Employer Requirements for Hiring Security Guards

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What Security Guard Companies Look for when Hiring New Security Officers

Even if the state you want to be a security guard doesn’t have license or specific occupational requirements for you to be a security guard, the company that hires you might have a short or long list of requirements. These requirements might be experience, skills, citizenship, psychological, physical or absence of criminal and drug records. Having these requirements helps protect the security company from civil and criminal lawsuits and liability as well as providing excellent guards for their clients.

Education and Age Requirements

  • Have s a high school diploma or equivalent, such as GED.
  • Be at least 18, or even 21, years old.
  • Provide verification of education.

Citizenship and State of Residency Requirements

  • Be a US citizen or have US resident status.
  • Be a resident of the state you’ll be working as a guard in.

Background Check Requirements

  • None or minor criminal history.
  • Supply personal references.
  • Have a good driving record according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Pass a credit check.
  • Not be delinquent in child support payments.

Drug Screening Requirements

  • Not use illegal drugs. Be able to pass a drug test with negative results, except if undergoing documented medical treatment.

Skill Requirements

  • Ability to operate radio or telephone equipment and/or console monitors.
  • Ability to interact cordially and communicate with the public.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Ability to assess and evaluate situations effectively.
  • Ability to identify critical issues quickly and accurately.
  • Attention to detail.

Experience Requirements

  • If previously employed, meaningful and verifiable work history.
  • If discharged from the military, provideĀ  a DD214 discharge document with discharge status indicated.

Psychological Requirements

  • Pass a MMPI (Psychological testing), if armed or otherwise required by the client.

Physical Requirements

  • Pass a physical exam, if armed or required by client contract.

Drivers License Requirements

  • Pass a State licensing test if driving a company-owned or client-provided vehicle.
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