How to Become an Armored Truck Driver/Guard
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Armored truck drivers play multiple roles. They're transportation workers, guards and service providers. They're responsible for safely moving money and other valuables from place to place and supplying cash to ATM machines. You don't need a college degree to get the job, but you will need certain skills and qualifications.
You'll must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver's license and a good driving record to be employed as an armored truck driver or guard. A commercial driver's license might not be required, but it can make you a more attractive candidate. Professional driving experience and knowledge of the routes in a company's service area are also helpful.
State Training Requirements
Find out what's required to become a registered armed guard in your state. Requirements usually include training followed by an examination covering topics such as the duties and limitations of an armed guard and the safe and legal use of firearms. Depending on your state, you may have to take a shooting test, and you'll either need a valid weapons permit or be able to pass the state licensing exam to get one. If you're required to carry other weapons, such as stun guns or clubs, you may have to take a training course for each.
Working on an armored truck is a physically demanding job. You must be able to drive a large vehicle -- often in a congested urban environment -- and be willing to work in various weather conditions. You must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. The job also requires a willingness and ability to confront danger and risk personal harm to protect cargo and other people.
Experience and Skills
Emphasize relevant work history -- such as employment as a police officer, peace officer or solider -- when writing cover letters and during interviews. Use that experience to prove you're alert and capable of being prepared at all times. Display good customer service and communication skills, which are necessary when interacting with co-workers and clients. Armored guards must document their actions, so emphasize your good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
Making the Cut
Be prepared to supply references who can attest to your work ethic and good moral character. Being dependable and trustworthy are essential qualities for armored truck drivers and guards. You must submit your fingerprints and undergo a background check. You'll have to take a drug test and mental and behavioral assessments. A history of mental disease, incompetence or substance abuse will make you ineligible for the job. Certain crimes, such as those involving a firearm, theft or narcotics, also will disqualify you.
Felicia Dye graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an associate's degree in paralegal studies. She began her writing career specializing in legal writing, providing content to companies including Internet Brands and private law firms. She contributes articles to Trace 775.com.
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