BSIS (Bureau of Security and Investigative Service) is the State of California agency responsible for issuing Guard Cards. You can apply for your Guard Card after you pass the Guard Card class. Guard Card training consists of two courses:
After you pass the Guard Card class you must submit fingerprints via LIVESCAN and undergo a background check. For your convenience we’ve included a link to a LIVESCAN facility or you can find one near you.
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Who Needs a Guard Card?
The State of California requires all security officers (no matter if uniformed or plain clothed), loss prevention agents, bouncers, bodyguards, night watchmen, protective agents or anyone else employed in any capacity related to security, access control, theft prevention and protection to posses a valid Guard Card. If you work in any capacity related to protection and security you must possess a valid Guard Card. YOU MAY NOT ACT AS AN NOT AN INDEPENDENT AGENT or INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR. Once you receive your Guard Card it is valid for two years from the date of issue and allows you to be the employee of by any PPO (what is a PPO?) or proprietary security employer.
Guard Cards are issued by BSIS based upon BSIS standards and requirements. We are licensed to provide your training but the State of California will issue your guard card. We do not issue our Guard Card and we do not guarantee that BSIS will approve your Guard Card application.
A Little More About the Guard Card Class:
The Guard Card course is an eight hour course of training divided into two sections. The first four hours are based on the “Power to Arrest” (PTA) Training Manual developed by BSIS. This course is a self-paced workbook, study guide, quiz’s and a final examination. The second four hour section is the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMD) course based on student guide, workbook and training videos provided by BSIS. This course is conducted using video lecture, workbook study and written examination. Students must complete the both to apply for their Guard Card. The PTA test consists of an OPEN BOOK TEST on which you must attain a score of 100%. The WMD test consists of a ten question test on which you must score 80% or better.
If you’re ready to get your State of California Guard Registration Card and work as a uniformed or plain clothed security officer in California then you’re in the right place!
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