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Where to Find a PDF of Questions and Answers from the Unarmed Security Test?
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The Security Officer Network provides future security officers with a complementary PDF. It features many of the questions and answers that you will find on most states' unarmed security exams. It has been used by hundreds of readers as they prepare for the unarmed security test that is required by many states prior to licensure as a security guard. You can download the PDF, known as the Unarmed Security Prep Guide, from this page. Once you have examined your PDF, you may take The Security Officer Network's unarmed practice test. Those who score a 75% or higher will receive a certificate of passage. --> Read More

How to Become a Security Consultant
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Every officer should approach security from the perspective of the security consultant. The science of consulting is at its core the science of thoughtful observation. And, even though the course taker may never become a security consultant, he will forever benefit from seeing the world through the eyes of a consultant. From personal protection officer, to armored car driver, to security manager, true success in this industry depends on the officer's ability to observe. Observation is a mindset and this course teaches the science of observation.


How Much Does It Cost To Start a Security Company in 2018?
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There isn't much incentive to make a career working within one of the big security agencies. Even when an officer works his way up the ranks he will all-too-often become a human resource drone stuck behind a desk where he mostly tries to keep each shift staffed with a warm body.

So how much does it cost to get away from the big security companies and start a security company?

The low cost of entry presents one of the most attractive components of starting a business in the security industry. There are few upfront costs because running a security company requires very little in capital assets. Also the security business owner may choose to work one of his own standing posts. This allows him to continue earning an income without building in overhead for his own salary. Using this strategy he keeps upfront costs low while he builds his company. Here is a breakdown of the minimum required upfront cost.


Security Guards: How to Get Free College Credits with FEMA Courses.
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Those who receive The Professional Security Officer eCourse (it's free to anyone who downloads the free Unarmed Guide from The Security Officer Network) are taught the importance of getting public-safety certifications. Specifically, course participants are encouraged to complete as many free, online, FEMA course certifications as possible.

There are other benefits. These courses may entitle you to free college credits. For example: Charter Oak State College in New Britain, Connecticut, is known to accept these credits at no cost to its distance-learning students.


What are the Advantages to Starting an Agency in the Private Security Space?
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It's been years, but I still vividly recall the conversation. I was 18 years old and a brand-new, freshly-licensed security officer who had just been hired by a big security company; a company whose name you would recognize.


How to Pass Time as a Security Guard?
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1. You can do what many security guards do: watch movies on your computer; text or chat with friends on your phone; get into long, pointless, time-wasting conversations with any co-workers that might be on late night duty or even try to sneak in a nap or two. These officers have ideologized a time-wasting culture at their post and it's a culture that entices you into an ethic of life-wasting laziness; or 2. You can use this time to your benefit. Here's how: --> Read More

Which U.S. States Require State Licensing of Security Officers and Which Do Not?
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38 states and the District of Columbia require state-level licensing/certification of security officers.

12 states do not require security guards to register with the state; although, depending on location, the officer may need to register with the local city government, e.g., neither Kansas nor Missouri require state licensing but officers from both states are required to register with their respective city governments. --> View Breakdown of States

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The Unarmed Security Exam Prep Guide

Unarmed Security Officer Exam Prep Guide Cover is the exclusive provider of this free 57 page guide. It features just about everything you need to know before taking the exam and includes The Professional Security Officer eCourse. You may get your copy for free right now only at! Submit your name and email to receive your copy via email or click here to learn more about this guide.

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How to Start a Security Guard Company

How To Start A Security Guard Company Book Cover is the exclusive provider of this free 140 page ebook. Less-comprehensive versions sell for $24, but, for the time being, you may get your copy for free right now only at! Submit your name and email to receive your copy via email or click here to learn more about the book.

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The forty question, free practice exam will test your unarmed security knowledge. It's the perfect test prep for those who must sit an exam before getting licensing.