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Monday, March 25, 2013

What Qualifications Do You Need to Be a Bouncer?

 Training for bouncers may combine combat procedures
 with sensitivity training. (Photo: hostile enforcer image by
Brett Mulcahy from


Most establishments that hire bouncers will require the bouncers to attend some kind of training either in-house or provided by an outside security training organization. Training may include legal issues and laws concerning use of physical force, alcohol, under-aged patrons and proper criminal procedures in working with law enforcement. Training also may encompass acceptable combat and self-defense moves for a bouncer in addition to sensitivity training to ensure bouncers are not overly aggressive in the course of the job. Required training regulations may differ according to the state. In California for example, regulations stipulate that a bouncer should attend the Skills Training Course for Security Guards in order to receive a security license.


A successful bouncer must possess certain personality traits and people skills to maintain order and enforce rules and regulations. He must have an ability to confront offenders in a manner that conveys authority but without further provoking or antagonizing any individual or group. An overly aggressive demeanor can exacerbate a difficult situation, so a bouncer must possess or learn to develop the skills needed to diffuse tension.

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