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As a new or experienced California security guard, be sure that the training facility has an up-to-date license with the BSIS (Bureau of Security and Investigative Services) when you select a training facility to obtain your California guard card or to obtain training for renewal of your guard card or firearms permit.

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Please read "What All California Security Guards Need To Know" below for pertinent information as it relates to security guards in the State Of California.

 

WHAT ALL CALIFORNIA SECURITY GUARDS NEED TO KNOW

GUARD CARD TRAINING

New guards can get their guard card with an initial 8 hours training (Power To Arrest/ Weapons of Mass Destruction / Terrorism Awareness course).

To update your new guard card, you need an additional 16 hours of training in the first 30 days.  Also, 16 more hours of training is needed in the first 6 months.

All guards need to have 8 hours refresher course each year for as long as they have their guard card.

FIREARMS PERMIT TRAINING

A firearms permit requires 14 hours of firearms training.  It's also necessary to qualify for each caliber (9mm, .40, .45, etc.) for which the guard wants to carry.  The permit holder is required to qualify twice a year, biannually at the range with live fire.

OC PEPPER SPRAY TRAINING

A California security guard can carry OC pepper spray only with appropriate training.  A certification card will provide proof of authority to carry.



 

 

ATTENTION CALIFORNIA SECURITY GUARDS!!!

Don't let your guard card license elapse.  Although you already have your guard card, you need to make sure that you are meeting the training requirements, including the annual training.  Same goes for security guard firearms permits.  BSIS will definitely verify your training when you're up for renewal, so you have to stay on top of this.  We at Shield Security Training Center can help you meet the security training requirements.  We are here to help you.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

(The following was taken from the BSIS site...Please read carefully!!)

A. Firearm Requalifications Reminder

It has come to our attention that Firearm Permit renewal applicants are not requalifying with all calibers at each mandatory requalification. This notice is to provide clarification about that issue.

An individual who possesses a Firearm Permit must requalify with all calibers listed on their permit each time they shoot. If all calibers are not included on each mandatory requalification, the individual risks losing the authorization to carry the additional calibers.

The Firearm Instructor is responsible for seeing that the application, prior to submission to the Bureau, is completed as required.

B. Baton Training Facility and Baton Instructors

When submitting the “Report of Baton Permits Issued” to the Bureau, the information on the form should be clearly printed or typewritten, and filled out completely. Incomplete or unreadable forms may be returned for completion or correction instead of filed.

C. Baton Training Facility and Baton Instructors

“Report of Baton Permits Issued” forms must be submitted to the Bureau no later than five working days following the issuance of a baton permit (Business and Professions Code, section 7585.14 (c)).

  • Important Security Guard Information

  • BSIS Firearms Requirements - for Security Guards, Alarm Agents, Private Investigators and Private Patrol Operators (PPO)

    Security Guard Training - You need to complete the 8-hour Power To Arrest course to get your guard card initially.  Then, you need to complete two mandatory courses and two elective courses for a total of 16 hours in the first 30 days, and another two mandatory and two elective courses for an additional 16 hours within the first 6 months.  You need 8 hours of training each year to retain your guard card.

    Security Guard Firearms Permit - This allows you to open (exposed) carry when you are in uniform.  You need to complete a 14-hour course (8 hours classroom and 6 hours range time).  You need to submit an application to BSIS upon completion.  You then qualify for each specific caliber you intend to carry.  Firearms requalification is needed twice each year in order for you to renew at the end of two years.  In other words, you need to requalify four times by the time you renew after two years. 

     

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