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 CSO Instructor Policy (12/10/19)
 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)

Court Security Officer Academy (CSOA)

Officers complete 6 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:


July 25-29, 2022: (password “cso”)

October 3-7, 2022: (password “cso”)

December 5-9, 2022: (password “cso”)


February 27-March 3, 2023: (password "cso")

June 5-9, 2023: (password "cso")

August 28-September 1, 2023: (password "cso")

November 27-December 1, 2023: (password "cso")


Court Security Officer Firearms Academy (CSOFA)

Administrative Order 2020-148 impacting ACJA 5-306 requires currently-armed CSOs to complete the CSO Academy and CSO Firearms Academy before June 30, 2021.  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 (for exceptions during the pandemic, see Administrative Directive 2020-07).  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.  

Confirmed CSOFA Dates/locations:

August 16-19, 2022 - Williams
November 15-18, 2022 - Florence


Please send completed registration form via email to Donna Lopez at [email protected].
Pending CSOFA Dates/locations**

2023 CSO Firearms Academy Dates and Locations will be posted in December.

** Please hold off on sending registrations for these pending dates as the hotel and range have not been confirmed.

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 more than 35 miles from the training location. Registration is currently open for the following courses: 


August 1-3, 2022: (password “csg”)

October 11-13, 2022: (password “csg”)

November 30-December 2, 2022: (password “csg”)


March 6-8, 2023: (password "csg")

June 12-14, 2023: (password "csg")

August 23-25, 2023: (password "csg")

September 5-7, 2023: (password "csg")

December 4-6, 2023: (password "csg")



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

Continuing Education Opportunities: