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How To Become a Security Guard?

Becoming a licensed security guard requires individuals to meet specific requirements and follow a regulated process. Whether you are interested in starting a career in security or seeking to enhance your qualifications, understanding the steps to become a licensed security guard is essential. In this blog, we will guide you through the process, from meeting eligibility criteria to completing the necessary training and obtaining the required license.

Determine Eligibility | Requirements to Be a Security Guard |

Before embarking on the journey to become a licensed security guard, it’s important to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. The basic requirements typically include |

  • Being at least 18 years old
  • Possessing a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Having a clean criminal record
  • Being a legal resident or authorized to work in the United States

Complete Required Training |

To become a licensed security guard, individuals must undergo specific training programs approved by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

The required training course for a Class D security license typically lasts for 40 hours. The duration of the course can vary depending on the training provider and the scheduling options available. Some training programs offer intensive courses that can be completed in a week, while others may provide more flexible scheduling options spread over multiple weeks. The required training covers essential topics such as |

Legal and ethical responsibilities of a security guard

Emergency Procedures and Response

Report Writing and Documentation

Basic First Aid and CPR

Fire Prevention and Safety

Submit an Application |

Once you have completed the necessary training, the next step is to submit an application for a security guard license to the FDACS Division of Licensing. The application will typically require you to provide personal information, proof of completion of the required training, and any supporting documentation.

Fingerprinting and Background Check |

As part of the licensing process, you will need to undergo fingerprinting and a background check. This ensures that individuals with criminal records or disqualifying offenses are not granted security guard licenses.

Pass the State Examination |

After your application and background check have been approved, you will need to pass the state examination for security guards. The exam evaluates your understanding of the relevant laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to security guard duties.

Obtain Your Security Guard License |

Upon successfully passing the state examination, you will be issued a security guard license by the FDACS. This license enables you to legally work as a security guard.

Continuing Education and Renewal |

To maintain your security guard license, you will need to comply with continuing education requirements. This typically involves completing a certain number of hours of approved training within a specified period. Additionally, security guard licenses need to be renewed periodically, usually every two years. It’s important to keep track of your license expiration date and submit the required renewal documentation and fees on time.

Are you ready to start your journey towards becoming a licensed security guard? Shergroup can guide you through the process and provide expert training and support. Visit our website at com to learn more about our comprehensive security services and training programs. Take the first step towards a rewarding career in security with Shergroup today.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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