Qualifications & Selection Process


Must be 18 years of age
No felony convictions
Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution is highly desired.
Completion of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units from an accredited college or university, half of which (6 semester or 9 quarter units) must have been in criminal justice or a behavioral science. Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at (Download PDF reader). Applicants completing the exam process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying coursework.

The City of Los Angeles requires that a Security Officer candidate be a United States 
citizen, or that a non-citizen be a permanent resident alien who, in accordance with the 
requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is eligible and 
has applied for citizenship.
During the selection process, each non-citizen is required to prove that USCIS accepted 
his/her application for citizenship prior to the date the Security Officer written test was taken.
California State law requires that citizenship be granted within three years after the 
employment application date. For information regarding citizenship requirements, 
contact the USCIS.

Work Experience and Training

  • One year of full-time paid experience as a security guard, security officer, security aide, law enforcement officer, correctional officer, traffic officer, park ranger, firefighter, or Police Student Worker (with the City of Los Angeles); or
  • One year of preparation as a police explorer or cadet with a law enforcement agency or fire explorer or cadet with a fire department; or
  • One year of full-time service, with satisfactory performance, or two years as a reservist, with satisfactory performance, in the United States Armed Forces; or
  • Current employment as a Police Officer I with the City of Los Angeles, not having completed the Los Angeles Police Academy.



Selection Process


Examination Weights:  Multiple-Choice Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Qualifying
Training and Experience Questionnaire . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100%
Step 1: City applications and Security Officer Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire (T&E) WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON-LINE.  

Click here to complete your application. Candidates who fail to submit the City application and Supplemental Questionnaires at the time of filing will not be considered candidates in this examination and their application will not be processed.

Step 2: Multiple-Choice Test
The qualifying multiple-choice test will be administered and proctored on-line, and the following competencies may be evaluated: written communication, reading comprehension, interpersonal skills, and other knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Candidates invited to participate in the qualifying on-line multiple-choice test will be able to take the test from a remote location using a computer with a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the dates and specific steps on how to take the qualifying multiple-choice test on-line.
Passing Score for the Qualifying Multiple-Choice Test
The passing score for the multiple-choice test will be determined by Personnel Department staff after the qualifying written test is administered. Consideration will be given to the number of candidates taking the test and the existing and anticipated number of vacancies, such that there are a sufficient number of eligibles on the list to satisfy current and future vacancies for the next two years. Therefore, the passing score for the qualifying multiple-choice test may be set either above or below 70%.

Training and Experience Questionnaire
Candidates must pass the qualifying Multiple-Choice Test to have their Security Officer Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire evaluated. The candidates' responses to the Security Officer Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire and job application information will be submitted to an expert review panel for evaluation. The expert review panel will assign a numerical score to each candidate based on an assessment of each candidate's qualifications as described on the candidate's training and Experience Questionnaire. The Training and Experience Questionnaire may assess the following competencies: ability to handle stressful situations, ability to organize and manage assignments, interpersonal skills, writing ability, and other knowledge, skills, and abilities. Unsolicited supplemental information will not be submitted to the review panel.

A final average score of 70% in the Training and Experience Questionnaire portion of the examination is required to be placed on the eligible list.

Step 3: Personal History Statement (PHS) and Department Interview

Candidates will be asked to complete and submit a Personal History Statement (PHS) online at a later date. Certification by a Department is subject to a candidate's completion of the PHS.  Any candidate who does not submit this information by the specified date will be ineligible for certification at that time. The information provided in your PHS will be used during the Background Investigation. 

Step 4: Background

Prior to appointment, a thorough and comprehensive Background Investigation will be conducted. You must not have a history of criminal or improper conduct including any felony convictions. You must not have poor employment, military, or driving records, which would affect your suitability for security work. You must have a responsible financial history. You must have displayed a pattern of respect and honesty in your dealings with individuals and organizations. You must be fingerprinted and have no disqualifying record of law violations or other improper conduct. Potentially disqualifying violations or conduct includes convictions for more than one minor offense within the past year.

Some positions may require carrying a firearm and/or a baton and/or chemical agent, and successful completion of an appropriate training for the use of such equipment. For positions requiring a firearm, candidates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire, and they must pass a thorough screening of their personal history and conviction record.

Some positions may require a valid California driver's license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as a DUI).

Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence from carrying a firearm. In addition, all candidates being assigned to work at any airport or seaport will be required to comply with federal background standards, including but not limited to, fingerprint based on Criminal History Records checks.

Step 5: Conditional Job Offer

If you receive and accept a conditional job offer, appointment is subject to completing a MEDICAL EXAMINATION.

Step 6: Medical Examination and Fingerprints

Candidates must be determined to be medically qualified to perform the essential duties of a Security Officer. Candidates must undergo a comprehensive medical examination given by a City physician. Candidates may be required to undergo a DRUG and ALCOHOL screening test based on City policy.   

Step 7: Probation 6 months from hire date


Additional job analysis information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Security Officer.

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