One of the frequently asked questions about becoming a security guard is that of security clearance requirements. Many erroneously believe that having any misdemeanors will automatically disqualify them from being able to pursue a career path in security. This is not always the case.

Basic Requirements for Security Guards

Regardless of the position or the company that the security guard will find himself working for, no employer wants an employee who has a drug dependency issue. Illegal substances found in a security guard’s system at the time of licensing, and during such times as the employer deems necessary, are grounds for expulsion or release from a job site. Considering the sensitive nature of security work, the use of drugs, even recreationally, is not tolerated. Likewise, those who abuse alcohol or prescription drugs are not considered suitable for working in the security industry. Additionally, the potential security guard must be a legal resident of the United States of America, and cannot have been convicted of any high crime. This can vary, however, from state to state and from employer to employer.

Advanced Requirements for Security Guards

Those who choose to work for larger installations and may find themselves acting as a military liaison in a foreign country must meet the above requirements along with a few additional criteria. First aid and CPR classes are generally mandatory of all armed security officers. Depending on where the officer finds himself working, he may also be required to fill out and sign a note of non-disclosure and a non-compete affidavit. These documents simply state that the employee will not disclose nor discuss company secrets or other proprietary information as long as they work there. The non-compete affidavit covers anything that the non-disclosure document doesn’t cover. Many security officers are not given exclusive access to company information. The only exception to this may be security codes and authorizations into various security systems maintained within the facility.

Security Guard Clearance Requirements

Security guard requirements and clearances also include a thorough background check and may include everything from fingerprinting to financial records. Most notably financial records and credit reports may be utilized if the guard is to be working in a high profile financial facility, or placed in a position where large sums of money are being transported or guarded.

Security clearance requirements may seem stringent at first, and may act as a deterrent to some potential students. However, each company, client, and facility has its own set of requirements and regulations, and the potential employee would do well to contact the installation personally to ask what those requirements might be. It is to be understood that security guards often act as the last barrier between the client and potential harm or malice and to that end must be held to a high standard and code of conduct.

Understanding this can aid the prospective student in making a wise and informed decision on their future occupation.