Alabama Armed & Unarmed Security Guard Training & License Requirements

If you wish to become a Security Guard in Alabama, the State of Alabama Licensing Board requires by law that you must take a minimum of 8 hours’ worth of training with a certified trainer. As part of the course you will have to pass a written exam that is taught during the 8 hours of classroom training. It is important to make sure that the instructing trainer is board certified in order for this to be a valid course of study.

There are also further requirements to become an Armed Security Guard in Alabama which we have outlined further below.


Requirements of Alabama Security Guards / Security Officers:

Whilst the state requires that you have a minimum of 8 hours, the majority of security companies and employers may include or require additional training on top of those which are required to get your license.

However, as a minimum you are usually required to meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D or equivalent certificate
  • Be physically fit for the position you are applying for
  • Have no felonies or violent criminal convictions
  • Do not have a disqualifying mental illness

For further information regarding state laws to get an Alabama security guard license, you can also visit the Alabama Security Regulatory Board website at:

If you are interested in becoming an armed security guard in Alabama, it is important to note that additional training is required and requirements are needed which we have outlined below. If you would like to become an Armed Security Guard in Alabama, it is important to note that Security Guards / Security Officers are classified in different areas – security, security guards, military and youth services security officer. Whilst each has their own particular requirements, there are some core requirements for non-military armed security guards / officers that must be met which we’ve outlined below.

Basic Requirements of Armed Security Guards / Security Officers in Alabama:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D or equivalent certificate
  • Be an United States citizen or legal alien
  • Be physically fit and have good physical conditioning
  • Have no felonies or any criminal convictions involving the illegal use of weapons
  • Have an Alabama Driver’s License
  • Pass a criminal background check including fingerprinting
  • Pass drug testing
  • Have good moral character
  • Have a pistol permit from Alabama State

Weapon Permit and Additional Training

We recommend that you contact your local police department to find out the exact requirements to obtain a pistol permit in Alabama as depending on your city or county these requirements do vary. However, there are a few general requirements which include:

  • Successfully completing firearms safety & training by a certified instructor
  • Having further background checks
  • Taking annual refresher training

For more information please refer to: State of Alabama Security Guard I visit.