Security Guard Training

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What is a “contract” Security Guard?

Any person employed by a licensed private patrol operator who provides services as a security guard and is registered by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services as a security guard.

Security Training Class

What are the requirements for registering as a Security Guard?

The general requirements for a Security Guard are:

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.

Date of Completion

  • Before you start working – “Guard Card”
  • Training Required within the First 30 Days
  • Training Required within the First Six Months

Training Hours Needed

  • 8 Hours
  • 16 Hours
  • 16 Hours

What is the length of term for a Security Guard registration?

A security guard registration is valid for two years.

I have completed 832 PC training. Can I obtain a Security Guard registration?

No. In order to get the Bureau’s registration/permit; you must complete the Bureau’s training.

Can an emancipated minor apply for a Security Guard registration?

No. The law allows no exceptions to the age requirement.

I am changing employers; should I send in a new Security Guard registration application?

No. A guard registration authorizes you to work as a Security Guard for any Private Patrol Operator or in-house employer.

I was denied a Security Guard registration. When can I reapply?

You may submit a new application one year from the date of denial.

I received a 1203.4 dismissal on my conviction. Do I still need to report the conviction on my application?

Yes. You still must report the conviction.

Can a Security Guard work for more than one employer?

Yes, as long as he/she is an employee, on payroll with the proper payroll deductions being made.