Security guard training in Washington D.C. requirements consists of 24 hours of class work, and 16 hours of on the job training. These need to be completed prior to applying for the D.C. security guard exam issued through the Security Officers Management Branch (SOMB). Individual Security Guard licenses in D.C. are valid for 2 years, at which point they need to be renewed.
The USNIA Tier 1 Unarmed Security Training Program for D.C will be conducted through an online interactive Webinar, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Through this course students will be taught how to recognize the opportunities available within the private security industry. Students will examine the history of the security industry and discover the career pathways and requirements.
This training provides the basic requirements of security guards to prepare students for passing the required D.C. exam in order to become a licensed D.C. security guard. This course consists of classes necessary to help students gain the knowledge and skills relevant for performing security service jobs in a variety of settings – including retail stores, office buildings, commercial properties, and more.
The majority of training topics needed to obtain an unarmed security guard license are on average 8 hours long to begin with. The main topic which is covered in detail in an unarmed security guard training course is to know and be familiar with the laws related to the jurisdiction you are working. Students will be trained on how and when it may be necessary to detain a person and then the steps following. This also includes the skills needed to de-escalate a situation, if needed, and the ability to restrain an individual properly and legally and the rules of evidence guidance.
During the Civil Law/Tort Law, D.C. Code, and Constitutional Law class sessions, students receive an overview of the components, structure, principles, and processes within the American criminal and civil justice systems. Students will learn the elements of a crime, the difference between civil and criminal law, the stages of criminal and civil procedures, and constitutional and legal liability issues that can affect a security business or individual security officer.
Another important class topic covered during this course is training on terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. Since most unarmed security guards in this country work in public places (such as airports, malls, hospitals and businesses), guards need to be thoroughly trained on patrol techniques, how to identify and handle possible terrorist type activity, including bomb threats. This session also provides information on what to consider and how to best proceed when responding to fire safety and medical emergencies, a variety of threats, and conducting an evacuation.
Since unarmed security guard work in the public sector it is important that they are trained in relating to all kinds of people. One of the most important aspects of public relations is to not stereotype people. In addition, communication skills, decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution are also covered during our Police and Community Relations sessions. Students will discover the importance of professional, effective communication and how it will assist in performing the duties of a security guard.
Documentation of events is another important aspect of the unarmed security guard position. Reports, unfortunately, are a big part of the job. Training will cover these important practices as well as tactics on how to question and recognize suspicious activity and how to complete incident reports.
Finally, unarmed security guard training will cover legal matters that a security guard needs to be familiar with such as the importance of a disciplined officer in their attitudes and conduct, professional appearance, stress and anger management, victimology (vulnerability/culpability) and drug awareness. Security companies seek those who are disciplined in these areas. All of these items are condensed into a short amount of time. All are important, therefore it is important to take the unarmed security training seriously and try to absorb as much of the teaching as possible! You will be tested prior to receiving certification.
USNIA training program courses will assist students in outlining a plan for completing the program and achieving career goals. This training is a personal investment into your security career. Just as a degree or certification for any job, having a handgun permit will place you into a higher level. Completion of this training by NO means a guarantee of employment with our Agency.