Security guards are an essential resource in today's society for protecting personal and corporate property, people as well as surveillance and deterrence against theft. While it is common knowledge that college is the best way for a job, is it necessary or worthwhile to become a security guard?

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-Training for unarmed security guards

The requirements for unarmed guard training vary depending on where you live and/or plan to work in the United States of America. Each state has its own requirements for security officers, but the following is a list of some general requirements that can be applied to all states.

  • At least 18 years old or older
  • Pass a state and F.B.I. Background check
  • No prior convictions for felony
  • Completion and passing the guard training program

These requirements can be modified or added to by most states. Potential candidates will find that the requirements for formal education are minimal if any. As long as you pass the exams, your guard card/guard license will be issued.

-Instructions for Armed Security Guards

An armed security guard must meet stricter requirements to fulfill their training requirements and be licensed as an Armed Security Officer. The requirements for armed security officers vary from one state to the next, but they generally include all the unarmed requirements.

  • You are able to get a firearm permit
  • Possibility to obtain a concealed weapons permit
  • Completion and passing additional state-mandated firearm training
  • Unarmed guards have very few formal education requirements, if any, for armed guards.


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