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New Mexico Security Guard Training Requirements

New Mexico Security Guard Training Requirements

Salary and Prospects of Security Guard Jobs in New Mexico

As per the latest employment statistics of Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for Security Guard job in New Mexico is indicated below.
  • Number of persons employed as Security Guards in New Mexico is: 22,450 
  • Annual Average Wage of a Security Guard in New Mexico is: $27,140.00.
In New Mexico unarmed security guards have to be registered and apply for a license. The state has three levels of security registration; 1, 2 and 3. Levels 1 and 2 are positions for unarmed security guards while level 3 guards are those who are allowed to carry weapons.

Eligibility Requirement for Security Guard in New Mexico

Basic requirements for level 1 and 2 are as follows: 
  • The applicant must be at least 18 years old. 
  • The applicant must have a permission to work as a United States citizen or a legal alien. 
  • The applicant must have a good moral character. 
  • Level 2 applicants must possess a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency. 
  • He or she must not have been convicted of felony, have a history of offense involving illegal use of weapons and acts of violence. 
  • He or she must be in good condition physically, and willing to stand for long periods of time. 
  • Every applicant must acquire a driver’s license. 
  • Every applicant must be able to complete the state-accredited training course. 
  • Applicants must be employed under a licensed company or under a level 3 security guard and private patrol operator.

Application Steps for Security Guard in New Mexico

The state also requires necessary documents, listed below, that must be submitted along with the application. 
  • Certification confirming that the applicant completed the required training program. 
  • Signed and notarized Declaration of Conviction. 
  • Signed and notarized Authorization for Release of Information. 
  • 2 passport-type photos, affixed to the application form.

Fees to Apply for a Security Guard in New Mexico

Application fee: $15 
Background investigation Fee: $29.95

Training Syllabus for a Security Guard in New Mexico

Level 1 security guard’s training includes: 
  • Security guard roles (1 hr) 
  • Protection of assets(1 hr) 
  • Chain of command(1 hr) 
  • Testifying in court(1 hr) 
  • Interview skills(2 hrs) 
  • Report writing(2 hrs) 
  • Evidence preservation(2 hrs) 
  • Investigations(3 hrs) 
  • Professionalism and ethics(3 hrs) 
  • First aid and CPR(8 hrs) 
For level 2, in addition to the completed level 1 course
  • Use of force(3 hrs) 
  • Side handle batons(4 hrs) 
  • Handcuffing(4 hrs) 
  • Use of tasers(5 hrs) 
  • Self defense, weapons and techniques(8 hrs)

Other Useful Information for Security Guard Application in New Mexico

Private Investigations Advisory Board,
2550 Cerrillos Rd.,
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Fax Number: (505) 476-4615

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