WA State Unarmed Guard Post Assignment Training
Post-assignment Training Requirements
All security companies must provide eight hours of post assignment training to licensed security guards in the second year of security guard employment. In each of the following years, four hours of annual refresher training is required. (See RCW 18.170.110 (4)). This is training that takes place after the security guard is working guard duty.
The topic areas that must be used for post-assignment training are as follows. Post-assignment training may also include the subject topics listed beginning on of this manual under WAC 308-18-300 Pre-assignment Training.
Minimum post-assignment training requirements and training topics.
(1) The topic areas that must be used for post-assignment training are as follows and may also include the subject topics listed under WAC 308-18-300:
(a) Basic role of private security guards.
(i) Security awareness;
(ii) Private security guards and the criminal justice system;
(iii) Information sharing;
(iv) Crime and loss prevention.
(b) Legal aspects of private security.
(i) Evidence and evidence handling;
(ii) Use of force;
(iii) Court testimony;
(iv) Incident scene preservation;
(v) Equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity;
(vi) State and local laws.
(c) Security officer conduct.
(iii) Professional image.
(d) Observation and incident reporting.
(i) Observation techniques;
(ii) Note taking;
(iii) Report writing.
(e) Principles of communications.
(i) Interpersonal skills;
(ii) Verbal communication skills;
(iii) Building relationships with law enforcement;
(iv) Customer services and public relations;
(v) Workplace violence.
(f) Principles of access control.
(i) Enter and exit control procedures;
(ii) Electronic security systems.
(g) Principles of safeguarding information.
Proprietary and confidential.
(h) Emergency response procedures.
Critical incident response (e.g., natural disasters. accidents, human caused events).
(i) Evacuation processes.
(j) Life safety awareness.
(i) Safety hazards in the workplace/surroundings;
(ii) Emergency equipment placement;
(iii) Fire prevention skills;
(iv) Hazardous materials;
(v) Occupational safety and health requirements (OSHA, bloodborne pathogens, etc.).
(k) Job assignment and post orders.
(i) Assignments and tasks;
(2) The required post-assignment training records must be attested to by a licensed certified trainer and retained by the company. The post-assignment training records must include the following information:
(a) Security guard name and signature;
(b) Training topics covered;
(c) Number of training hours received;
(d) Date training was completed;
(e) Certified trainer attesting to the training.
(3) Electronic records and signatures are permitted. The post-assignment training records are not required to be submitted to the department, but must be available upon request from the company for three years.
(4) Security guard companies are required to maintain complete detailed training records. The training records must include the name and signature of the department certified trainer attesting to the training provided.
Transferring security guards may provide a copy of their training records to another security guard company. Security guard companies may accept the records as proof that the security guards have completed the required post-assignment training and not repeat post-assignment training.
Companies must maintain records regarding the training hours completed by each employee. All such records are subject to inspection by the department. The training requirements and test results must be recorded and attested to by a department-certified trainer. Training records must contain a description of the topics covered, the name and signature of the trainer, and the name and signature of the security guard