How to Become a Security Guard in Washington

 

Unarmed and Unarmed Security Guard Requirements in Washington

Home to Seattle, Mount Rainier, Olympic National, and the Pacific Crest Trail, Washington State draws in thousands of visitors every year. It also houses a variety of manufacturing industries, including lumber, aircraft and missiles, transportation equipment, and more. With tourism and manufacturing industries at the forefront of the state’s economy, there is a strong need for security resources.

Unarmed Security Guard Requirements in Washington

To become an unarmed security guard in Washington, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
  • be employed by, or have an offer of employment from, a licensed private security company
  • have no criminal convictions that relate to the capacity to perform security guard duties
  • submit to a background check
  • submit a completed fingerprinted card
  • complete the pre-assignment training requirements

There are a few training requirements applicants must undergo, including training within the following areas:

  • basic security principles
  • legal powers and limitations
  • surveillance operation and documentation
  • emergency response
  • safety and accident prevention
  • report writing
  • first aid overview

Fees to become an unarmed security guard in Washington total $111.

Armed Security Guard Requirements in Washington

To become an armed security guard in Washington, applicants must:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • be already licensed as an unarmed security guard
  • have no felony convictions within the past 10 years
  • submit to drug testing, which may be ongoing
  • submit a fingerprint card
  • have not committed any acts of fraud
  • be employed by, or have an offer of employment from, a licensed private security company
  • hold a Washington driver’s license
  • have a commission issued firearms certificate that is current

Licensing Body: Washington State Department of Licensing

Law: Washington RCW 18.170

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