Security Training

Security Guard Card Training

Congratulations on your decision to start your career in the security industry!

You are entering a field that is in high demand, so your chances of getting a job and becoming a security guard are more than excellent!

Security guard training requirements vary from state to state. Please select your state below to read both the unarmed and armed security guard training requirements so you can quickly get started.

In order to apply for security guard registration in the State of California and work as an unarmed security guard, you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Complete a 40-hour course of required training. The training and exam may be administered by any private patrol operator or by a certified training facility. 

40 Hour Security Guard Training Requirement

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Prior to Being Assigned on Post 8 Hours
Training Required within the First 30 Days 16 Hours
Training Required within the First Six Months 16 Hours
TOTAL HOURS 40 HOURS

EXPEDITE PROCESSING ONLINE

In order to speed up the security guard application and fingerprinting process, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1.

The security guard must have received the eight (8) hour “Power to Arrest ” training and passed the examination. 

Step 2.

The security guard applicant, private patrol operator or the training facility must submit the security guard application online at https://www.breeze.ca.gov/datamart/loginCADCA.do;jsessionid=F946B9B2AC7E09B609EF502A7BD0DB7A.vo25. The online application is sent electronically to the Bureau.

Breakdown of fees paid online:

  • Security Guard Application Fee: $50.00
  • TOTAL: $50.00

Step 3.

The security guard applicant must submit fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. You must only use the security guard Live Scan forms downloaded from the Bureau’s Website or obtained from the Bureau. The Live Scan form from the Bureau contains the correct coding to ensure that the Bureau receives the FBI and DOJ responses.

Breakdown of fees paid at Live Scan site:

  • Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee: $32.00
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee: $17.00
  • TOTAL: $49.00

Live Scan site locations are available at https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations

Live Scan forms can be downloaded at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/index.shtml

Note: Live Scan sites may charge a Live Scan submission processing fee. The Bureau does not set the fee amount.

Step 4.

Once the Bureau has received the online application and criminal history clearances, the cleared security guard will appear on the Bureau’s Web site. The security guard, private patrol operator or training facility can verify the Bureau’s approval by checking the Bureau’s “Verify a License” at https://www.breeze.ca.gov/datamart/selSearchTypeCADCA.do?from=loginPage.

Once the security guard registration has been cleared and appears on the Bureau’s Web site, a screen-print from the Web site may be made and used as an interim security guard registration. The security guard can then be placed on assignment. The actual security guard registration will be mailed to the applicant and should be received in 10 to 15 business days.

Step 5.

Security guards placed on assignment must keep the following documents with them:

  1. A valid security guard registration or a screen print of the Bureau’s approval obtained from the Bureau’s Web site.
  2. A valid photo identification

NORMAL PROCESSING

You may also submit your application to the Bureau the traditional way:

  • Submit your completed security guard application, a $50 registration fee and a Security Guard Live Scan form signed by the Live Scan operator (see above). A $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee and a $17 FBI fingerprint processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site.
  • Send your application package to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002.

Applications for registration as a security guard are available from private patrol operators or training facilities certified by BSIS.

Price: $50.00

Schedule A Course

BSIS Mandated Semi-annual requalification Course.

As a condition for renewal of a BSIS firearm permit, the permit holder must complete four range qualifications (two qualifications in each year, no sooner than four months apart) during the two-year period the firearm permit is valid. Prior to each of the four qualifications, the permit holder must complete a two-hour training course on the use of deadly force and avoidance of deadly force. As a result, the firearm permit holder should have also completed a total of four of the two-hour training courses at the time of renewal with the written exam on the fourth qualification.

This course satisfies the California BSIS Firearm Card requirement that Security Guard re-qualify semi-annually.

Upon successful completion of this course of fire, documentation to prove course completion will be provided to the attendee.

NOTE: If the attendee completes all of their four required semi-annual re-qualifications courses with two hour refresher course, and passes the written exam on the fourth qualification and re-qualification course of fire, American Academy of Protective Training will provide, to the attendee, the historical documentation required for renewal of the attendees Firearms Permit.

This course is for those shooters wishing to qualify with a SINGLE Caliber.

Price: $150.00 each 

Schedule A Course  

School Security Guard Certification                         SB 1626 ED. CODE 38001.5

This is a 24 hour training course which meets and exceeds California Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) and California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements for security guards working at school and college districts. This course meets the training requirements mandated by SB 1626 for Campus Security Personnel as defined in Education Code 38001.5 and 72330.5 and Business and Professions Code 7583.31.

This class is limited to public safety, campus safety, campus supervisors, school security, school safety personnel assigned to school districts (K-12); California Community College Districts. Students will learn the following topics:

  • Role and Responsibility of School Security Officer (4 hours)
  • Laws and Liability (8 hours)
  • Security Awareness in the Educational Environment (3 hours)
  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution (4 hours)
  • Disasters and Emergencies (1 hours)
  • Dynamics of Student Behavior (3 hours)
  • Examination (1 hour)
                                                         

Online Course Price: $85.00

Classroom 3 Day Course Price: $175.00

Please check our Training Calendar for class times.

 

ARREST CONTROL TACTICS

This is an 8 hour training course which meets and exceeds California Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) and California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements for security guards working at school and college districts. This course meets the training requirements mandated by SB 1626 for Campus Security Personnel as defined in Education Code 38001.5 and 72330.5 and Business and Professions Code 7583.31.

This class is limited to public safety, campus safety, campus supervisors, school security, school safety personnel assigned to school districts (K-12); California Community College Districts. Students will learn the following topics:

  • Takedowns
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Handcuff Positioning
  • Team Arrest Tactics
  • Baton Control Tactics
  • Weapon Retention
This is a Classroom Course: $35.00                      

Please check our Training Calendar for class times.
 

FIREARM PERMIT TRAINING & RANGE

You may not carry a gun on duty without having been issued a firearm permit by the Bureau. Also, a firearm permit issued by the Bureau does not authorize you to carry a concealed weapon. You may not carry a concealed weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by local authorities, nor carry a caliber handgun not listed on your firearm permit. 

 The 14-hour (8 hours classroom, 6 hours range) training course covers moral and legal aspects, firearms nomenclature, weapon handling and shooting fundamentals, emergency procedures and range training. The course must be given by a Bureau-certifiedfirearms training instructor at a Bureau-certifiedtraining facility. Written and range exams are administered at the end of the course. 

Note: A firearms qualification card expires two years from the date it was issued. An applicant must re-qualify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Re-qualifications must be at least four months apart.

This is a Classroom Course: $250.00 

Please check our Training Calendar for class times.       
 

DEFENSIVE TACTICS

This is an 8 hour training course which meets and exceeds California Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) and California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements for security guards working at school and college districts. This course meets the training requirements mandated by SB 1626 for Campus Security Personnel as defined in Education Code 38001.5 and 72330.5 and Business and Professions Code 7583.31.

This class is limited to public safety, campus safety, campus supervisors, school security, school safety personnel assigned to school districts (K-12); California Community College Districts. Students will learn the following topics:

  • Hand-to-Hand
  • Protection / Disruption
  • Baton Tactics
  • Knife Awareness & Defense
  • Baton Control Tactics
  • Ground Defense & Escapes
  • Weapon Retention
  • Out-of-Holster Weapon Retention
  • Weapon Disarms

Pre-Requisite: Completion of Arrest Control Tactics

This is a Classroom Course: $35.00

Please check our Training Calendar for class times.