Security guards in Ohio are tasked with the prevention of crime, the protection of people and property, and the enforcement of law. There are no licensing requirements to work an unarmed security guard in Ohio if you are working with a licensed security provider. However the company you work with will have to register you as an officer with the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) three days after and within seven days of hiring you as an unarmed security guard.
Ohio Security Guards Requirements
The security provider should have either a Class A or Class C license. Class A licensees can provide private investigator and security guard services, while the Class C licensees can only provide security services. Applicants must have a clean criminal record.
- All security guards should be at least 18 years old at the time of registration.
- All guards must be US citizen or should be authorized to work in the United States.
- Criminal background check conducted by the Ohio State Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Fingerprints should be submitted to the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation for the purpose of conducting a criminal records check.
- Physically and mentally fit to fulfill the duties of a guard
- One recent full-face photograph
- Examination / Competency test ($25)
- Pass a written examination conducted by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The exam test knowledge of the laws and rules related to security services.
Although there are no specific requirements for unarmed security guard training in Ohio, the security company may have training requirements to maintain the standard of their service. Basic peace officer training may be required with an agency approved by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Training covers defensive techniques, tactical response training, first aid and CPR.
Additional requirements to obtain Security Guard provider license
- Five character references from people who are not related to the applicant and have known the applicant for at least five years at the time of application
- No felony convictions in the last 20 years.
- Two years of experience in security services, investigatory services or law enforcement.
- Proof of comprehensive liability insurance r, of not less than one hundred thousand dollars for each person and three hundred thousand dollars for each occurrence for bodily injury liability, and one hundred thousand dollars for property damage liability
- Application / Licensing fee ($375, refunded if your application is rejected)
To work as an armed security guard in Ohio, you must complete weapons training and apply for an armed guard license.
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