Guard Card Training

The initial 8-hour training required before one is allowed to apply for the California guard card application can be completed online or live. The course is a mandatory step, and is composed of two main sections or modules. The first one is Powers to Arrest, a four-hour training module designed to familiarize trainees on the topics to be covered on the training, including legal aspects, liability, techniques, and company requirements leading to arrest of a person. It will use the training manual designed by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Power to Arrest. The course includes lecture, exercises, discussion and role-playing.

The next 4 hours is dedicated to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Terrorism Awareness. This will educate interested security guards about the important subject matter, most especially about the observation skills needed to identify and report precursor activities that may lead to a terrorist activity. This training is again divided into four courses, namely the Public Relations, Observation and Documentation, Communication and its Significance, and the Liability and Legal Aspects. The Public Relations Course aims to familiarize students about the basic skills and body of knowledge in performing security guard work. The observation and documentation mandatory course reviews individuals on the different aspects of documentation that guards need on their job. They will be instructed about report writing, patrol techniques, proper asking of questions, etc. The course on communication will speak about the significance of communication in their job and in relation to the company they work for. They will be instructed on the right ways to contact people, procedures for radios and monitors, etc. The Liability and Legal Aspects enlighten future security guards over their liability and significant roles in performing their job. They will be taught on the BSIS code, and criminal, administrative and civil policies.

This will be followed by another 16 hours of elective courses composed of Post Orders and Assignments, Officer Safety Handling Difficult People, and Preserving the Incident Scene. A total of 40 hours of training is required before one can become a registered security guard.



Greater Bay’s   commitment to employee training and development is the foundation that the   quality of our Security Officer is based. All training is certified by ASIS,   CALSAGA, and the State of California through the BSIS. Every applicant is   required to attend our training classes and pass a proficiency examination   prior to post assignment. Our professionally designed training programs help motivates   employees, which results in lower turnover, less absenteeism, and higher   standards of performance. The curriculum is comprised of the following   subjects:


• Administrative and Security Orientation

• Legal Authority

• Authority of the Security Officer

• Conflict Resolution

• Company Policy and Procedures

• Report Writing

• First Aid

• CPR Certified (if required by contract)

• Hazardous Material Recognition & Procedures

• Public Relations/Customer Service

• Communications

• Protection of the Crime Scene

• Method of Patrol

• Fire Prevention

• Recognizing Safety Hazards

• Bomb Threat Recognition

• Rules of Evidence

• Uniforms and Equipment