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Become a Security Guard

Updated on March 30, 2017

Become a Security Guard Book

Becoming a Security Guard book
Becoming a Security Guard book

How to Become a Security Guard

How to become a security guard is a brief overview about work in the security industry. Security is everywhere you go, there is somebody guarding the front desk at the bank, the parking lot at a church might have a security guard patrolling it. Security guards are not like bouncers at a club, to become a security guard you need specialized skills and the will to take responsibility. Many people who go into law enforcement can use the experience of being a security guard as a bridge to help them further their career.

In order to become a security guard there are a few things you will need. First you will need to obtain a guard card. This qualification can be given through classes by an employer or by a private company. Each class to obtain this card will vary depending on the employer's needs of security. Since security can be as simple as patrolling an area where there is not a lot of activity up to carrying a weapon, it depends on what type of security you will be doing.

There is sometimes a fitness test that you need to take along with a written test. Those who pass can be given their guard card and begin work immediately. If you have any facial hair or long hair you may be required to cut it or shave it off. Security personnel are generally clean shaven and neat so that if an instance did arise a potential threat could be neutralized by the guard.

To become a security guard you might need a high school diploma and a valid driver's license, a college degree is not necessary but having one will not over qualify you for a position. Those who work security take their job seriously and can make a career out of it by working security for many functions.

Security guards have very flexible schedules and can work different types of environments; if you work freelance then you could work a variety of jobs and expand your client base considerably. Since security has tightened in the post 9/11 era there are more jobs available than ever before, people want to feel safe and the presence of a uniformed security guard gives your business piece of mind.

If you want to become a security guard and you are not sure what to expect you can always ask the person who works security what its like. They will be honest with you and you can start to understand what it takes and if you have the drive to join their ranks. Some security guards are paid minimum wage while those that carry weapons are paid much higher because of the risks involved.

Security is not designed to play on anybody fears but to give those who need a little extra help that right. Security guards can work full time or part time, people looking for a second job might find that working security can give them a sense of pride about their work. Many companies will train you so you have the skills they need to protect their business.

About the Author: After being in small businesses, including security, for over 13 years Tammy Love is now sharing her knowledge and helping others to change careers or start a small business through her websites.

Local Security provides a free ebook called Becoming a Security Guard - it is a really good introduction to the industry if you are thinking about becoming a security guard or starting a local security business.


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      brian 4 years ago

      I would rather be black to be a security guard.

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      OMAR 5 years ago

      Hello everyone, i have a security company and i being in business for years, i teach also the class for people who wants to become security guards, so if you are thinking of becoming a security guard give me a call to set an appointment for the class, i do the class twice a week and its 8 hours and a common sense test, i explain the course and make sure that everyone understand and pass the exam, i also help people who is their English as second language so there are fees applies to get the guard card which are

      $80 class fees

      $70.00 fingerprints

      $50.00 burearu of security and investigation.

      total =$ 200.00

      i can help you to get that and also i will give you hints of where to apply and how to get security jobs in minutes.

      i am located in Oakland California and i can be reach at 510-200-3007.


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      Darius 5 years ago

      I dont think that is right that a male have to cut his hair just to get qualified for a security job I really dont aprove that part but everything else was helpful thanks!!!!

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      Deepankar Roy 6 years ago

      I want to become a security guard so plz can you help me regarding that.

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      rajib 6 years ago

      I would a good security guard. so some information need of.

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      Guard Training 6 years ago

      Becoming an unarmed security guard is a great career move. Great flexibility and solid job prospects.

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      Flight Training 6 years ago

      Very helpful post. I am trying to switch jobs into a security guard and I'll start with this book. Thanks.

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      2 Man Bivvy 6 years ago

      I've been interested in becomeing a security guard for a while, thanks for posting this!

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      6 years ago

      i want to know if my friend who has long hair and has obtained his guard card. I'm worried i have lead him into something that may demand him to cut his long hair .. He is not willing to cut it so was this a waste of time and money for him?

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      About Forklift Training 6 years ago

      Great hub - interesting industry to be a part of although there is a hang of a lot to learn!

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      John 6 years ago

      Thank you for the info. My brother wants to become a security guard. I will recommend him the ebook you mentioned.

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      celtman17 6 years ago

      Some good starter info, my son wants to become a security guard. Now I can give him a few pointers on how to get started.

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      Elvena 6 years ago

      I really interested to join with security guard training. Is there anyone here who have a female friend who join with security guard training?

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      edge 6 years ago

      Interesting perspective - I never considered security guard training as a possible profession to pursue.

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      OBEY  7 years ago

      Thats a great article, but every state ihas different requirements. Thus, Florida Security Guard Licenses are divided into two types: Class D License and Class G License. D License for working as Unarmed Security Guard & G to become an Armed Security Guard. If you are living in the State of Florida then check OBEY Security they have a really good Training Center

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      Mike 7 years ago

      I got the free ebook and it really helped! Thanks

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      Shea Butter For Hair 7 years ago

      Thanks for this great info! My friend is a security guard and he simply loves the flexibility of his job.

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      security guard training 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this, I'm applying to a security guard training course and this will help tremendously.

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      Security Guard Center 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great info about security guard licensing... Very helpful!

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      Outsourcing Coach - Thom 7 years ago

      Great hub, I have a nephew that wants to be a security guard. I'm going to direct him to this hub.

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      Security Guard License 7 years ago

      Great hub... I read your security guard ebook and agree that it can be of great help for people who are just starting their career as a security guard. Like you, we experienced that a lot of people don't know how to start the security guard license application process. We started a website that provides them with step-by-step guides on how to get their security guard license for the state they live in.

      I'd love to publish an ebook as well about how to get licensed as a security guard, but you've raised the bar for anyone wanting to do something like this in the future. Thank you for helping new security guards...

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      Buffness Supreme 7 years ago

      Yah, Being a security Guard is the best occupation in the world. Now that you've provided this helpful book-the job has become even more intense for me. Intense like my workouts.....

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      Tim M√§lzer Kochmesser 7 years ago

      Finally a starting point so I can become a security guard myself. Thank you

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      Maxo 7 years ago

      I would like to become a security office or guard

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      Anthurium 7 years ago

      Thanks for creating this excellent hub on security guard training.

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      Nelson 7 years ago

      i am interested to work as a Security Guard with not certificates from oversea Cameroon

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      Tips to get back your ex 7 years ago

      thanks for providing all required basic info

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      allenschubber 7 years ago

      is any class in the Nampa Boise area for become a security guard

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      Guard Training Center 7 years ago

      This is a great article! Detailed information and to the point. Our company offers classes to obtain a guard card and we even help with job placement once the class is over. We offer great service. Check us out at

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      P90X Reviews 7 years ago

      Great security guard info! I'll pass this onto a friend of mine who is thinking about becoming one.

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      vijay 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the detailed info for becoming security guard.

      Can we have some free ebooks on this available in market?

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      Small Coffee Tables 7 years ago

      Great post about becoming a security guard. I have been thinking about becoming a security guard but I just don't know if it will be for me or not.

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      Htc desire case 7 years ago

      Thankyou miss. My uncle wants to be a security guard

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      jakegreen 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks for making this hub brief and to the point. I learned the basics and it didn't take me forever to read.

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      security guard training 7 years ago

      I agree with Pete above. Great Hub! Thanks!

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      Pete 7 years ago

      Very nice introduction to how to become a security guard. Definitely recommended.


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