In order to become a security guard in Alaska you will need to meet training requirements and you will need to apply for a license from the Commissioner of Public Safety.
Alaska requires two kinds of training: preassignment training and in service training.
Preassignment training takes just 8 hours. This training has to relate to the duties and responsibilities associated with being a security guard.
In service training can start after you are on the job, but it takes 40 hours and must be completed within 180 days of employment. This training is much more in-depth. It covers things like the laws of arrest, the laws of search and seizure, your duties and responsibilities to your employer and your employer’s clients, fire prevention, first aid, and patrol techniques.
Training is never truly done, however, since Alaska also requires you to take 8 hours of refresher training each year in order to renew your license.
You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a security guard license in Alaska. You can’t apply if you’re an alcoholic and you need to be drug free (expect a drug test).
You also need to have a clean criminal record, but Alaska makes some allowances for the amount of time that’s passed. You can’t have any convictions within 10 years before the date of application for any felony in any state unless a full pardon is granted. So if you got into trouble 15 years ago you still may be able to work in this field in Alaska.
Finally, you need to be in good mental health in order to apply for your license. That means you can’t be suffering from any psychopathic conditions or mental illnesses that impair your powers of reasoning, memory, judgment, or perception.
If you’re ready to apply, you can download all of the forms that you will need right here.