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About Us

Charlotte-based Premier Training Academy opened its doors in 2003. Our founder, David Bailey, had a vision. With 40+ years of experience in the industry, he anticipated the increased demand for professional Security Officers in the Carolinas. And recognized the importance of ensuring there were highly skilled and trained professionals to meet the challenge.

He was right.

The Carolinas continue to grow in record numbers.

The marked increase in the business and residential

populations has created an ever-growing demand for

qualified Security Professionals.

In response, we have expanded our services as well.

We’ve established professional partnerships to offer

even more training and development opportunities to

obtain certified life-saving skills.

Our certified courses for NC Security Officer Training

SC Security Officer Training

Specialized Firearms Training/support

and First Aid, CPR/AED, BLS are designed to meet

the needs of:

NC/SC residents seeking a career in professional security

Employers seeking to train/develop a roster of qualified Security Providers

Licensed NC/SC Security Officers needing to renew their licenses

Individuals seeking training certification to apply for a NC Concealed Carry Handgun Permit (CCH)

Individual/company seeking certified training in the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) First Aid/CPR/AED curriculum

Healthcare Providers needing certification/renewal for Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.


Over the years, we have grown into the highest quality Security Officer training program in the region.

Our experienced staff of qualified trainers are fully certified. We are accredited by the NC Private Protective Services Board (PPSB), the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), American Heart Association (AHA),  and the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI).

We are proud to have successfully helped more than 10,000 graduates join the ranks of licensed Security Officers.




John Honeycutt

President/Certified Instructor
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Security Officer industry experience since 2001. Gaston College Basic Law Enforcement graduate, former Law Enforcement Officer and Army National Guardsman. Certified Instructor by NC PPSB for Unarmed, Armed (Semi-automatic, Revolver, Shotgun, and Patrol Rifle). Certified Defense Technology OC/Pepper Spray and Monadnock Baton Instructor.


Ernie Torres

Certified Instructor
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US Navy Retired, Virginia Registered Security Officer and Personal Protection Specialist with Private Detective background. Certified Instructor by NC PPSB for Unarmed, Armed (Semi-automatic, Revolver). Certified Defense Technology OC/Pepper Spray Instructor. American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED. Self Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor.


Vince Costner

Certified Instructor
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Gastonia native, Marine veteran, and licensed Security Officer with active Company Police Officer background. Experienced Firearm Instructor, certified to teach Armed and Unarmed Security Officers for NC/SC, OC/Pepper Spray, Handcuff, Baton, and Firearms.


Handgun and  Ammunition

NC Concealed Handgun Certified

Get your NC Concealed Handgun Permit! 

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