California Guard Card

This class is the first step of the three step process that is required to get a CA State Guard Card. It includes 4-Hours of required Power-to-Arrest training and 4-Hours of required Weapons of Mass Destruction training. The course is based on the CA Department of Consumer Affairs' Power to Arrest Training Manual, and CA State BSIS course syllabus. All CA State security guards are required by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) to take this course before they can submit their CA State Guard Card Application.

Security guards are employed by licensed private patrol operators or private security employers 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)

The power to arrest training must be completed prior to the issuance of a Security Guard Registration (BPC Sections 7583.6 and 7583.8).

  • The thirty-two (32) hours of training in security officer skills must be completed within the first six (6) months of licensure.
  • Eight (8) hours of continuing training must be completed annually (BPC 7583.6 and CCR 643).
  • The training may be administered by the guard’s employing private patrol operator or by a Bureau-approved course provider.

Online Application

Applicants may apply for security guard registration online via the Bureau’s website.

Paper Application

Applicants may submit their completed security guard application, $50 application fee and completed Live Scan form containing the signature of the Live Scan operator and Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number or classifiable fingerprint cards to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
P.O. Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

Target Audience:

Security practitioners working in or developing security operations centers.

Course Information:




Certificate of Completion

Next Course:



853 Cotting Ct. Ste D, Vacaville, CA 95688


  1. Power to Arrest
  2. Legal Aspects
  3. Definition of Arrest
  4. Escalation and De-Escalation Techniques
  5. Weapons of Mass Destruction
  6. And More


Casual comfortable clothes appropriate for a learning environment.


Pen, Paper, Notepad, etc.