Cal. Guard Card – Powers to Arrest Course

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BSIS - California Guard Card

Powers to Arrest Course

All public safety personnel, including off duty police officers, and executive protection agents, are required by law to carry and maintain a guard card.

This is the California State required class required before any person can work a security guard post. This includes off duty law enforcement officers, both federal and state. This course will teach students the skills necessary to apply for a guard card with the Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). Proof of I.D  (passport or driver license).

The general requirements for a Security Guard are:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Undergo a criminal history background check (Live Scan) through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);   and
  • Complete a 40-hour course of required training.
  • If you reside outside California you can use a fingerprint card instead of livescan

Guard Card Training


  • 8 hour required guard card training

BSIS $55

State Application Fee.

Additional Required training

By the State of California

Online Courses! (After you receive your guard card)

BSIS Module (B)


  • 16hr. Required Training - Must be completed within 30 days of Guard Card issuance

BSIS Module (c)


  • 16hr. Required Training - Must be completed within 6 months of Guard Card issuance

40 Hour Security Guard Training Requirement

Date of CompletionTraining Hours Needed
Prior to Being Assigned on Post (Guard Card) Mod (A)8 Hours
Training Required within the First 30 Days Mod (B)16 Hours
Training Required within the First Six Months Mod (C)16 Hours

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the modules.



  • Get all 3 Modules and save!

Continuous Education

This Module D course is required by BSIS in order to renew your CA guard card.

The continuing education requirement, of an additional 8 hours pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 7583.6(f) (1), commenced on January 5, 2005.

When you receive your renewal guard paperwork from BSIS, it states that you need 8 hours of continuous education in order to renew. This Module D course will suffice the requirement. Once the course is completed, you will download your certificate. Send a copy of the certificate to BSIS along with your guard card application.

BSIS Module (D)


  • 8hr. Continuous Education Course

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