In order to become an unarmed security guard in the state of Maryland, one has to first obtain certification via security guard training. Necessary certification can be obtained through the company or security agency that is hiring. Be aware that applications submitted will also proceed through the company or security agency to the Secretary of State.
Security Guard Requirements
- Being of 18 years of age or older
- Being a citizen of the United States or a registered resident alien
- Submitting to being finger printed
- Submitting to background check
- Being able to be tested for drugs currently and in the future
- Having not committed acts of fraud
- Having good moral standards and character
Additional conditions that normally are of assistance include having a valid driver’s license, being in good physical shape, having the ability to stand for extended periods of time and possessing thorough communication skills.
Security Guard Training Program
Furthermore, the basic training subjects that are within the security guard training course involve:
- The role of private security
- Legal aspects
- Patrol and observation
- Incident response
- Security resources: Surveillance operation and documentation
- Customer service issues: Working with and addressing the public
- First aid overview
Note that these are just the basic requirements and more subjects can be taken and added.
Also, fees for application and fingerprinting could be mandatory if hired.
Labor and Wage Numbers for Security Guards
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Data extracted on December 26, 2013
We recommend for all applicants to read Title 19, Security Guard Agencies and Security Guard Certification, or contact the Maryland State Police Licensing Division (410- 653-4500) for further insight.