3  Tips for Starting a Career as a Security Officer

If you’ve been thinking about starting a career as a security officer, there are a few things you have to know before you get started. Learn more about what it takes to become a security guard including the requirements to receive a Guard Card, the Guard Card process, information about the Live Scan background check process and about where you can receive the “Power to Arrest” training. Here are few quick tips for anybody considering a career as a security officer in the state of California.

 1. Guard Card Process

Before you can get started working as a security officer you need a Guard Card. The cost to submit an initial Guard Card Application is $50; the renewal fee is $35. Here are the requirements for receiving a Guard Card according to the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).

-Must be at least 18 years old

-Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

-Complete the Power to Arrest training (see “Training Requirements” below).

2. Background Check


To receive a background check applicants must fill out the “Security Guard Request for Live Scan” form available on the BSIS website. The form and payment for the background check can be submitted at the time of fingerprinting at the various Live Scan locations in California listed on the BSIS website.

3. Training

Before you can apply for a Guard Card you must complete training. Before you can get a Guard Card you must complete the “Power to Arrest” training. After you have been issued a Guard Card you must complete 32 hours of training in security officer skills within the first six months of licensure and eight hours of continuing training annually.

The training may be administered by the guard’s employing private patrol operator or by a Bureau-approved course provider.

Chief Protective Services Inc. is approved to provide the training needed to fulfill the Guard Card requirements. Through Chief training includes:

-the “Power to Arrest” training (required to receive Guard Card),

-Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness for Security Professionals,

-and Security Guard registration with the BSIS.

Training can be completed online through our website at chiefprotectiveservices.com or in-person at our corporate office: 1344 W. 6th St., Corona, CA 92882 on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. An application must be completed in-person at the corporate office before receiving access to the online training portal. Call 888-332-4648 to schedule a time to come in to complete training. Learn more about how you can complete your Guard Card training through Chief Protective Service here

At Chief Protective Services, Security Officers receive the 32 hours of training needed within the first 6 months of employment and an additional training usually not included in other training programs that would normally cost hundreds of dollars if completed through a training academy. For more information on the training provided by Chief Protective Services check out this link on training.