth are an important ethical component to prevention of violence and saving lives. Security companies and officers must seek more training to increase public and individual safety.  The state does not require advanced training and skill mastery. Common sense does.

We offer a variety of Advanced Classes that move the participant towards mastering firearms skills. Training is publically and privately conducted.

What are Advanced Skills? These are skills that vary distance and position, timing and technique to deepen fundamental skills. Advanced skills change the environment trained in. Night shooting is an important skill officers need, is an example of an Advanced Skill. Multiple Opponent Tactics is another Advanced Course and skill set officers need.

Course costs vary from $175 to $250. Advanced firearms courses are held once or more a month. Please review the schedule page. Enrollement is done seperate from this page

List of Advanced Courses

  • Night Shooting
  • Multiple Opponent Tactics
  • Combat Handgun Course Serive One and Two
  • Tactical Shooting
  • Accuracy and Speed
  • Moving Targeting
  • Close Contact CQB
  • Cold Weather Firearms

Basic Level Three Handgun Recertification Course Agenda- This Course Offering

Hours may vary depending on starting times, weather and class size and experience. This is a half  day (plus) course, but can be an optional two days . Allow yourself extra time for travel. Do not plan events for the evening’s prior or after the course. Multi-tasking and lack of sleep could lead unsafe conditions.

First Day- Initial Course, Optional but Recommended  Attendance for Recertification, May be used for Continuing Education. May be use to add the New Mexico Concealed Carry License.

Second Day- Basic Range Qualification Day- Initial, Refresher and Renewal( May not be used for Continuing Education)

 Required Attendance in this Course

9 to 1 Range Training and Qualification (winter hours the range is conducted in the afternoon). Multiple range sessions may be available that day. Lunch.

1 to 4:30 Classroom Summary and Written Exercises, Course Review, sign up for advanced training. In lieu of Online Training Presentation and test completition.

Advanced training is recommended in lieu of basic qualification for experienced officers.


NM Concealed Handgun License

New Mexico Concealed Handgun License Benefit

New Mexico Concealed Handgun Licensing Refresher and Renewal  can be accomplished at the same time. Our program meets and exceeds the requirments for concealed cary licensing here in New Mexico. The concealed license is valuable for on and off duty use. The license information can be found at the Department of Public Safety on the link below.


Those officers who have attended our initial Level Three course may apply at a later time with a refresher upgrade to recieve a current concealed carry license certificate. We are required to witness the initial training by law. Officers who have not attended our initial program and would like to recieve the new initial concealed carry certificate will have to attend the initial Level Three Security Handgun Course or the initial concealed handgun class to obtain the initial concealed carry license.  As an add on this can be used for the four hour continuing education reguirment for the two year license renewal.