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Maryland Security Guard Essentials Course

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Maryland Security Guard Essentials Course

The Maryland Security Guard Essentials course will prepare you to work as an unarmed security guard in the state of Maryland. 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 Maryland State Laws, Rules, and Regulations. 

Price: $29.99
Length: 6 Hours

Maryland Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Unarmed Security Guards in Maryland

The state of Maryland requires that security guards be certified by the State Police: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/CriminalInvestigationBureau/LicensingDivision/ProfessionalLicenses/SecurityGuardCertifications.aspx 

To be certified, an individual must:

It is important that complete the application electronically before printing and mailing. The application must be mailed to:

Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Attn.: Security Guard Unit 

The certification must be renewed every three years.

A separate application is required to be able to legally wear and carry a regulated firearm: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/CriminalInvestigationBureau/LicensingDivision/Firearms/WearandCarryPermit.aspx To receive a permit, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • An applicant between 18 and 21 years of age may only be issued a wear and carry permit to possess a regulated firearm required for employment.

  • Has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year has been imposed; or convicted of a criminal offense for which you could have been sentenced to more than 2 years incarceration.

  • Has not been convicted of a crime involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance;

  • Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance unless under legitimate medical direction;

  • Based on an investigation, has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render the person’s possession of a handgun a danger to the person or others;

  • Has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against danger.

  • Has successfully completed the Maryland State Police approved firearms training course within 2 years prior to submitting the original or renewal application. 

A list of licensed security agencies is available here: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Documents/PLUAgencyList_11.16.21.pdf 

Licensing Requirements in the State of Maryland

Security guard agencies must be licensed through the Maryland State Police: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/CriminalInvestigationBureau/LicensingDivision/ProfessionalLicenses/SecurityGuardAgencies.aspx 

To be licensed, the applicant must have the following experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a full-time certified or licensed private detective; OR

  • At least:

    • 5 years of experience as a full-time police officer with an organized police agency; and

    • completed successfully a police officer training course that is recognized and approved by the Maryland Police Training Commission; OR

  • At least 3 years of experience in an investigative capacity as a detective while serving as a police officer with an organized police agency; OR

  • At least:

    • 3 years of experience in an investigative capacity in any unit of the United States, of the State, or of a county or municipal corporation of the State for the purpose of law enforcement; and

    • completed successfully the police officer training required by the Maryland Police Training Commission; OR

  • At least:

    • 5 years of experience as a full-time fire investigator for a fire department or law enforcement agency of the State or of a county or municipal corporation of the State; and

    • completed successfully the training certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission or the Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and Training Commission; OR

  • At least:

    • 5 years of experience as a full-time correctional supervisor, ranked LT and above, in a correctional facility in the state; and

    • completed successfully the training required by the correctional training commission.

Applicants must:

It is important that complete the application electronically before printing and mailing. The application must be mailed to:

Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Attn.: Licensing Services Section – Security Guard Agency Unit

The license must be renewed every three years.

A list of licensed security agencies is available here: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Documents/PLUAgencyList_11.16.21.pdf 

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