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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

Registered NC/SC Security Officers needing to renew their registration

Individuals seeking personal safety and firearms training (Self Defense)

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

Individual/company seeking certified training in the American Red Cross 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. Premier Training is not just a name.

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 Red Cross.

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

Instructor Donnie teaching armed class


Premier President John Honeycutt

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.

Instructor Ernie Torres

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 and Revolver) Security Officer. Certified Defense Technology OC/Pepper Spray and Baton Instructor. American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED. Self Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Instructor Donnie

Donnie Baynard

Certified Instructor
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Gastonia native, Gaston College Basic Law Enforcement graduate, and Gaston County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement background. Experienced Firearm Instructor, certified to teach Armed and Unarmed Security Officers for NC, Handcuff, and Taser.


Handgun and  Ammunition

NC Concealed Handgun Certified

Get your NC Concealed Handgun Permit! 

NC Concealed Carry
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