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Security Guard Training in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, unarmed security guards are required to registered but not licensed if guard is an employee of a licensed security company. It is the responsibility of the licensed company to ensure that all employees are registered within seven business days of hire. Registration renewal required annually. The basic requirements that may be required from the hiring company is as follows:

Basic requirements for an unarmed security guard in Ohio:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • United States citizen or resident alien
  • May require proof of high school diploma or equivalent
  • No felony convictions or misdemeanors associated with violence (which includes domestic), drugs (use or sale), theft or fraud
  • Good moral character
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • No mental disorders or defects that will prohibit performance of duties
  • Employed by a private security company and under supervision from a licensed patrol officer
  • Fingerprint card

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Driver’s License
  • Good Communication skills
  • Good physical conditioning
  • Be able to stand long periods of time

Fees: All fees are non-refundable

  • Registration fee: $25

For more information, please see Ohio Dept of Public Safety Laws & Rules or call (614) 466-4130. Application and other information can be found on the Dept. of Public Safety website.

29 Responses to “Security Guard Training in Ohio”

  1. “No felony convictions or misdemeanors associated with violence (which includes domestic), drugs ( use or sale), theft or frau”

    You may want to proof the above

  2. I am 23 years old, and trying to better myself with a career I would enjoy. When I was 20 years old I screwed up so I have an attempted theft misdemeanor. My question is will this destroy my chances of a great career?

  3. I am interested on getting training on security guard, where i need to go what are the requirement to get the training?

  4. no security company WILL HIRE YOU IF HAVE ANY KIND OF A THEFT RECORD, STEALING IS WRONG you might want to look into working for burger king

  5. Hi.

    I am in need of documents regarding how to train a security guard and what skills are needed for a security guard.


  6. Marine Corps Veteran current resident in Ohio and moving to Knoxville TN this fall. If courses are completed in Ohio are they transferable to out of states? Any does any of my military training / experience roll over to these classes or requirements?

  7. I want to get training & Licence for which requirements are to be provided to me & what skills are needed

  8. Hi there,

    I have a conviction on my record for Breach of Peace in Nevada. Does that mean I can’t be a registered Security Guard in your state?

  9. can i transfer my new jersey liecense to ohio or do i need to take classes for ohio liecense?

  10. I’m amazed at how intense the requirements to become a security guard actually are. Not only did I serve as a military policeman in the army for several years, obtain a secret security clearance, and get out with an honorable discharge… I have the ability to become a state police officer, but because of a misdemeanor theft back when I was 18, I can’t become a security guard? Something sure doesn’t seem logical there.

  11. Im getting ready to start my own security company here in the state of ohio. Im currently working G4S and have a guard card through the company. My question is when I start my company can I obtain a ohio state guard card under my own company?

  12. Do security guards need to be kung fu experts?

  13. When I was 20 I was charged with aggravated menacing m1. Would I still b able to b a security guard

  14. I have a felony 6 years ago for robbery will I be able to become a servility guard ?

  15. I have a couple bulging discs would that prevent me from becomeing a scerity guard?

  16. I am looking to get in the security field. I have a clean record other the a speeding ticket. How do I get started.

  17. Former military and I have 8 years as a security guard/ Armed SPO in Washington, D.C. Looking to relocate around October/November. Need to get a license in OHIO

  18. Looking into being a security guard in the state of Ohio m a security guard in the state of California do you need to get all pepper spray patent and guard card in the state of Ohio if anyone can help me with this or know any websites to attain please write me back thank you very much I do not have any felonies or misdemeanors I have a clean record will pass background check with no problems do you have a driver’s license in the state of California but am willing to relocate

  19. Actually if you look on many other sources it says as long as your conviction is at least 3 years old they won’t hold it against you. Instead of being rude to someone trying to live a better life why don’t you gather information first.

  20. I’m trying to work for the company Brinks but I’m not 21 yet so I have to wait until July this question is while I’m waiting can I get my guard card before I get the job??

  21. I am a awaiting my class d card i have my card from WA state and a blue card while my class d is being processed. Will either of those work in the state of Ohio. I can pass back ground and mental i have no convictions never been arrested or had any mental issues.

  22. I’m a special police officer and Washington DC I am moving down to Akron Ohio and I’m trying to find out do I need to get a license

  23. How do I get a job if no one hires someone without experience

  24. I have a parafanilla charge from 2013 will that stop me from getting the liscens?

  25. Is it always required to have a high school diploma when getting a job in security or is it dependent on where you want to work? I was looking into retail security guard.

  26. I want to get the license and I need help in order to get it thank you

  27. I am retired, but thinking about getting a job as a Brink’s guard to handle money or other securities. Can you tell me how much is the training for a guard card, and how long does the training last ?
    Thank you !

    Con Gubser

  28. I am currently employed as an unarmed guard in AZ wanting to relocate to North east Ohio. I have my AZ guard and fingerprint card. What other requirements are needed to work in Ohio? Thank you

  29. I have 15 years in the Auxiliary Police and Security field. What other training do I need to qualify for your company. I have also taken a 14 week course with the Citizen Police Academy at the Rocky River Police Department under the Chief of Police – George Lichman.

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