To become certified, security guards must complete two training courses. The first course is an eight-hour pre-assignment training course, and the second is a 16-hour on-the-job training course.
A security guard can be armed or unarmed. Most companies require security guards to be certified and licensed. Security guards must also undergo a background check, drug testing and fingerprinting prior to certification. Every year, a security guard needs to pass an eight-hour in-service training course to keep her certification. Fees are required for certification and licensing. Having a degree in criminal justice or security management may also help in receiving a job.