Security Officer training is actually not required before you apply for an unarmed security position in the state of Arizona. However, if you are offered employment and you require a license, you will need to complete an 8-hour training course.
Depending on where you are offered a position, you may or may not need to get a license.
You do not need to be licensed if you will be working for a proprietary company, meaning, the company pays you directly to be their own security officer.
If you require a license, know that you are not allowed to wear a security officer uniform or work as an Officer until you get your license from the Arizona Department of Public Safety-Licensing Unit.
To obtain your license, just follow the 7 steps outlined below:
- First, you must be employed by a Department of Public Safety Licensed Security Agency. They will fill out and sign the Employer section (Part A) of the registration application, which you can download here.
- Complete and sign the Employee section (Part B) of the registration application.
- Submit your fingerprints for a criminal history check. For more information about fingerprint submission, you can visit the fingerprints section of the DPS Licensing Unit. Submit a color photograph of yourself. (passport style)
- Complete the 8 hour pre-assignment training course.
- Submit the training verification, signed and dated by the agency.
- Pay a $74 fee (cash, money order, company or cashier’s check only – payable to The Arizona Department of Public Safety). This covers both your $50 licensing fee, as well as the $24 fingerprint processing fee.