Security Guard Requirements for Minnesota

Security Guard Requirements in Minnesota

Security Guard Requirements in Minnesota

The security guard requirements for the state of Minnesota are quite different from requirements from other states   In Minnesota, “Protective Agents” are the companies that are offering security services. The Protective Agent must be licensed, but, unarmed security guards are not licensed.  However, they must meet the requirements set at the state level.

Minnesota’s security guards are under the jurisdiction of the State of Minnesota Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services. Protective Agent Services encompass a variety of businesses, including those that provide guards, security personnel, and armored car personnel.

Unarmed Security Guard Requirements

Whatever rules or guidelines the company has, the security guards will have to follow.  Thus, let’s have a look at the basic requirements for an unarmed security guard in Minnesota:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or registered resident alien
  • Submit to ongoing drug testing
  • Pass a background check
  • The employee has an identification card

Felonies are disqualifying. Certain other offenses are disqualifying.  They are described in the following state statute.

Employees maintain a conditional status until the results have been processed and sent to the employer. In the meantime, conditional employees may receive training but will not begin protective duties.

Unarmed Security Guard Training

  • The employee must have at least 12 hours of pre-assignment training.
  • Complete the training within 21 days of employment.
  • Required topics can include ethics, communication, security overview, emergency response, and state statutes and administrative rules, etc.
  • The Board has mandated that security agency employees receive continuous training.

Armed Security Guard Requirements

Requirements are higher for armed employees.

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • Meet all the above-stated requirements for unarmed security guards.
  • In addition to the basic training required for unarmed guards, armed security guards must receive 12 hours of additional instruction.
  • Also, you need 12 hours of weapon certification training.
  • Plus, maintain 6 hours of refresher courses on an annual basis.

Training for armed guards will include the standard pre-assignment and continuous training as well as training in each of the following:

  • Firearms training
  • Training with weapons other than firearms
  • Alternatives to force Standards for weapons and equipment
  • First aid training

Firearms training must include legal limitations on the use of force. Program elements are described in 7506.2300 of state administrative code.

If you need further information about this topic, you may contact Experienced Security Guard Training Help Center. You may also check our FAQs section for information.

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