Getting Your Feet Wet’ as an Unarmed Security Guard
If you are curious about working as a security guard and just want to ‘get your feet wet’ before making a full commitment, it may be worthwhile to get an Unarmed Security License. As far as background requirements, typically you just need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent (GED). To get the Level I Training certificate, you only have to take a one day training class (eight hour class), pass a background check, and Live Scan. Depending on the employer, you may need to undergo criminal history investigations or show proof of a clean driving record. However, many positions offer on-the-job training instead of formal training, and do not even require an Unarmed Security License.
What to Expect During and After Training
Level L Training is an eight hour class where you are trained to work as an unarmed security guard, in private protection, or for the California government. The training includes lecture, videos, and hands-on instruction. You will learn your primary role, duties, and responsibilities as a security guard, watch an interactive DVD titled Weapons of Mass Destruction, and complete a BSIS mandated workbook on Awareness and Counter-Terrorism. Once the above items have been completed, you will receive an Unarmed Security License, issued to you by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) website. You don’t even need to wait until you receive your card in the mail before you start working either. Just print out proof that you are active on the BSIS website and show your prospective employer.
Working as an Unarmed Security Guard
Once you obtain your Unarmed Security License and begin working as a security guard, you will most likely be responsible for guarding and patrolling areas with lower crime rates. Some of your duties could include responding to fires and medical emergencies, monitoring security systems and scanners, protecting properties and patrons from theft, vandalism and violence, and patrolling properties or guarding gate entrances. You will also be responsible for filing incident reports in a timely manner. Since you do not have access to a weapon, you must maintain a strong and confident appearance. It is also important to have excellent customer service skills since you will most likely be interacting with customers and members of the public.
Please contact APS for additional information at 1-866-770-0004 or visit Security License or Armed Security License.