Armed Security Guard Training Requirements

Welcome to our dedicated resource for USA Armed Security Guard Training. In order to become an armed security guard and be able to carry a firearm on duty, you will need to complete additional hours of training specializing in firearm handling and safety. Once you’ve completed your training you’ll get a card that legally allows you to carry firearms on duty. Training programs to become an armed security officer vary by state so we’ve provided links to dedicated pages for your state below although, applications to must be done through your state’s Department of Justice or Bureau of Security.

Armed Security Guard Training By State:


Alabama Illinois Montana Rhode Island
Alaska Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Arizona Iowa Nevada South Dakota
Arkansas Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee
California Kentucky New Jersey Texas
Colorado Louisiana New Mexico Utah
Connecticut Maine New York Vermont
Delaware Maryland North Carolina Virginia
District of Columbia Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii Mississippi Oregon Wyomi
Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania

Where Do I Get Armed Security Guard Training?

In order to become a trained armed security guard in the USA, our dedicated state pages above provide more context although, if you are a former police officer, military personnel, peace officer or licensed private investigator then you are exempt from the training hours required. However, you are still required to register through the state to obtain your card to hold a firearm.

If you have not previously held one of the above roles then you need to complete the hours of training required by your state. As such you should visit the state pages to find out more information.

Benefits of Becoming an Armed Security Guard

Becoming an armed security officer provides you with a variety of benefits which outweigh the training and examinations you’re required to take to carry a firearm on duty.

In a nutshell there are three key benefits:

  • You’ll make more money as an Armed Security Guard
  • More opportunities for career advancement
  • You have an increased amount of protection

To give some context to the above key benefits, essentially one of the main reasons that unarmed security guards go through the additional training is because as an armed security officer you get paid more money.  As you’ve obtained further training and taken additional examinations, you now have more careers opportunities available to you (again which pay more) and some of these are only available for those who are qualified to carry a firearm when on duty. Finally, having a firearm when you’re on duty means that you are potentially more able to mitigate dangerous situations as, people are aware that a firearm is present even if it stays within your holster.

As you can see there are a number of key benefits available by becoming an armed security guard and if you would like to see how you can become one, please visit your dedicated state page above for more information about the regulations within your state.

What Will I Learn From Firearms Training?

By taking firearms training, you will learn and get taught about self-defense, laws regarding the use of the firearm and weapons retention.

Self-defence is essentially exactly what it says although; the course will teach you techniques to defend yourself both with and without your firearm. A large number of people taking the course will have no previous experience with firearms so you will be required to visit a firing range to get comfortable.

As well as visiting the firing range, it’s important to know how and when you can use your firearm. Laws vary by state but, they are important to know because not only does this ensure you pass your exams but importantly they will help to save lives and keep everyone around you safe.

Finally, weapons retention is part of the course where you learn about how to keep your gun safe during an attack. You will get taught how to retain your firearm in dangerous situations, so that it is not used against you and to make sure that your gun is secure and locked properly when you are carrying it.