Unarmed Security Guard Requirements For Florida

Security Guard & Officer Legal Requirements In Florida

Here on SecurityGuardTraining.io we want to provide you with all of the information you need to successfully become an Unarmed security guard in the state of Florida!

Florida – the Sunshine State.  In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon the Spanish Explorer came here looking for the Fountain of Youth. He must have thought it a beautiful place because he named it Florida, Spanish for the Flowery! Today Florida is still beautiful. (How could it not be with a state song entitled: “Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky”?) Northern Florida is subtropical, sharing the same lovely subtropical flora and fauna as neighboring states Georgia and Alabama. Southern Florida has a full-on tropical climate which is obvious from the palm trees, flamingos and January temps in the high 70s! Of course, no matter where you are in Florida, you are never far from one beautiful coastline or the other. If beautiful Florida is on your mind, you should think about becoming an unarmed security guard in the State of Florida.  

Florida is the fourth most populous state in the nation. Some of the big industries are tourism, agriculture and the aerospace industry, but in such a big and diverse state it’s difficult to even narrow it down. The important thing to know about Florida is that you will need to be licensed by the state to work as an unarmed security guard. Don’t worry; this is not a big deal. Once you get past this annoying hurdle with the bureaucrats you’ll be off and running!

You probably already know that Tourism is King in Florida, but it’s not just centered in Orlando. Miami and South Beach are their own destination, plus the nearby Everglades and the Keys. For folks who enjoy the Gulf, Naples and Sanibel Island are to the west across Alligator Alley. East of Orlando, is the Space Coast: Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center. To the North, Daytona Beach of race fame and St. Augustine the first settlement in Florida. On the Panhandle of Florida, you’ll find Panama City, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and the other towns of the “Redneck Riviera,” which definitely are a huge summer tourist destination. There are also many great state parks, lakes, natural springs and rivers in Florida that draw bird watchers, hikers and kayakers. Nearly every part of Florida has some sort of tie to tourism and with that come hotels, attractions and opportunities. It’s also a lot of fun!

Did you know that Florida has more golf courses than any state in the U.S.? This is great news for you if you enjoy golf. Of course, it’s also great news for anyone interested in a security position with a golf course. Golf courses employ a much higher percentage of security personnel than other organizations. Maybe it’s because golf courses are usually private clubs. Regardless, there are always plenty of security types at a golf course or in the parking lot.  

Did you know that more boats are sold in Florida than in any other state in the U.S.? With more than 1300 miles of coastline, it makes sense. If you enjoy being around boats this is great news for you. All the boats have to go somewhere, and marinas don’t get left unguarded. There must be hundreds of marinas throughout the State of Florida, with at least a couple of security positions at each facility. It might as well be you!

The U.S. Military has a huge presence in Florida with more than a dozen bases in the state. The reason for this is probably the excellent climate which makes it easy to perform maintenance and training year ‘round. Of course, ships and planes – like people – deal better with warm weather than ice and snow too. There’s a cluster of military bases on the Panhandle, in Miami and also in Jacksonville. In fact, during the Gulf War, the Port of Jacksonville was the busiest military port in the nation. Along with military bases you'll also find also hotels, shopping complexes and movie theaters that require security personnel.

It’s no secret that a large percentage of the Florida population is over age 65 – drawn there from the cold North by the warm Florida sunshine. The presence of these (extra) senior citizens has generated associated businesses all over the Sunshine State. The most obvious industry associated with the elderly is hospitals and healthcare. Florida has a large number of hospitals, clinics and healthcare related businesses to serve their larger than average elderly population. And because these new Floridians have chosen to live all over the state, the opportunities to work in a hospital or clinic are available in all regions of the state!

If you follow collegiate sports, you probably realize that there are a number of major NCAA teams located in this state.  If you enjoy college sports and working among young people, you should definitely look into a spot with one of the great universities in Florida. In the northern half of the state you can find the University of Florida in Gainesville and Florida State University in Tallahassee. University of Miami is located in Miami and Florida Atlantic University is found in Boca Raton, both in southern Florida. There are many more colleges and universities located all over this populous state, all requiring the assistance of security staff.

If you like the idea of living and working in the State of Florida, you should consider the many opportunities for unarmed security guards in the Sunshine State!

Minimum Requirements

Must be at least 18 years old
High school diploma, G.E.D or equivalent certificate

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Florida Associations & Organizations

This is a list of security industry associations and organizations relevant to the state of Florida. These associations and organizations are usually professional membership and advocacy groups that work on behalf of security company employees and security companies themselves for legal protections, licensing requirements and other work that protects your interests.


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