So I got a call once from a retired marine looking to do some part time work. He wanted to know what exactly he had to do in order to work in security. I told him basically what I'm about to tell you in regards to pre-employment procedures required by the state.
So, to get right into it--
As far as Florida goes, there are two types of guard licenses:
• "D" - General Security Officer License
• "G" - Statewide Firearm License ("D" is a prerequisite)
Managers & Instructors have their own designated licenses (M, DI, K..). For the most part in order to perform unarmed services an individual must have at least a "D" license. If they wish to perform armed services then they must additionally attain the "G."
A 40 hour classroom course is required to be completed for the "D" and an additional 28 hours for the "G." Its pretty much like any other class you would take with powerpoint presentations, videos, and of course testing. The "G" of course highlights firearm instruction and is different in that regard. Prices vary for the courses and can range from $118-500 depending on the school. A good place to search would be your local colleges who tend to offer these courses year round, but there are private institutes who are licensed to do this as well.
But to be honest, this isn't enough and any company that does employ guards must gauge applicant abilities during the interview process AND after. No joke, I once had a supervisor with a mug shot! It's important to always make it easy for guards to know what is expected of them and to additionally provide them with that information. There are great guards out there but in order to get them you have to set the bar a little higher.
So far around 83% of applicants to SAYF don't make it all the way through. In a future post I hope to further discuss the interview process for other companies including ours and the reason for our hiring rate.
If interested, some legit courses:
Tampa - HCC
Orlando - Valencia College
Miami - Miami-Dade College