“Guard Card” & CEU
The State of California requires that anyone working for a contract security company or proprietary security wishing to be armed (any implement of self defense) must be trained in a 40-hour program of Powers To Arrest, submit to a background check and receive a Guard Registration Card. A Proprietary Security Officer registrant cannot be armed. The PSO must obtain the training for and register as a security guard. However, it is highly recommend by the State - and defense attorneys - that PSOs receive the training anyway. The registration process for PSOs is mandatory (SB 194 [Stats 2005, ch 655]).
Getting the “Guard Card” (PTA I): $100.00
Prior to standing post: Eight (8) hour Powers To Arrest Class to include the Powers To Arrest Workbook, lecture and situational exercises. B&P 7583.6(b)
ASI provides the training, all the paperwork and registers the student on line as the student is in class. When completed, the student simply goes home and waits for the “guard card” in the mail. It generally takes two to four weeks.
Note: If the student registers as an “Security Guard w/Firearms” and submits such paperwork, additional fees are needed. However, there’s a savings of approximately $120.00 between state-fees and ASI class savings. Should the student only apply for the guard card and then decide to become armed at a later date, another live-scan and background check is required, as well as the additional money mentioned.
Powers To Arrest II (PTA II): $200.00
Within 30 days of receiving the Guard Registration Card: An additional eight hours mandatory training and eight hours of elective training towards the 40-hour Powers To Arrest must be completed. ASI provides the tear Gas/Pepper Spray permit and Arrest Control Tactics as the “electives” for this section of training .
Powers To Arrest III (PTA III): $200.00
Within six months of issuance of the Guard Registration Card: The final eight hours of mandatory training and the final eight hours of elective training for a total of 40 hours must be completed .
A certificate of training must be issued upon completion of each required course conducted in accordance with the BSIS requirement. A certificate issued by the training entity must certify completion of the course, the number of hours and that the training complies with BSIS-issued guidelines. B&P 7583.6(c) BSIS suggests that the certificates be numbered.
Continuing Education Units (CE): $100.00
As of January 5th, 2005...All security personnel must complete eight hours of “Continuing Education Units” annually.
A certificate of training is required. B&P 7583.6(f)