Security guard training in Hawaii does not require an official course, but starting on July 1st of 2013 they will require all guards (armed and unarmed) to be registered with the county they work. A license for unarmed guards is not necessarily required unless requested specifically by the security company you are interested in working for, but having the license can certainly be beneficial for your career down the road.
To become licensed unarmed security guard you will need to meet the following:
- High School diploma or GED
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have four years of guard experience.
- Pass an exam.
- Be of sound mental health, and have no disorders that would make it impossible to perform your security guard duties.
- Submit criminal background check.
- Have no convictions, unless annulled or expunged by the courts.
- Submit to fingerprinting.
- Provide criminal background information that covers the last ten years.
- Pay several fees associated with getting this license, including the $50 application fee.
Keep in mind, again you will need to have your employer register you as a guard, but you don’t need a license unless the firm you are working for requires you to do so.
Security guard training in Hawaii for an armed guard however, does require at least eight hours of of classroom instruction and a yearly refresher course that is four hours in length. Of course specific requirements can vary from county to county, and so you should check with your local county office for more specific information.
Basic requirements outside of security guard training in Hawaii are essentially the same as what is needed to become a licensed guard. The main exceptions are:
- You must be at least 21 years of age.
- You must be in good physical condition.
- You must have a weapon permit issued by your county police.
While getting a very basic position as a security guard and security guard training in Hawaii may not require licensing, it is still important that you present yourself as a character of good morale standing and work with your employer and county to ensure you meet any of their specific requirements. Additionally, after you develop a few years of experience, following the guidelines to get official licensing can be a very important step for getting higher-end positions in the security guard sector.