Security Guard Requirements in California

In the state of California, security guards are licensed and regulated by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) under the Department of Consumer Affairs. You must complete a pre-licensing course to get your security guard license (guard card). This course is generally referred to as “guard card class” in California. The guard card course is an 8 hour long class and can be finished in a day. The course has two components. (1) Powers to Arrest and (2) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

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