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Security Guard Training in South Carolina

In South Carolina, a license is required for unarmed security guards. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) administers licensing. The hiring company must be licensed and will forward all information to SLED for approval. The individual does not do it. There are certain criteria that must be met before a license will be approved.

Basic requirements for unarmed security guards in South Carolina:

  • Be at least 18 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

Fees are nonrefundable:

Licensing: $65

For more information, please read SLED Regulations or call 803-737-9000.

24 Responses to “Security Guard Training in South Carolina”

  1. I wish to Apply for the SLED Guard Training so i can start my career in Security. Email me with the necessary documents to send back answered.

  2. I would like to become s security guard. How do i go about that im unempolyed, 56yrs old help me

  3. I am 25 years old and would like to secure a job as a
    Security Guard. Where in South Caroline can I find the training?

  4. where can i go to get the training?

  5. I would like to get a job as a guard but need to get my license if you could help me figure this out I’d appreciate it thank you.

  6. please am interested in the security guard training but where is the training centre and again how many month programme is the training……Thanks

  7. where to find free classes for security guard or bouncer in South Carolina please give me a contact number or email address

  8. For all of you, did you not read the information? You do not do this, it’s for a company to do. You must get an entry level security position to get the required training, not through SLED. The company you get hired through handles the information through SLED.

  9. I have a New York state security guard license. I’m moving to Myrtle Beach South Carolina and I would like to know how I can or what I have to do to get your security license in South Carolina. Please email me back to let me know what I need to do and if there’s any paperwork I need to do

    Thank you

  10. I am a US permeant resident (British) and moved from South Augusta, Ga, to North Augusta, SC some months ago. I was hired by Covenant Security some days ago and was advised that SLED registration is required. I found out myself, by calling SLED. that you MUST BE A US CITIZEN to work as security officer/guard in SC. I spent 20 years in the UK military and worked as a security guard in Ga. Please amend this page to reflect the actual requirements.

  11. I am a British permanent US resident and a 20 year UK military veteran. I was recently hired by Covenant Security. However, after commencing work and reading the job description, I observed myself that US citizenship was required, I looked into this further and found out that this is indeed true, I called SLED and they confirmed this, due to the State Legislator`s views on a security guard`s `powers of arrest`. I then resigned as I would not be eligible for a SLED card……but it is okay for me to have a CWP and carry a concealed weapon! Sounds ridiculous to me, but there it is…please amend this site regarding requirements….YOU MIUTS BE A US CITIZEN AND NOT A LEGAL AILINEN!

  12. I have been a Correctional Officer/Acting Sergeant in NC Prison System/ Surveillance Officer with Probation and Parole in NC for 17 years(25 years with the State), I am a Master Sheriff’s Chaplain with NCSCA for 20 years and miss the Security Aspect of Law Enforcement. I was with G4S in Charlotte,NC for a few months at BOA.
    Looking for a permanent Security position with a good reputation.
    Thanks for your insight in this matter!

  13. Looking to get training for my officers please contact dannie Wicker

  14. i am interested in getting my security license, and finding a security guard job. If you could email me with more information would be really appreciated.

  15. Live in Columbia SC

  16. I would like to start to a new job

  17. I’d like more information on becoming a security guard. Please help me find out where to go and get the training and classes for this. It is something I’ve been wanting to do and can’t figure out where to go? I live in Charleston,SC and can go to anyplace local for training and classes.

  18. Hello,

    I am currently a Public Safety Corporal with my ACT 235 certification in PEnnsylvania. I am a Law Enforcement Firearn Instructor and an ACT 235 Firearm Instructor. I’m looking to move to South Carolina and want the forms to be able to work as an Instructor, Police Officer or armed Security. Please send me some information.

    Thank You

  19. I would like help in restarting a career in security, but most security companies want you to already have a sled card. Can you help me with this issue?

  20. Interested in getting my security guard license

  21. Was “D” and “G” [Security and Armed Security] Licensed in the
    State of Florida for a good number of years including as Operations
    Manager for Armored Transport/Security Company.
    I’m interested in working as an Armed security officer here in the Spartanburg SC area…What do I need and how do I go about this?
    thank you

  22. I’m a security officer in JCNJ and I’m thinking about relocating to South Carolina how do I obtain a lience?

  23. Would like to get a security job but I need to get my license. Cuz you send me some information.

  24. I am interested in becoming SLED certified here in South Carolina. Please let me know what my next steps will be.

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