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Armed Security Guard Training in South Carolina

In South Carolina, an armed security guard must apply for a license through the security company that he or see work for. The hiring companies with forward all information to SLED for approval. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) administers the license. There are certain criteria that must be met before a license will be approved.

Basic requirements for armed security guards in South Carolina:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be a United States citizen or resident alien
  • Mentally competent
  • Have good moral character
  • No drug or alcohol use or dependence
  • Must successfully pass a drug test
  • No felony convictions
  • No disabilities that would prevent performance of duty
  • Finger print card
  • Submit to criminal background check
  • Complete required training by a SLED certified trainer

Training Curriculum:

The hiring company provides the required training. Four or more hours of training must be completed and a written exam passed and scored. The training must be material from the South Carolina Technical College Private Security Training School. A basic training conducted may include but is not limited to the following:

  1. Role of Private Security
  2. Legal Aspects
  3. Patrol and Observation
  4. Incident Response
  5. Security Resources: Surveillance operation and documentation
  6. Customer Service Issues: Working with and addressing the public
  7. First Aid Overview

Firearms Training

In addition to completing the above training, an additional four hours of handgun training by a SLED certified firearms trainer must be successfully completed. Shotguns and rifles are prohibited.

Fees are nonrefundable

  • Licensing: $110
  • For more information, please call 803-737-9000.


13 Responses to “Armed Security Guard Training in South Carolina”

  1. i was wondering what i would need if i am a former infantry soldier from the us army, and i have my concealed gun permanent what do i need to be come a armed security guard. if you could Email me back thank you have a nice day.

  2. I have my CWP and I am wondering what I would need to become a Armed Security Guard. Please at your earliest convenience contact me with the information at my email address. Thank you for your assistance.


    Willaim Bashor

  3. I currently possess a New York State armed guard license, and thinking of relocating to South Carolina someday. Would I need to repeat the training process, or is there clause in place for license and experience from another state.

  4. Hello, I am very interested in a career in armed security. My experience in firearms, tactics, and dealing with the public are limited but far from none.
    Does this make it harder for me to enlist for uniform?

  5. I already have a cwp, what must I do to obtain a armed security guard permit ?

  6. How can get sled card so go to work as private security

  7. Do I have to already have security guard license to begin this course?

  8. I need a practice test for armed security in sc

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  10. Can I start my own security company with just a CWP? If not, what kind of process and licensing/training would I have to go through?

  11. Do you need to have a armed sled card to carry a taser gun ?

  12. When is your next class for primary basic training?

  13. I am a Career Specialist working with a school district and I was wondering if you would be willing to do virtual training for my students who are interested in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career?

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