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. You have to undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (B.S.I.S.). And, you must 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.
Guard Card Certification
For you to get and maintain a guard card, you must complete 40 hours of training in security guard skills, following the B.S.I.S. training course.
To apply for Guard Card registration, you must have completed the 8 hours Power to Arrest and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism Awareness courses and pass the exam with a 100% score.
The remaining 32 hours of required training must be completed to “maintain” your eligible/active guard card registration, which is valid for two years.
When you receive your guard card, 16 hours of training is required in the first 30 days of the “issue date” on your card. The remaining 16 hours of training must be completed within the first six months of the “issue date”. That is the total 40 hours required.
In addition to the above-outlined training requirements, you must take an 8-hour refresher course yearly.
Guard Card Procedures
- Procedure for Getting a Guard Certification
- Be at least 18 years old and undergo a criminal history background check
- Complete a 40-hour course of required training
- 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Training