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City of Philadelphia

Bouncer Certification

The MDO is charged with administering the City’s Bouncer Certification program. All security personnel at restaurants, clubs, bars and similar establishments must be certified and all establishments should have certificates on-site.

Certificates are only provided by city-approved, 3rd party trainers. A list of approved trainers is below. Bouncers shall apply for registration with the City by submitting a copy of their certificate to

Those interested in providing training should review the regulations below and may apply by completing the application.