Pennsylvania is a hub for a panoply of industries including coal, steel, and even chocolate, not to mention the blossoming finance and banking companies in the state. As such, Pennsylvania is always looking out for trained security professionals to keep their businesses, patrons, and assets safe. However, getting a security guard card in Pennsylvania might seem difficult at first due to all of the rules and regulations. For example, to get a PA guard card, you’ll need to petition the Pennsylvania County Court for your security license. The outcome of the decision will ultimately be based on the judgment of the judge presiding over your PA security guard card petition.
Length: 6 Hours
Pennsylvania does not require individual security guards to be licensed but licenses private watch, guard, and patrol agencies. In accordance with the Private Detective Act of 1953, employees of licensed companies must:
There are some basic requirements to become a security guard in Pennsylvania which include:
The state of Pennsylvania licenses private watch, guard, and patrol agencies under the Private Detective Act of 1953 (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/US/PDF/1953/0/0361..PDF)
To be licensed, agencies must:
Be at least 25 years old
Meet one of the following experience requirements:
A member of the U.S. Government investigative service
A member of the Pennsylvania State Police, OR
Regularly employed as a detective or as a member of a city police department of a rank or grade higher than that of patrolman for at least 3 years
Not have been convicted of a felony or of any of the following crimes:
Illegally using, carrying or possessing a pistol or other dangerous weapon
Making or possessing burglar’s instruments
Buying or receiving stolen property
Unlawful entry of a building
Aiding escape from prison
Unlawfully possessing or distributing habit forming narcotic drugs
Picking pockets or attempting to do so
Soliciting any person to commit sodomy or other lewdness
Recklessly endangering another person
Making terroristic threats
Committing simple assault
Submit an application to the Clerk of Judicial Records Criminal Division Office and attend a hearing
Submit notarized statements from five reputable citizens (unrelated to the applicant by blood or marriage) confirming they have read the application and believe the statements to be true, that the applicant is honest, of good character, and competent
Submit fingerprints and complete a background check
File a corporate bond of $10,000
Pay a fee
The license must be posted in the agency's office and renewed every two years.
More information on licensing requirements and process: https://www.lccpa.org/forms/criminal/general/PrivateDetectiveLicenseRequirements-publicweb.pdf
The judge who’s presiding will determine what type of training is needed for your guard card application. Although it’s up to the judge to decide who gets approved for a Pennsylvania armed security guard license, any training or experience that you submit proof of will help improve your chances of getting your petition accepted. Fees vary depending on the screening. Once you’ve completed the application process and have undergone the appropriate training, you’re ready to begin your career in security in Pennsylvania.
Top Gun Security Academy helps train and equip security guards with the skills and confidence needed to accomplish their missions safely and effectively. Not only will we help you get your security guard card in Pennsylvania, but we will also help you to become the best armed or unarmed guard you can be. If you’re ready to take your security career to the next level or want to enter the field as one of the top-rated guards, contact Top Gun’s Security Academy today via email or phone to learn more!