How to Become a Certified Florida School Crossing Guard
To protect Florida's children, high standards for selection of adult crossing guards are essential.
It takes a very special person to be a Florida School Crossing Guard. To be considered you should possess the following qualifications:
- Have good communication skills;
- Be in good physical condition,including sight, hearing, and mobility;
- Be mentally alert;
- Have a neat appearance;
- Maintain a good moral character;
- Be dependable; and
- Have a sense of responsibility for the safety of children.
In most cases, passing a physical examination and a criminal background check will be conditions for employment as a School Crossing Guard.
Additionally, most local crossing guard programs are subject to state requirements for standardized training. This training is conducted by a certified crossing guard trainer and includes:
- Classroom instruction;
- Practical training at a crosswalk (or simulated intersection) without children present; and
- Supervised duty and observation at the guard's assigned (primary) crossing, with children present.
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Florida School Crossing Guard, please contact a local law enforcement agency that administers a crossing guard program in your area.