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Proprietary Private Security Officer (PSO) Training

TwoProtect Training Institute offers the full 16-Hours of CA State Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) required PSO training for $65.00.

CA State BSIS PPSO FACT Sheet with Training Requirements: BSIS PPSO FACT SHEET

For full details and information about PSO licensing, please see our PSO FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

Company/Corporate Discounts
If you have multiple guards that need PSO training, we offer company discounts that range from 20-40% off, depending upon the number of guards. Please call (415) 754-8273 for more information.

16-Hour BSIS Certified PSO Course (PSO-100) - $65.00

PSO Live Scan Form

2-HR BSIS Required Annual PSO Refresher (PSO-200) - $12.00


How to Get a PSO License

Getting a PSO License is easy:

  1. Purchase and complete the 16-Hour PSO Training Course.
  2. Get fingerprinted by Live Scan using This Form. (Find a Live Scan Location).
  3. Submit the CA State BSIS PSO Application by mail using the CA State BSIS PSO Mail In Application, or submit it online using the CA State BSIS online registration website, https://www.breeze.ca.gov


16-Hour PSO Training Course Package Contents

The 16-Hour PSO Training Course Package consists of the following courses:

  • PSO-101 Power to arrest - 2 hrs
  • PSO-102 Weapons of Mass Destruction - 2 hrs
  • PSO-103 Roles and Responsibilities - 1 hr
  • PSO-104 Public and Employer Expectations - 1 hr
  • PSO-105 Liability Issues - 4 hrs
  • PSO-106 Communication and Conflict Management - 4 hrs
  • PSO-107 Emergency Procedures - 2 hrs


Frequently Asked Questions about PSOs

  • What is a PSO License, and who needs one?
    If you work in a security capacity for any company that is not Private Patrol Operator (PPO or Security Company), you are now required to either have a Guard Card or a PSO License. With a Guard Card, you can work for any PPO or any non-PPO company in a security capacity. With a PSO license, you can work for a single non-PPO company. Any non-PPO company that hires guards in California is considered a Proprietary Private Security Employer (PSE), and they are required to have a BSIS PSE license. When you work for a specific night club, entertainment company, hotel, store, sports team, or any other business in a security capacity, you can get a PSO license that allows you to work as a proprietary private security officer for that specific company.

    IMPORTANT: If you have a Guard Card, you don't need a PSO license, you can work for any PSE employer with just the Guard Card. Many employers seem to be sending people with guard cards to get PSO licenses when they don't need it.

  • Does a PSO have to work for a PSE? YES, anyone hiring a PSO in the state of CA needs a PSO license. Make sure that your employer has their required PSE license, otherwise they are not even authorized by the BSIS to hire you. Many employers don't know that, as there are far fewer PSE licenses in the state of CA than there are places that hire security guards. Any employer in CA that hires someone as a security guard needs a PSE license. And, a PSE license is easy and inexpensive to obtain. See PSE Information for details.

  • How do I get a PSO License/Registration?
    Submit a PSO Application to the BSIS, along with a check or money order for $50, and a PSO Live Scan form signed by the Live Scan operator.    PSO Live Scan Form

  • What are the training requirements for a registered PSO?
    All PSOs must complete a 16-hour course within the first six months of receiving the PSO registration, or within six months of the date of hire by the PSO employer.  The training consists of 2-hours of Powers to Arrest, 2-hours of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness, and 12-hours of security related courses as outlined in the syllabus. See the Training Syllabus BSIS web site. This is the exact training program offered by the 16-Hour PSO training course package.

  • How long does the PSO application process take?
    Average processing time is approximately 30 days. Issuance of the PSO registration is dependent on several factors including the completion of the criminal history check by the Department of Justice and the FBI.

  • How can I check the status of my application?
    You can contact the BSIS at (800) 952-5210 or (916) 322-4000.

  • At what point am I required to obtain a PSO registration?
    With some exceptions, when you are working exclusively for one employer, your primary duty is to provide security services for his or her employer, your services are not contracted to any other entity or person, and you meet both of the following criteria: (a) You are required to wear a distinctive uniform clearly identifying you as a security officer, and (b) you are likely to interact with the public while performing your duties. For exceptions to these requirements, see Business and Professions Code section 7574.

  • Can I work on a temporary registration?
    No, you must have a valid PSO registration in your possession before going on duty.

  • If I have a conviction, can I still apply for a PSO registration?
    Yes, applicants with criminal histories will be considered and registration decisions are rendered on a case-by-case basis.

  • If I have a CA State Guard Card, do I need a PSO registration?
    No, if you have a CA State Guard Card, you can work for any PSE or Private Patrol Operator (PPO).

  • Can a PSO carry a firearm or baton?
    No, under no circumstances can a PSO carry a deadly weapon.

  • How do I know that all this information offered by this website is legitimate?
    You can see all the exact same information on the BSIS website:  BSIS PSO Fact Sheet.





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