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Security Guard Training Requirements (California)

The following are the California state security guard training requirements as mandated by the state of California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) - See reference on the California State BSIS Website.

Training Requirements

  • 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.

BSIS Advises: All registered security guards should maintain their own documented proof of completion of their training. Employers are required to maintain records for a minimum of two years; however registrants may need to provide subsequent employers or BSIS with training records. As a result BSIS recommends that registrants maintain copies of all of their own training records.

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