There are numerous ways in which security guards can be hired. Security guards are usually trained and divided into several different specialties and focus subjects. A guard is first hired based on the specific type of job the employer is seeking. Determining whether the guard will be protecting objects or individuals is the first distinction that an employer will want to make before hiring a security guard. Corporate security guards, those that are trained to handle corporate executives, politicians, dignitaries and high net-value families, fall under “Executive Protection” or “EP.” In contrast, those trained to handle Celebrities, Actors, Musicians, Professional Athletes and other high-profile public individuals are commonly referred to as “Talent Security“. Note that all guards types mentioned above are typically expected to maintain a low profile and be capable of adapting to and remaining as unobtrusive to the client’s lifestyle as possible.
On the contrary, security guards who specialize in monitoring buildings and valuable items are often categorized as surveillance and monitoring task forces. These guards usually have advanced training in land layouts and technological security breaches. Potential security guards are usually hired once they have met necessary security guard training specifications and requirements. At this time, a guard can be critiqued based on other aspects of one’s application.
The best individuals are proactive, clean cut, intelligent, articulate, educated professionals that are trained to prevent a threat to the individuals or objects that they are entrusted to guard.
Security Guard Licenses
Security guards are often asked during hiring processes to provide proof of their security guard cards and training license certificates. All security guards will need this license in order to work for any security guard company or protective service agency . An employer should not assume that a “Bodyguard” license from any state is in and of itself a good indicator of the individuals’ capabilities. The majority of states have no requirements other than a Concealed Handgun License policy and only a few have stringent training requirements. Many of the rest of the states in the U.S. have very low security guard training requirements that meet no professionally recognized minimum training standards.
These licenses have names like Personal Protection Officer (PPO) or Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) and are probably required for the individual to work for a private individual. Most are acquired with very little training as long as one has a “Security Guard” license and $100 to pay for a “Bodyguard” course. If an employer in the hiring process is trying to determine whether or not an individual’s training certification and license is valid they should look to the following list as a guide to the most popular training areas and programs in the country:
- United States Secret Service (Special Agent versus Uniformed Division))
- US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
- US Army Military Police School’s Protective Services Training Course
- US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID)
- US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
- US Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI)or graduates from one of the few, internationally recognized and respected, civilian executive protection schools in the US like;
- Executive Security International(ESI)in Colorado
- Executive Protection Institute in Virginia
- R.L. Oatman & Associates in Maryland
- National Protective Services Institute in Texas
- Gavin de Becker & Associates in California
- The former Vance International in Virginia
- International Training Group in California
- Texas A&M University’s TEEX in Texas
- US Training Center in North Carolina
- Executive Protection International in Massachusetts.
- There is also a University that specializes in Personal Protection Management and offers Bachelors, Master’s and Doctorate level Degrees (see Henley-Putnam University)
- If a candidate attended a school not listed above, ensure that the instructors openly identify themselves, have extensive experience (10+ years) in Government Protective Services or a civilian equivalent and that the course was a MINIMUM of 100 hours of formal personal security training.
- As a second choice, consider “Executive Protection/Protective Services/Corporate Security” personnel from Fortune 500 corporations like Microsoft, Dell, Boeing, IBM, etc., with direct (not limited or collateral) experience.