As of July 1, 2004 California State Assembly Bill 2880 changed the law when it came to training California Security Officers. Prior to this bill being passed Security Officers seeking to obtain a valid California Guard Card only had to complete 8 hour of training, 4 hours "Powers of Arrest" and 4 hours of "Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness" this initial training is now referred to as "Module 1". That initial guard card 8 hour training "Module 1" is still required to obtain your guard card but now every applicant after July 1, 2004 must also complete an additional 32 hours (Module 2 & 3). The law however does not apply to Security Officers who obtained their guard cards prior to July 1, 2004.
The new required training is broken up into two separate parts referred to as "Modules" each consisting of 16 hours worth of training. Module 2 includes specific "parts" required by law which consist of the following; Part A. Public Relations 4 hours, Part B. Observation & Report Writing 4 hours, Part C. Communication and its Significance 4 hours and last but not least Part D. Liability and Legal Aspects 4 hours. The parts/courses taught within Modules 1 & 2 cannot be changed unlike the 3rd Module which lets you generally pick and choose your "elective training".
Module 3 generally consist of training courses your employer or yourself are interested in you taking. The parts/courses within module 3 can be customized. The following is a list of elective training options you or your employer can choose from: E. Arrests, Search & Seizure (more advanced than PTA course), F. Access Control, G. Trespass, H. Laws, Codes, Regulations and Ordinances, J. Handling Difficult People, K. Work Place Violence, L. Chemical Agents, M. Preserving the Incident Scene, N. Crowd Control, O. Driver Safety, P. Supervision, Q. Courtroom Demeanor, R. Parking / Traffic Control, S. Radio Procedures, T. BSIS's Certified Course in Firearms Training, U. BSIS's Certified Course in Baton Training, V. School Security Guard Training, W. Introduction to Executive Protection, X. Annual Firearms Requalification, Y. Fire Safety Course, Z. Course in the Use of a Stun Gun or Air Taser.
By law when do I have to complete the additional guard card training?
The initial first module which covers the Powers of Arrest, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness course must be completed in order to just receive a guard card.
The second modules which consist of four parts: Part A. Public Relations 4 hours, Part B. Observation & Report Writing 4 hours, Part C. Communication and its Significance 4 hours and last but not least Part D. Liability and Legal Aspects 4 hours must be completed within 30 days of beginning employment. That means that you don't have to get it done until after you gain employment within security.
The third and final module which consist of four parts/courses each being worth 4 hours each to total 16 hours must be completed within the first six months after working as a Security Officer.
|Date of Training Completion||Training Hours Needed|
|Prior to Being Assigned on Post||8 Hours|
|Required within the First 30 Days after employment/post||16 Hours|
|Required within the First Six Months after employment/post||16 Hours|
|TOTAL HOURS||40 HOURS|
Can I complete the training all at once even if I haven’t applied for or completed the initial 8 hours?
Yes, many students complete the training ahead of the time limits. They tend to look at as a better candidate for security positions. The reason employers tend to hire those who have completed all the training ahead of time is because they too are legally liable criminally and civilly for security officers who haven’t complied with the law. Employers are fined an average of $2500.00 to as high as $5000.00 for hiring security personnel who have not completed the required training or possess an active guard registration card.
Where can I complete the training?
The training can be completed by a licensed Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) training facility and we just so happen to be licensed by the DCA and the BSIS. Click here to get more information on available courses.