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Iowa Security Guard Essentials Course

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Iowa Security Guard Essentials Course

The Iowa Security Guard Essentials course will prepare you to work as an unarmed security guard in the state of Iowa. Great for those just starting out in the security profession or as a yearly refresher course for unarmed guards, this 6-hour interactive course teaches the critical fundamentals for security guard professionals including Iowa State Laws, Rules, and Regulations.                   

Price: $29.99
Length: 6 Hours

Iowa Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Unarmed Security Guards in Iowa

The state of Iowa does not require individual security guards to be licensed, but does license private security agencies. Per Iowa Administrative Code 661-121.5(80A), licensees and individual security guards must meet these minimum qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not be a peace officer (except a reserve peace officer)
  • Never have been convicted of a felony or aggravated misdemeanor
  • Not be an abuser of alcohol or a controlled substance
  • Not have a history of repeated acts of violence
  • Be of good moral character
  • Not been convicted of any crime involving assault, willful injury, administering harmful substances, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, or spring guns and traps
  • Not been convicted of illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon
  • Not have a history of mental illness or instability

A licensed private security agency must register each employee with the state by completing an Identification Card Application, submitting current photographs of the employee, and two fingerprint cards for completing a background check. Each employee will receive an employee identification card.                           

For complete information regarding qualifications and licensing, see IAC 661-121.5(80A):
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/12-29-2021.661.121.pdf

Licensing Requirements in the State of Iowa

In Iowa, security guard agencies must be licensed through the Iowa Department of Public Safety:
https://dps.iowa.gov/divisions/administrative-services/bail-enforcement-private-investigation-private-security

To be licensed, a company must:

Checklist for applicants: https://dps.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/administrative-services/licensing/PIPSBE_Checklist.pdf

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