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Michigan Security Guard Essentials Course

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Michigan Security Guard Essentials Course

Take the first step to earning your guard card for the state of Michigan.

The Michigan Security Guard Essentials course will equip you with the skills needed to work as an unarmed security guard in the state of Michigan. Great for those just entering into the security profession and getting their security guard card or as an annual refresher course for unarmed guards. This 6-hour, interactive online security course teaches the important fundamentals for security guard professionals including Michigan State Laws, Rules, and Regulations.


Price: $29.99

Length: 6 Hours

Michigan Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Unarmed Security Guards in Michigan

Michigan doesn’t demand that individual security guards need to be licensed, but does license private security agencies. Security guards are required to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Never convicted of a felony
  • Not been judged to be insane by a court, unless restored to sanity by court order 
  • Have any outstanding warrants for arrest 
  • Additionally, in the past five years, security guards in Michigan are not to have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving: 

Licensed companies will require prospective employees to submit fingerprints and complete a background check.

Licensing Requirements in the State of Michigan

Per Public Act 330 of 1968, licensees must meet these minimum requirements:

  • At least 21 years old

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Never been convicted of a felony

  • Not been judged to be insane by a court, unless restored to sanity by court order

  • Have any outstanding warrants for arrest

  • Not been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military

  • In the past five years, not been convicted of a misdemeanor involving:

  • Licensees must also meet the following experience requirements: 
    • Was engaged in the private security guard or agency business on his or her own account in another state for a period of at least 3 years

    • Was engaged in the private security guard or agency business for a period of at least 4 years as an employee of the holder of a certificate of authority to conduct a private security guard or agency business and has experience reasonably equivalent to at least 4 years of full-time guard work in a supervisory capacity with rank above that of patrolman

    • Was employed in law enforcement as a certified police officer on a full-time basis for at least 4 years for a city, county, or state government or for the United States government

    • While on active duty as a member of the armed forces, served as a military police officer or in an equivalent job classification for at least 2 years; was an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service from the military service; and provides with his or her application an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of the applicant’s service that he or she has, entry-level experience in or basic knowledge of each of the following:

      • Enforcing rules, regulations, and guidelines

      • Providing security and physical protection

      • Area and site security operations

      • Overseeing prisoners and correctional facilities

      • Reconnaissance and surveillance

  • Complete an application: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/lsa010_471759_7.pdf including 5 reference statements from reputable citizens who have known the applicant for a period of at least 5 years, and who can attest that the applicant is honest, of good character, and competent, and who are not related or connected to the applicant by blood or marriage.

  • Have a Michigan office location and resident manager

  • Has posted a $25,000 surety bond with the Department or furnishes an insurance policy in the amount of $25,000 for property damages, $100,000 for injury or death of one person, and $200,000 for injuries to or deaths of more than one person

  • Pay a fee

The security guard operational license must be posted in the company's office and renewed every 2 years.

Licensed security guard companies must submit an employee roster to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) each quarter. The roster must include the following information:

  • Agency name

  • Agency license number

  • Agency address and telephone number

  • Name of the license holder

  • Quarter covered by the report

  • Total number of employees for that quarter (a roster must be filed even if there were no employees during that quarter. Indicate No Employees or 0)

  • A signed sworn statement from the person preparing the roster

  • Alphabetical listing of employees employed by your agency that quarter, including:

    • Human Resources employees

    • Those hired to provide protection of property on the premises of another

  • Employee date of birth

  • Employee hire date

  • Employee termination date

Employee Roster form: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Security_Guard_Employee_Rosters__Worksheet_rvd_10-3-19_668221_7.pdf 

Michigan Public Act 330 of 1968: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(2af2hholjbabcfigkxlwejwm))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-act-330-of-1968&queryid=2066019&highlight=

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