Unarmed Security Guard Training in Hawaii

July 13, 2012

A license to become a security guard in Hawaii is only required if the hiring company requires it. As an unarmed security guard one can work the principal in the licensed hiring company without the need for a license.

Starting July 1, 2013 all security guards must meet the following criteria.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Provide evidence of high school education of equivalent.
  • No felony or criminal convictions within 10 years of application.
  • Emotionally and mentally stable.
  • Complete 8 hours of pre-assigned security guard training. After this application form can be completed.

Course description

The 8 hour training course includes, but is not limited to;

  • State and federal law regarding the legal limitations on the actions of guards.
  • Access control, safety, fire detection and reporting and emergency response.
  • Homeland security and procedures.
  • When and how to notify public authorities.
  • Techniques of observation and reporting of incidents.
  • Patrolling fundamentals.
  • Professional ethics.
  • Professional image and aloha training.


4 hours of classroom training is required annually to maintain a license.

Application process

License registration, if required, is handled by the employer.


There may be a fee associated with the registration.


For more information contact the Professional and Vocational Licensing department of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs at http://hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/contact.

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