Its both, in NC armed security would be sworn LEO's. But certified security qualifies for standard blue label pricing, some private distributers will not order guns for un sworn people however, so there are differences. A blue label standard price for a sworn officer as ordered direct will be sig. cheaper than an off the shelf purchase from a gun shop. I had to by last week off the shelf because of time constraints and paid $60 more or so. FYI if you can order direct and wait on the gun you should come out cheaper.