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The Role of an Unarmed Security Officer

Looking for unarmed security guard jobs in Atlanta, GA and not sure what the requirements are? Here is what you need to know. The state requires armed guards to be licensed and registered, but unarmed guards need only meet state training requirements.


Training for unarmed guards

To meet the requirements in Georgia state rules and regulations, potential unarmed security will need to complete a minimum of 24 hours of training.

Required training includes:

  • Role and responsibilities
  • Observation and patrol
  • Incident response
  • First aid
  • Security resources

The unarmed guard license is valid for two years, but training must be updated every 12 months.


Georgia unarmed security guard requirements include:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old
  • Photo ID must be presented
  • Applicant must be fingerprinted
  • Criminal background check performed
  • High school diploma or  GED required

Typically, security firms will look for previous security, military or law enforcement experience in applicants. Employers will train new guards on the specifics of the location, but will expect competency in a variety of security skill sets such as the ability to keep order, observe unauthorized personnel, property damage or any unusual occurrences.

Guards will need to be in good health and usually capable of conducting regular foot patrols or standing for long periods. They must be capable of effectively communicating with police as needed. Unarmed guards in Atlanta, GA can work in a variety of locations including hospitals, stadiums, businesses, and the TSA.


Ready to Apply?

Unarmed guards in Georgia are in great demand. If you are an experienced guard or are considering becoming a security officer in Atlanta, search our open security jobs in Atlanta or begin the application process on our job board.


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