The state of California has a very specific process for becoming a licensed Security Officer.
Many people refer to this license as a “Guard card” but it’s just a permit to work as a contract Security Officer for a private company.
Once you receive your permit, you are qualified to work for a company as a uniformed Security Officer.
The minimum qualifications for an unarmed Security Officer are:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must undergo a criminal history background check through the DOJ and the FBI
- You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training (see below)
The training and exam may be administered by any private patrol operator or by a certified training facility.
Here’s the breakdown of the 40 Hour Security Officer Training Requirement
|Prior to Being Assigned on Post||8 Hours|
|Training Required within the First 30 Days||16 Hours|
|Training Required within the First Six Months||16 Hours|
|TOTAL HOURS||40 HOURS|
On-Line Licensing Is Faster
If you have access to a computer, I would recommend applying online. (If not, see below for regular processing)
This process allows Security Officer applicants to apply for initial registration on-line, but only if they also submit their fingerprints through the Department of Justice (DOJ) via Live Scan. A $32.00 DOJ fingerprint processing fee and a $19.00 FBI fee must be paid at the Live Scan site.
Step #1 – Go to an approved Livescan provider and get your fingerprints “scanned”. Search for a Livescan provider at this link:
Fees required at Livescan:
$32.00 DOJ fingerprint fee
$19.00 FBI fee
$51.00 total – not including the fee required by the facility that takes your prints.(varies between $10.00 – $50.00 Shop around)
Step #2 – Go online and process your application with the BSIS. Start here: http://www.dca.ca.gov/proflic/securityguards.shtml
Fees required for your initial application include:
POWER TO ARREST COURSE OUTLINE
The Power to Arrest Course consists of four (4) hours of training in both of the following two (2) subjects:
Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual on the training topics delineated at Business and Professions Code section 7583.7, including, without limitation, legal aspects, techniques, liability, and company requirements relating to the arrest of an individual. The training will utilize the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Power to Arrest Training Manual and may include lecture, discussion, exercises and role-playing.
- Overview of Power to Arrest Manual and subject matter.
- Definition of arrest and discussion on the implications to the subject, the guard and the company.
- Lecture/discussion on escalation and de-escalation techniques in the use of force.
- Lecture/discussion in the use of restraint techniques and their implications.
- Discussion of trespass laws and implications of enforcement.
- Completion of the Power to Arrest Training Manual Test with 100% score in accordance with the Manual’s Administering Instructions.
Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual on the subject matter and observation skills required to identify and report precursor activities to a terrorist event, react appropriately, report the occurrence of a terrorist event, and remain safe while helping control the scene after a terrorist event. The training will utilize the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism Awareness for Security Professionals course consisting of a Digital Video Disk (DVD), Student Workbook and Facilitator Manual.
- 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.