Alaska Armed & Unarmed Security Guard Training & License Requirements

To become a security guard / security officer in Alaska, you are required to take an 8-hour pre-assignment training course (aka. before you get hired) before you can apply for a role. Once you have been hired, an additional 40 hours are required within 180 days after employment.

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


Requirements of Alaska Security Guards / Security Officers:

To become an Alaska Security Guard you must:

  • Bet at least 18 years old
  • Be a United States citizen or legal alien
  • Complete an 8 hour pre-assignment security guard training course
  • Complete 40 hours additional training within 180 days of employment
  • Have no felony convictions within 10 years before your application date
  • Be emotionally and mentally stable
  • Not be addicted to or dependent upon drugs or alcohol

Once you have completed the 8 hour pre-assignment you can fill out an application to become a security guard /officer. Applications are available online through the Public & Safety Statewide Services Permits and Licensing Unit website – look for the New Guard Application.

The application will require the following information your full name, address (including past 5 years), Social security number (SSN), Telephone number, Employers Address (Current or Prospective for past 5 years), Age, Gender, Date of Birth,  Place of Birth, Height, Weight, Hair and Eye Color, 3 x Character References, Military Discharge Record (if any), Criminal arrest and conviction record,  affirmation that the applicant is neither addicted to nor dependent on alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs and finally, an affirmation that the applicant is not suffering from any psychopathic condition or mental illness impairing the powers of memory, reason, judgment, or perception.

Additionally, you also need to supply a full frontal view photograph (upper part of the body from the waist up) within 30 days before submission, 2 x sets of classifiable fingerprints, proof of bonding or insurance and a non-refundable application fee (This should cost you approximately $50 plus approximately $54.25 for the fingerprint processing. Although check the website for the correct up to date pricing).

Training Requirements to Become an Alaska Security Guard:

Whilst your training program may differ slightly from the below, it must include but may not also be limited to:

  • Duties and responsibilities to the employer and client
  • Law of arrest
  • Law of search and seizure
  • First Aid
  • Fire Prevention
  • Patrol Techniques

In addition to this, all security guards must pass an annual refresher which lasts for 8 hours. If you do not pass the refresher course, this may be grounds for removal/dismissal of your security guard license.

Our guide above should give you enough context about becoming an unarmed officer in Alaska but, if you would like to become an armed security guard in Alaska we have put further information below.

In order become an armed security guard in Alaska, a license is required. Additionally you need to obtain a firearms certification before your license will be issued by Alaska Department of Public Safety. In order to give you as much information as possible we have also outlined further requirements to allow you to become an armed guard / officer in Alaska below as well as providing links to useful resources.

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • United States Citizen or Legal Alien
  • No felony or criminal convictions involving the illegal use of weapons/firearms
  • Must never have been disqualified from owning a firearm
  • Successfully pass a background check (including fingerprinting)
  • Must hold an Alaska’s driver’s license
  • Have good moral character
  • May need to pass a drug test
  • Have good moral character
  • Have a pistol permit from Alaska State
  • Completed 8 hours of security guard training and 40 hours in-house training

The in-house training should include:

  • Law of arrest
  • Laws of search and seizure
  • Your duties and responsibilities
  • Fire Prevention
  • First Aid
  • Patrol Techniques

Additionally, the firearm requirements essentially are:

  • Successful 8 hour training of a firearm including safety by a certified instructor
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle a weapon
  • Annual refresher training

Useful Links and Resources