Want to Become a Personal Security Guard? Here's a Step-by-Step Guide

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Sep 25, 2018

Sep 25, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Let's face it. There are way too many careers to pick from. As children, we are asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" And honestly, a lot of us still don't know.

You might find yourself asking, "should I go to college?" "What about a trade school?" "Should I be an entrepreneur?" If going to college really isn't your thing, a quick certification might be exactly what you need.

If you're reading this, it means you're considering becoming a security guard. Personal security is no joke. It takes skill, confidence, and self-reliance.

I'm going to walk you through what it takes to become a security guard and show you the path to guardianship.

So You Think You Can Guard?

Are you someone who has always dreamed of being the hero?

At a young age, we learn that this world is full of unnecessary evils. You don't have to be Christian Bale (aka Batman) to fight crime. Anyone can do it, but a gun and some authority really make it easier!

Security guards work year 'round to keep us safe. Depending on the setting, the duties of a security guard can vary. You could be guarding the mall against theft or keeping fans away from your fav celeb.

In some jobs, the security guard may remain static, meaning they stay in the same spot. Typically a static security guard would keep watch over monitors, calling in when they see a potential problem.

Other times the security guard might make rounds, patrolling and inspecting. This type of personal security may require lots of documenting. You might be asked to assist in some type of escort. This would involve ensuring your client makes it to and from their destinations safely.

No matter what path you choose, personal security is an ever growing field. There are always companies hiring for security positions.

Not all heroes wear capes.

Permission to Guard?

Different states have their own requirements for security guards. Most states will require you to be licensed for security. Fortunately, the certification process is usually pretty short. You will first need to make sure that you meet the requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be a citizen or resident alien of the U.S.

Again, your specific state may have additional requirements. Check your local laws before you spend the time and money getting certified.

Next, you'll want to take a security course. Classroom training can last anywhere from 8-16 hours.

You can find different courses offered by private security companies or you might look into an accredited college. Many colleges throughout your state will offer personal security programs.

After you get your license, you will probably need on the job training. Most larger companies will provide the necessary training once you get hired on.

Get a Carry Permit

Some security guard certification programs include a gun carry permit. If yours doesn't, then you'll want to go ahead and apply for a concealed carry.

A gun permit class is usually a one to two days course with a written test at the end. There are different permits for different types of guns, such as automatic or semi-automatic.

It's important to know and understand gun safety before handling one. Many states will not allow you to even purchase a gun without a permit.

During the course, you will learn how to properly handle, shoot, and disarm different types of guns.

As a security guard, you may want to keep your gun on your side. Criminals are less likely to attack if they can see your gun. On the other hand, it also might help to keep a spare hidden somewhere in the wardrobe.

You'll want to check with your state before you get your concealed carry, as not all states allow security guards to carry guns.

Become Someone's Guardian Angel

Who needs personal security? Banks, hospitals, museums, nightclubs, office buildings, apartment complexes. The list is long my friend.

There are different types of personal security jobs.

Did I mention that cybersecurity is a thing? If you're not much of a people person but you still want to help out, cybersecurity might be right for you.

You might get a job working for a large company, like a mall or apartment complex.

You could also look into personal security. That's where the real money is. This could be the security guards who keep all the unwanted fans away from popular celebs, or this could be the security guard who watches a home when the owners are away.

Pro tip: If you're watching a home or business that has security cameras, consider connecting the cameras to your smartphone. Lots of newer systems are equipped and can connect easily. Check out Zions Security to learn more.

No matter what type of security job you go for, you'll need to have a good resume. Remember that the resume is only to get you the interview. The interview is where you're going to really 'wow' them. Try doing a mock interview with a friend to practice the tough questions.

Preach Personal Security

With the right experience and skill set, you can really soar in a personal security career. All it takes is finding somewhere to start.

If you're looking for something a bit more hands-on, you might consider enlisting in the military. Each branch will teach you the specific skills that you'll need for the job you're assigned. The military will even put you through school if that's something you're interested in.

No matter where you are in life right now, it's never too late to start a new career. Don't stay at a job you hate when you can earn a living doing what you love. Whether it be guarding, a military life, or maybe none of the above, we all deserve a life of fulfillment and happiness.

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