How to Become a Security Guard in South Carolina

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) requires that a license is obtained for those looking to work as unarmed or armed security guards. Licensing costs for an armed security guard is typically $110 and $65 for an unarmed guard.

Unarmed Security Guard Requirements in South Carolina

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • The applicant must have good moral character.
  • The applicant cannot have drug or alcohol dependence and must successfully pass a drug test.
  • The applicant cannot have any previous felony convictions.
  • The applicant cannot have any disabilities that would prevent performance of duty.
  • The applicant must submit fingerprints.
  • The applicant must submit to a criminal background check.
  • The applicant must complete four or more hours of required training by a SLED certified trainer and must successfully pass the written exam.

Armed Security Guard Requirements in South Carolina

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years old.
  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalency.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • The applicant must be mentally competent.
  • The applicant must have good moral character.
  • The applicant cannot have any alcohol or drug dependence and must successfully pass a drug test.
  • The applicant cannot have any prior felony convictions.
  • The applicant cannot have any disabilities that would prevent performance of duty.
  • The applicant must submit fingerprints.
  • The applicant must submit to a criminal background check.
  • The applicant must complete four hours of required training by a SLED certified trainer and successfully pass a written exam.
  • Four hours of handgun training is required by a SLED certified trainer.

To learn more about the requirements to become a security guard in South Carolina, visit SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a security guard, contact Security Resources today at 877-477-9638.

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