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Ohio Security Guard Essentials Course

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Ohio Security Guard Essentials Course

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

Price: $29.99
Length: 6 Hours

Ohio Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Unarmed Security Guards in Ohio

In order to work as a security guard in the state of Ohio, you must be a registered employee of a state licensed security company. While the state does not stipulate the minimum qualifications of an unarmed security guard, most security companies follow these industry hiring guidelines:

  • Must be at least 18 years old with provisions that the candidate must be able to perform the duties required of the position
  • Must be a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work
  • Must possess a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Also, the applicant should demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak English and the language(s) most appropriate to his or her assigned duties.
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Must not have been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or job related crime for a minimum seven-year period immediately preceding the candidate’s date of hire. Any felony conviction discovered in the course of conducting the search should also be considered relevant to the candidate’s qualifications for the position.
  • Submission of a fingerprint card or electronic fingerprint
  • Pass a drug screening test                                               

Licensing Requirements in the State of Ohio

In Ohio, security guard companies are regulated by Private Investigator Security Guard Services (PISGS), a part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.                           

All companies offering security guard services in the state of Ohio must be licensed by Private Security Guard Services (PISGS), a part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. PISGS issues three different types of licenses:

  • Class A, for companies offering private investigation and security services
  • Class B, for companies offering private investigation only
  • Class C, for companies offering security services only

To receive a license, a company or individual must:           

  • Have a good reputation for integrity, not have been convicted of a disqualifying offense within the last three years, and not been adjudicated incompetent for the purpose of holding the license
  • Have been engaged in investigatory, security services, or law work for at least two years immediately preceding the application for the license, or have acquired equivalent experience in the field as determined by the director of public safety
  • Pass an exam to demonstrate their competency as a private investigator or security guard provider
  • Carry comprehensive general liability insurance coverage, or another equivalent guarantee as approved by the director, not less than $100,000 for each person and $300,000 for each occurrence for bodily injury liability, and $100,000 for property damage liability
  • Pay examination and license fees

Licenses must be renewed each year.

Disqualifying offenses:

Aggravated burglary, breaking and entering, burglary, deception to secure writing, endangering children, forgery, identify fraud, misuse of a credit card, misuse of the law enforcement automated database system (LEADS), passing bad checks, receiving stolen property, safecracking, theft, voyeurism, wiretapping, or the attempt to commit any of these offenses.

A licensed company must register its employees with the department of public safety within 3-7 days of their date of hire. To register an employee, a company must provide:           

  • The registration application, accompanied by a recent photograph of the employee, the employee’s physical description, and registration fee
  • A complete set of fingerprints for conducting a criminal records check
  • Notification of whether the employee will carry a firearm

If the employee passes the background check, they will be issued an identification card to keep on their person while on duty. This registration must be renewed annually by paying a fee.

If the employee will carry a firearm as part of their duties, they must complete a firearms basic training program that includes:

  • 20 hours of handgun training
  • 5 hours of training in the use of other firearms if any other firearms are to be used

OR, be a former peace officer who previously had completed a firearms training course. Employees who will carry firearms must requalify annually on a firearms range.

Once registered, the employee will receive a notation on their identification card that they are a firearm-bearer.

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