How to Become a Security Guard in Utah

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Utah, also known as the Beehive State, is concentrated by population into two areas: the Wasatch Front with a population of over 2 million and Washington County with over 150,000 residents. As the second fastest-growing state, Utah is home to many colleges and universities as well as five national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. There are also eight national monuments, seven national forests, and a plethora of cultural attractions like Temple Square and the Sundance Film Festival that make tourism a major industry in Utah.

Unarmed Security Guard Requirements in Utah

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

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a valid social security number
  • have a Utah driver’s license
  • submit two fingerprint cards or electronic fingerprints
  • submit a certificate of completion of 24 hours of classroom training with a minimum score of 80 percent
  • pass a drug test and background check

There is an application processing fee of $100 and an unarmed security guard license in Utah must be renewed every two years. Training may include legal aspects, incident response, surveillance operation, first aid overview, and more.

Armed Security Guard Requirements in Utah

To become an armed security guard in Utah, there are additional training requirements. In addition to the basic security guard requirements, applicants must be at least 21 years old and complete firearms training. The firearms training course focuses on your particular firearm in accordance with the rules of the licensing act. A certification of completion must be submitted showing you have completed six hours of firearm instruction and six hours at the range. The application processing fee is $100.

Licensing Body: State of Utah Division of Occupational and Prof Licensing

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