Armed vs. Unarmed Security Guards: What’s the Difference?

by Executive Protection Institute EPI was founded in 1978

If you want to start your career as a security guard, you are on the right track. With plenty of room for advancement, becoming a security guard can be a fast-paced career. But do you know that there are two types of security guards in the market, one is armed and the other is unarmed? Let us find out what are the differences between the two.

Here are differences between armed and unarmed security guards:

Armed security guards

Becoming an armed security guard is an excellent opportunity for retired military personnel or retired police officers. Armed guards may work for car companies, retail business, private companies, or a security firm. The basic requirements for becoming an armed security guard is that you should be over 18 years of age, have a clean criminal record, have a high school diploma and have a degree in either police science or criminal justice. When it comes to becoming a successful guard, there are several training programs available for this profession. By enrolling in one of the training programs, you will learn many things, including firearm training, gun laws, and law enforcement.


Many states require you to achieve certification and licensure when you complete your guard training. Passing both the background check and a drug test is essential for achieving certification in this field. Plus, you need armed security training if you want to have a permit to carry a gun. Before starting a course, you need to always check with your state department as rules and regulations vary from state to state.

Unarmed security guards

An unarmed security guard is hired to protect property or people from illegal activities. To become an unarmed security guard, you should have completed an age of 18 years, pass the criminal background check, and have a high school diploma. To get a security guard certificate, most states, also require an unarmed security guard training. As an unarmed guard, you need to go through rigorous training. During the training time, you will be taught how to safely and properly protect a person or a property.

With the information mentioned above, I hope you understand that training is essential for becoming a security guard, no matter you want to be an armed or unarmed security guard. So, you need to get in touch with professionals to learn proper training and know-how to become a bodyguard also.

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