Public Safety Training Center

How our Public Safety Training Center can help you

Our Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) offers training, in the form of degree programs and individual courses, to law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical service professionals. Many of the courses are also open to the general public. 

Our PSTC programs have been formally recognized for their innovation by The United States Department of Justice, and we're proud to offer them at OCC. 

PSTC Degree Programs

Fire truck
Fire Protection Technology A.A.S.

OCC’s Fire Protection Technology degree is the only program in New York State to offer national firefighter certification

Fire extinguishers
Fire Protection Certificate

Our Fire Protection Certification is offered through one of most progressive programs in the state. 

PSTC Individual Courses

Our Law Enforcement course is taught in two phases. Phase I is taught on-campus, over the course of two semesters, and is a Pre-Employment Basic Course. Students move on to Phase II of their training after they've been hired by a police agency. 

The Phase I Police Academy program is an evening program, meeting three evenings a week from 6:00 -10:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 6:00-8:30 a.m.  Before you register, please make sure you have:

  • A High School Diploma / GED
  • A valid NYS drivers license
  • Proof of US citizenship 
  • Proof of age (All applicants must be at least 19 years old to enroll.)
  • Ability to pass English Placement testing (All applicants must test at ENG-103 level.)
  • Ability to pass a Physical Agility Assessment that includes sit-ups, pushups, and a 1.5mile run in a timed environment
  • Willingness to conduct a phone and/or in-person interview

To Get Started:

Questions? Contact our office at 315-498-6042.

The Public Safety Training Center offers:

  • Courses for fire departments on a contract basis
  • Individual courses for advanced and continuing education
Questions on scheduling or ready to enroll? Stop by Mawhinney Hall, room M350 to obtain information packet, or call 315-498-6042.

Public Safety Critical Incident Management (PSCIM) Course Offerings

Course Number       Course Name  Credits/Hours
EMG-152 PSCIM (Meets Mon/Wed, 11/5 - 11/14,  6-10pm) @ Mulroy Hall, R324 1

This course walks through the basics of:

  • Permit requirements
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Cleaning
  • Safe storage and childproofing

OCC's Handgun Safety Course is taught by NYS DCJS-certified firearms instructors and fulfills requirements for obtaining a pistol permit in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Oswego, and Seneca counties. It's a one-day commitment, that lasts approximately four hours.  The course costs $49 to attend, and is offered at OCC's main campus, OCC's Liverpool campus, and the Community Room (JCPenney wing) at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn.

Participants should not bring guns to the course, since all course materials are provided. 

Register for the Handgun Safety Course online or use the printable form: 

? Term Section Name Day Date of Class Time Location Reg Deadline
JN CE21SP HGS.ce-001-009 Sat May 8, 2021 9:30am-1:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 5/5/21
MA CE21SP HGS.ce-001-010 Tues May 11, 2021 5:00-9:00pm OCC - North Site, Liverpool 5/8/21
MS CE21SP HGS.ce-001-011 Thurs May 20, 2021 5:30-9:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 5/17/21
GD CE21SP HGS.ce-001-012 Wed May 26, 2021 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 5/19/21
JN CE21SU HGS.ce-001-001 Sat June 5, 2021 9:30am-1:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 6/2/21
MA CE21SU HGS.ce-001-002 Tues June 8, 2021 5:00-9:00pm OCC - North Site, Liverpool 6/5/21
MS CE21SU HGS.ce-001-003 Thurs June 17, 2021 5:30-9:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 6/14/21
MR CE21SU HGS.ce-001-004 Wed June 30, 2021 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 6/23/21
JN CE21SU HGS.ce-001-005 Sat July 10, 2021 9:30am?1:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 7/7/21
MA CE21SU HGS.ce-001-006 Tues July 13, 2021 5:00-9:00pm OCC - North Site, Liverpool 7/10/21
MS CE21SU HGS.ce-001-007 Thurs July 22, 2021 5:30-9:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 7/19/21
GD CE21SU HGS.ce-001-008 Wed July 28, 2021 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 7/21/21
MA CE21SU HGS.ce-001-009 Tues August 10, 2021 5:00-9:00pm OCC - North Site, Liverpool 8/7/21
MS CE21SU HGS.ce-001-010 Thurs August 19, 2021 5:30-9:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall-M345 8/12/21
MR CE21SU HGS.ce-001-011 Wed August 25, 2021 5:30-9:30pm Fingerlakes Mall Community Room 8/22/21
MA CE21SU HGS.ce-001-012 Sat August 28, 2021 9:30am -1:30pm OCC-Mawhinney Hall, M345 8/25/21


This is an eight hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card. The course gives a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard, including legal powers and limitations, how to handle emergency situations, access control, and ethics and conduct. The cost to enroll is $75. All students must attend all eight hours of training, and pass an exam to complete the course successfully. 

Register for the Security Guard Training Course online or print and fill out this form:



Security Guard Training Course Schedule
Term Section Name Days Date Time Location Registration Deadline
CE21SP POL.ce-016-001 Tues & Wed June 15 & 16, 2021 5:00-9:00pm OCC Liverpool Campus 6/14/21
CE21SP POL.ce-016-002 Wed & Thurs August 3 & 4, 2021 5:00-9:00pm OCC Liverpool Campus 8/2/21