Training Requirements to Get a Guard Card

If you are a security guard, you must complete the 40-hour BSIS course syllabus within either

  • the first 6 months of receiving your Guard Card;
  • or within 6 months of the date you are hired to work as a security guard either by a PPO or PSE.

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Guard Card Training Syllabus

The security guard training syllabus was developed by the BSIS as mandated by California State Law.

This training syllabus includes:

+ 4 Hours of Powers to Arrest before applying for Guard Card

+ 4 Hours of Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism before applying for Guard Card

+ 8 Hours of required security related courses within 3 months of getting your Guard Card

+ 8 Hours of required security related classes within 6 months of getting your Guard Card

+ 8 Hours of elective security related courses within 3 months of getting your Guard Card

+ 8 Hours of elective security related classes within 6 months of getting your Guard Card

= 40 Hours

You can see this security guard card training syllabus on the BSIS Website.

Completion Certificate

For each course or group of courses you take and finish satisfactorily, the business or person providing your training must give you a Certificate of Completion. The certificate should have on it:

  • The type of course(s) you took
  • The number of hours of training you took
  • Your name
  • The name of the company you took the training from
  • The name of the licensed instructor who taught the course
  • The Training Provider license number of the company or person you took the training from
  • The date you completed the course(s)
  • A certificate of completion number (the BSIS uses this number for tracking purposes)
  • A statement that the course you took complies with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Skills Training Course for security guards

Guard Card Training Syllabus Class Topics

The following is the outline of the initial 8 hours of courses required to get your Guard Card.

Powers to Arrest

  • Overview and Origin of Authority to Detain and Arrest
    • Definition of a Detention
    • Definition of an Arrest
    • What is a Private Citizen’s Arrest
  • Use of Force
    • Legal
    • Employer Policy
  • Search and Seizure
    • 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
    • Acting as a Law Enforcement Agent
  • Discovering Contraband
  • Definition of Private/Public Property
    • Jurisdiction
    • Trespass

Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness

  • Introduction and Overview of the Training
  • The Role of a Security Officer
  • The Nature of Terrorism
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Coordinating and Sharing of Critical Information

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