Court Security Training

Arizona Code of Judicial Administration (ACJA) §5-304 requires court-employed Court Security Officers (CSOs) to complete the CSO Academy and become certified CSOs within 90 days of hire.  

ACJA §5-308 requires persons who provide court security services and who are not employed directly by a court (such as private security vendors and volunteers) to complete the Court Security Guard Academy within 90 days of providing court security services.

Peace Officers who are currently certified by AZ Post and who provide court security services may attend the Court Security Guard Academy for information purposes, however they are not eligible by statute for Court Security Officer certification.


 LinkIcon CSO Academy Examination Policy (10/1/2019) 
 LinkIcon CSO Academy Attendance Policy (5/6/22) LinkIcon Court Security Participant Conduct Policy (5/1/23) 
 LinkIcon Court Security Instructor Policy (5/10/24)
 LinkIcon CSO Computer Based Training (5/14/20)


 LinkIcon Court Security Officer Request for Certification
 LinkIcon Armed CSO PJ Requirements Form (Appendix A)
 LinkIcon Armed CSO Conditions of Arming Form (Appendix B)  
  Lead Instructor Application (5/10/24)

Court Security Officer Academy (CSOA)

Officers complete 7 computer-based courses online before attending a 5-day in-person Academy held in Phoenix. The AOC will provide lodging for officers more than 35 miles from the training location. Registration is currently open for the following courses:

August 5-9, 2024 (password "cso") - registration closed
October 7-11, 2024 (password "cso") 
December 2-6, 2024 (password "cso")

February 24-28, 2025 (password "cso")
April 28 - May 2, 2025 (password "cso")
June 2-6, 2025 (password "cso")


Court Security Officer Firearms Academy (CSOFA) 

Successful completion of the Court Security Officer Academy (CSOA) or current AZ CSO certification is generally required prior to attendance at any Court Security Officer Firearms Academy.  Please note that Academy registration is first come, first served and must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the training date.  Officers will be notified via email if their registration is confirmed or if they must register for another available academy date.  

2024 CSOFA Dates/locations:

August 27-30, 2024 - Williams - registration closed

October 22-25, 2024 - Florence

Please send completed registration form via email to Donna Lopez at [email protected].


Court Security Officer Firearms Train-the-Trainer (CSOFA TTT)


2025 TBD


Court Security Guard Academy (CSGA)

The Court Security Guard Academy is a 3-day in-person Academy held in Phoenix for Court Security Guards who are not eligible for certification (contractors, volunteers, non-certified law enforcement). The AOC will provide lodging for court security guards whose residence and duty post are more than a 35-mile radius from the training location.

Effective October 3, 2022, registration must be completed using the following Court Security Guard Academy Attendee Authorization form and the Court Security Guard Academy Registration form.  Once completed and signed, they must be emailed to Donna Lopez ([email protected]) no later than 5 weeks prior to the start date of the academy.   If you have any questions, please contact Mike Dzezinski at [email protected]. 

Security Guard Academy Attendee Authorization Form
Security Guard Academy Registration Form


Registration is currently open for the following dates: 


August 12-14, 2024 - registration closed
October 15-17, 2024
December 9-11, 2024


Court Security Resources:

This section provides information and continuing education training opportunities to court staff, security officers. and guards.


LinkIcon Court Security Codes Implementation Checklist
 Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Guide
LinkIcon Request for Certification
LinkIcon Judicial Security Best-Practices
LinkIcon Security Assessment Checklist
Security Plan Template
LinkIcon Steps to Best Practices for Court Building Security

Continuing Education Opportunities: