Unarmed Security Guard Training in Washington

March 28, 2013

In the state of Washington you must be licensed to work as a security guard. Licensing is handled by the Washington State Department of Licensing. Approval for a license requires that meet the following criteria.

Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Be employed by or have an employment offer from a licensed private security guard company.
  • No disqualifying felony or criminal conviction.
  • Complete pre-assignment training.

Training

The pre-assignment training includes at least 8 hours of training within the following topics:

  • Basic principals
  • Legal powers and limitations
  • Emergency response
  • Safety and accident prevention
  • Report writing

The post-assignment training includes at least 8 hours of training within the following topics:

  • Basic role of private security guards
  • Legal aspects of private security
  • Security officer conduct
  • Observation and incident reporting
  • Principles of communication
  • Principles of access control
  • Principles of safeguarding information
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Life safety awareness
  • Job assignment and post orders

Maintenance

4 hours of refresher training must be completed annually.

Application process

To apply for a license you must submit an application form to the Public Protection Services Department of Licensing.  In addition you should also make sure you have:

  • 1 completed fingerprint card

Fees

There is a $111 unarmed private security guard license fee.

Renewal is $85.

Resources

WSDoL: Security guards

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