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Armed Security Guard Training in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the armed security guard falls under the Protective agency. The Protective agency is the company that is offering security services. The contracting security agent must be licensed. However, an armed security guard hired by this Protective Agent doesn’t have to be licensed. However, there are certain criteria that must be met including firearms training.

Basic Requirements for an Armed Security Guard in Minnesota:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • United States citizen or registered resident alien
  • Successfully passing a background check which include drug testing
  • Minnesota state driver’s License
  • Good physical conditioning
  • No mental instability
  • No drug use or dependency
  • No acts of fraud or convictions

Basic Training

Training consistent of 12 hours of reassignment training, which may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Private Security Role and duties
  • Legal Affairs
  • Patrol and Observation
  • Incident Response
  • Surveillance operation and documentation
  • Working with and addressing the public
  • First Aid & CPR

Weapons Training

In addition to the 12 hours of initial training, armed security guards in Minnesota must to complete an additional 12 hours of armed training. Additionally, all armed guards must complete six hours continuing training annually.

For more information, please read Minnesota Statute or call (651)793-2666.


(1)    Training Requirements
(2)    Private Detective/Investigator and Protective Agent Core Training Content Objectives Armed Persons (PDF file)

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