What Makes a Security Guard Qualified?



Professional Commercial Security Services:

  • ARMED and UNARMED SECURITY OFFICERS: uniformed, certified, and highly trained.
  • ARMED and UNARMED PLAINCLOTHES OFFICERS: when you need discreet security services.
  • MOBILE PATROL SERVICES: we monitor and keep your premises safe.
  • FIREWATCH: we identify fire hazards and alert the fire department in the event of an outbreak.
  • LOSS PREVENTION: we strategically mitigate loss and prevent theft.
  • EMERGENCY SERVICES: when you need immediate and temporary security presence for break-ins, employee terminations, or recent crimes.

Security guards are an important part of any community. They help keep people safe and deter crime in many ways. Security guards (either armed or unarmed) can protect the staff and physical property of a company, or provide safety and act as a deterrent for potential criminal activity by watching crowds or patrolling parking lots.

There are certain requirements that both armed and unarmed security guards must meet before they can work as one. Unarmed guard qualifications typically include things like passing a background check, taking a physical fitness test, having good vision and hearing, being able to pass a drug test, and getting CPR certification. While armed guard qualifications can include additional things like obtaining a firearms permit, additional background checks, and target practice.

What qualities make a good security officer?

In addition to meeting the necessary qualifications for working in this field, there is also training required for each type of security guard position that employees typically have based on their security role.

What kind of education and experience is required to be a security guard?

Typically, an unarmed security guard should have a high school diploma or equivalent but having additional education in courses related to criminal justice can give applicants an edge in the hiring process. Armed guards will also have a better chance at getting hired if they have at least two years of military service or law enforcement experience in addition to the education requirements. And for either role, previous experience in roles that covered loss prevention or investigation.

Are there specific certifications that can make a prospective security guard more qualified? 

Yes, while licensure qualifications can vary by state, there are certain qualifications that can help make a security guard more qualified. For example, in Texas, armed guards should at least have firearms training and certification from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). In Washington State, those wanting to get certified would apply via the Washington State Department of Licensing. Unarmed security officers should also be trained in techniques such as conflict resolution or de-escalation which can help them maintain order without having to resort to physical.

What is the benefit of a security guard service that has strict qualifications and certification requirements?

The main benefit of working with a security guard service that has a thorough hiring process with strict qualifications and certifications is accountability. Armed guards will be properly trained in their job and professional, which means they won’t need to rely on physical strength or intimidation to keep order. Armed officers are also more likely to follow the law properly because it’s required by state regulations for them to understand and pass the requirements needed to obtain their licenses.

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