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Protective Agent Overview

Protective Agent

Career/Program Overview

The CRJU Protective Agent Certificate is designed for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement students and working professionals who have an interest in the field of private security.  This certificate provides students with a comprehensive overview of private security and its role in securing the country’s critical infrastructure as well as training for armed agents.  This certificate meets educational requirements as set forth by the state of Minnesota for Protective Agents.


Program related courses include: Introduction to Private Security, Homeland Security/Defense, Minnesota Criminal Code/Traffic Statutes, Defensive Tactics for Protective Agents, Basic Firearms, and First Responders Training.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a certificate of completion for the Protective Agent/Private security core courses.

Program Start Date(s)

Program-related courses can be taken without sequence in the semester that they are offered.  Some of the courses will be offered on-line, while others will require conventional presentation.

Career Opportunities/Information

Private security is a field that includes the following occupations: Security Guards, Gaming surveillance officers, gaming investigators.  In 2008 there were approximately 1,086,000 employees in the state of Minnesota. 

The projection is for a 14 percent increase in employment positions throughout the state.  This statistic does not take into account employment opportunities out-of-state.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/index.html

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/protective-agent/
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2015-04-01
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