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This page conains answers to fequently asked questions. Please review this page to see if it answers any questions you may have:

  • Will the course work on my SmartPhone?  Our courses are designed to work on all devices. It works on Windows PCs, Macintosh Computes, IPads, Android Tablets, IPhones, and most Android Phonse  With our system, you start on one device and then continue on another at a later time. It allows you to work at your own pace, with the flexibility to use any device from any location, as long as you have Internet access.

  • Do I have to take the entire course all at once?  When taking a course, you can log in and log out as many times as you want. The course keeps track of where you are. Because the courses are online, they are convenient, and you can sign-up and take courses any time of day or night, 24x7. 

  • How does the course system work?  Our online training system is set up with each course as a set of pages. Each course has a final exam at the end. Each page presents either text and images or a short movie clip. At the end of most pages there is a short quiz. The quizzes are made up of a few questions about the page text or the presented video. The quizzes are all multiple-choice or true-false. If you miss any questions on the a quiz, you simply have to take over the missed question(s) as many times as needed to get the correct answer. Once you get all questions correct, you can move on to the next section in the course.
    Guaranteed to Pass: At the end of each course is a final exam. The final exam is a subset of the page quiz questions that you already answered. The final questions are also multiple-choice and true-false questions. It works the same way where if you miss any questions, you can retake only the missed questions until you get all the questions correct. You do not have to repeat any questions that you got correct, but you have to get every question correct before you can pass the course. 

  • What if I have a criminal background? Having a felony or misdemeanor conviction does not automatically disqualify someone from getting a Guard Card. The BSIS considers your circumstances and "evidence of rehabilitation", and treats every individual on a case by case basis. It is very important to be truthful on your State application. Only a major conviction will automatically disqualify you from being issued a guard card. The BSIS takes into account what the crime was, how long ago it was and many other factors when reviewing a potential guard's background. Also know that if you receive a letter of denial of you guard card from the BSIS, you have the right to appeal that denial up to 3 times with no additional fees paid. The instructions and important timelines for appeal come with the denial letter.

  • What do I do after I finish the Guard Card Course?   Once you finish the 8-Hour Guard Card Course you have completed Step 1 of 3. With our system, you can print your training certificates out right when you complete a course, and you can always log back in and access your certificates from any computer any time afterward. Next you have to complete Step 2 by getting fingerprinted at a LiveScan location (Click Here for LiveScan Location Finder), and then complete Step 3 by submitting your Online Security Guard Application to the CA State Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). This information is described in detail, with links to all necessary items, in the 'The 3 Steps to Getting a Guard Card' section on our Home Page. Note that there is a fee for each step. The Live Scan operators charge a fingerprinting fee, and the State BSIS charges $54 to submit their Online Security Guard Application online.

  • How long does it take to get my Guard Card? Once you have all three steps complete (including step 3 - submitting your ONLINE application to the BSIS), the BSIS receives your application, reviews your background based on the fingerprint search, verifies your trainig certificate information, and approves your application. According to the BSIS the process takes about 7 to 15 working days, assuming your criminal record is clear. If you do have some criminal history, no matter how minor, it can take 4-8 weeks for a decision which is typically received by mail.

    Note that the day that the BSIS clears you, they put it into their database and you can see it online (Verify a License). Once your name shows up, you can print that page and use it as a temporary guard card. Following that, it takes the BSIS about another week or two to get the guard card mailed out to the address that you put on your BSIS application.

    Important: These are CA State processing time estimates, and it is all dependent upon how fast the state processes your application.

  • How do I get started? Go to the GuardCardCourses.com home page, and click the Buy Now for the Guard Card Course (SC-101) button. Follow the instructions to go to the PayPal website and pay for your course or courses package. Return to our website, log in again, and start your course(s). For all other courses and course packages, you can order them directly from the Courses page.

  • What do I do with my other training certificates after I finish a course?  For all other certificates, other than the initial 8-hour Guard Card Course, you are required to print your certificates out and give them to you employer. You do not need to send them to the BSIS. The security employers are required to keep the training certificates for all of their employees on file at all times.

  • Is GuardCardCourses.com approved by the CA State BSIS?  We are fully approved.  All of our online courses comply with the CA State Department of Consumer Affairs Skills Training Courses for security guards. The BSIS uses for that for their training requirements compliance. We operate under the BSIS Firearm training facility license held by Two Protect Institute, which is run by our certified instructor, Charles 'Terry' Brown. Click here to see our CA State BSIS license information.

  • Is it better to take all 40 Hours before I start working?  It is only required for you to take the initial 8-hour Guard Card Course (Power to Arrest and Weapons of Mass Destruction) before you can start working. However, all guards still need to take the other 32-hours within the first 6 months of starting work and potential employers are more likely to hire someone with all 40-hours completed than they are someone without.

    That's why we include the discounted course packages for 40-hours, 32-hours and a few different 16 hour packages, to save you money.  The packages save you money, and if you have the full 40-hours completed before you start working, you can put that on your resume so potential employers will know you are serious about being a guard.

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