How to Become a Security Guard in Virginia

The steps to becoming a Security Guard in Virginia is similar to a lot of other states: you need to meet basic requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual security licensing requirements of this nature.


Furthermore, to get a Security Guard license in Virginia, you need to take an 18hr government approved VA Security Guard licensing course:

  • Security Officer Core Subjects Entry-level.

In Virginia, the government body that controls a VA Security Guard's license is called Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. So, it is The Department that will have to approve your VA Security Guard licensing course.


The Department will accept the security course if it is taught by an authorized security academy. Finding an official security training provider is easy in Virginia:

  • Security training info if available on The Department website.

Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements to The Department, you will get your Virginia Security Guard license.