Security Officer Training
Security Guard Registration
Requirements for Licensure
Security guards are employed by licensed Private Patrol Operators (PPO) or private security employers (PSE) to protect persons or property or prevent theft as defined in Business and Professions Code (BPC) Section 7582.1. To be eligible to apply for a security guard registration through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Service (BSIS or Bureau), you must:
Be at least 18 years old (BPC Section 7582.8)
Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (BPC Sections 7581 and 7583.9) and
Complete the Power to Arrest training (see "Training Requirements" below)
Class is currently $60 with SecurCPR/Triple Threat Solutions.
Criminal History Background Check/Live Scan
Applicants for a BSIS Security Guard Registration must undergo a criminal history background check through the FBI and DOJ. Applicants should use the Security Guard Request for Live Scan Service form, which is available for download on the Bureau's website. The Security Guard Request for Live Scan Form contains the correct coding needed to ensure the Bureau receives the information in a timely manner- failure to Live Scan with the correct form will delay the processing of your application. Applicants are responsible for paying all Live Scan, DOJ and FBI processing fees at the time of fingerprinting.
Current cost for Livescan Service at the UPS Store on Rosedale Hwy is $69.
The power to arrest training must be completed prior to the issuance of a Security Guard Registration (BPC Sections 7583.6 and 7583.8).
NOTE: A security guard registrant who is unable to provide their employing licensee the certificate of satisfactory completion of the power to arrest training shall complete the training within six months of the registrant’s employment date.
The thirty-two (32) hours of training in security officer skills must be completed within the first six (6) months of registration.
NOTE: A security guard registrant who is unable to provide their employing PPO the certificates of satisfactory completion of the security officer skills training shall complete 16 hours of the training within 30 days of the registrant’s employment date and shall complete the 16 remaining hours within six months of the registrant’s employment date.
Eight (8) hours of continuing training must be completed annually (BPC 7583.6 and California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 643).
The training may be administered by a Private Patrol Operator, a Bureau certified training facility, or by a Bureau-approved course provider.
All registered security guards are required to maintain their certificate of completion of the required training until the registration expires or has been canceled (BPC 7583.6). Employers are required to maintain records for the duration of the registrant’s employment.
Create an account on the Dept. of Consumer Affairs website at www.breeze.ca.gov
Pay the $55 Initial Security Guard Registration Application Fee.