How to Become a Security Guard in Wisconsin

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Also known as America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin is one of the nation’s leading dairy producers and is famous for its cheese. The state is also known for its manufacturing industry, particularly paper products, and information technology and tourism, which all contribute greatly to its economy. With these profitable industries in full-swing, security guards are needed now more than ever.

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

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • submit to drug testing
  • submit to a criminal background check
  • submit to electronic fingerprinting
  • present two forms of photo ID, including a passport
  • partake in state-required security guard training

Unarmed security guard training will cover topics such as:

  • the role of private security
  • reporting and documentation
  • operation of surveillance equipment
  • legalities of detention and arrest

Armed Security Guard Requirements in Wisconsin

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

  • be at least 21 years old
  • be a U.S. citizen or legal alien
  • pass a drug test
  • have no felony convictions
  • submit to a criminal background check
  • submit to electronic fingerprinting
  • present two forms of photo ID
  • partake in state-required security guard training

Successful completion of a 36-hour Wisconsin state-approved firearms course is also required to become an armed security guard. Often, security companies require a refresher course to be taken annually.

Licensing Body: Department of Safety and Professional Services

Law: Chapter SPS 31

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