Course Information

The Armed Guard 8hr Annual course is an 8-hour block of instruction required by ARS 32-2632 and AZ DPS for an armed guard’s annual refresher or renewal application. Fingerprints, photos, and range fees are included in the course cost. State fees, stamps, and ammunition are not included in the course cost.

***Mandatory Annual Training***

Reference AZ DPS licensing unit at; https://www.azdps.gov/licensing/sg for information about which course of instruction is right for you, or contact the instructors via email at Training@dbackshootingsports.com


PREREQUISITES: Current Arizona DPS Armed Guard card

NOTES: Diamondback Training Center or affiliates DO NOT ACTIVELY EMPLOY Unarmed or Armed Guards

Must be lawfully allowed to train with firearms.

What this course covers

  • Current Az DPS Armed guard procedures
  • Required 8 hour annual course for Armed guards
  • Law and legal procedures and ARS statutes
  • De-escalation of a hostile situation
  • Updates on changes with federal or state law
  • Classroom instruction followed by range qualification
  • Proper firearm grip, stance, draw, and defensive shooting
  • 50 round qualification

Required Gear

  • A privately owned firearm
  • Duty/belt with holster, two mag pouches, and a minimum of three magazines
  • 50 rounds of ammunition
  • Range appropriate attire
  • Eye and Ear Protection, Sun Protection
  • Note taking material for the classroom portion

Our Instructors

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. We are constantly updating our training curriculum, making Diamondback an ideal training environment for individuals from every walk of life.


-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-California POST Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

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