CA Guard Card License & Training Costs
CA has some of the most extensive requirements to be a security guard compared to other states. This site has the info you need to become a security officer following the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) rules.
|Initial security guard training||$60 to $250||8||Online training usually less expensive then in classroom training. Guard Card course fee varies by training provider.|
|Additional 6 months security Guard Card class requirement||$250 to $800||32||Again, classes don’t cost as much online. Guard Card training cost set by school, not the BSIS.|
|Annual CA Guard Card refresher course||$40 to $100||8||Lower prices can be found online or your employer may offer in-house training.|
|Security guard fingerprinting and background check||$51 + Live Scan fee||N/A||The BSIS doesn’t set these fees. Each Live Scan location sets its own fee. The $51 is the standard cost the Department of Justice and FBI charge to process your fingerprints and do your background check.|
|Guard Card application||$75||N/A||It takes 1 to 6 weeks to get your Guard Card once the BSIS gets your application. Using the online application is much faster than mailing in your application. The time it takes also depends on how long your background check takes.|
|Guard Card renewal||$35||N/A||Renew your California Guard Card every 2 years.|
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Security Guard Info & Application Process
- Definition of a security guard according to California’s BSIS.
- Are you a security guard or a PSO?
- Overview of steps to get a security Guard Card.
- Getting and completing Guard Card training,
- Getting fingerprinted at a Live Scan location.
- Getting, completing and submitting the BSIS Guard Card application online form.
- Verifying your Guard Card is valid.
- Updating, replacing or renewing your Guard Card.
- California BSIS Guard Card training requirements and syllabus.
- Finding and taking Guard Card training online. Tips for choosing an online Guard Card training provider. Guard Card online training provider reviews.
- Finding and taking security guard training in a classroom.
- Guard Card annual refresher course requirements.