Security Guard Training

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Guard Card

Online and On-Demand 24/7/365
– No Reading Required
– Multi-Media Course
– Use your Smart Phone or Computer
– Download all documents upon completion
– Start and stop when you want. You have 60 days to complete it.

Note: Course fees do not include BSIS fees or LiveScan.

Videos:
How to get a guard card:
Part 1 – getting a guard card
Part 2 – getting a guard card
Part 3 – getting a guard card

How do the “on-line” courses work?
Part 1 – How do “on-line” classes work
Part 2 – How do “on-line” classes work

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Exposed Firearms Permit

This permit is issued by the state and is required in order for a security guard to carry a firearm while in uniform and on-duty.

This is a hybrid firearms course. It is part online and part live. The course fee covers the online course section and the instructor’s time on the range.  Students must pay for their range time and pay for their ammunition. Students who bring their own firearms may use any ammunition they wish. Students who use firearms provided by Practical Defense Systems must purchase their ammunition at the shooting range on qualification day. You must complete the first online section before signing up for the live range training day.

Firearms, ammunition and range time:

Note: Gun rental, ammo and range time fees are set by the shooting ranges.  Practical Defense Systems has no control over these fees.  Shooting ranges can change these fees without notice:

San Diego County:

  • Your first firearms rental is free.
  • Additional rentals are $10 each.
  • Ammunition must be purchased at the range if you are using a rental gun.
  • Range time is typically around $10.

Los Angeles/Orange County:

  • Your first firearm rental is $10.
  • Additional rentals are free.
  • Ammunition must be purchased at the range if you are using a rental gun.
  • Range time is typically around $15.

Course sections:

The first section is online (8 hrs) and includes:

  • Law and regulations
  • Moral and legal aspects
  • Officer safety
  • Firearms safety preview
  • Pistol and revolver parts and function overview
  • Ammunition types and function
  • Scenarios (videos and discussion)
  • Procedures following a shooting (officer’s rights and responsibilities)

The second section (practical and range day – 6 hrs) is live and includes:

  • Firearms safety
  • Range safety
  • Range rules
  • Weapons manipulation
  • Basics of shooting
  • Written exam
  • Live fire training and range qualification

NOTE:

  • State law requires that your practical range qualification day must be completed within 30 days of the day you complete the online section of this course.
  • You must bring proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency in the United States in order to shoot. The ONLY documents that are accepted by BSIS are:
    • Birth Certificate
    • U.S. Passport Book (passport cards are not accepted)
    • DD-214
    • Valid Military ID
    • Green Card
    • INS paperwork.
  • Course fees do not include range time; ammunition; BSIS fees; or LiveScan.

Course Information and Resources

Live training sessions are currently available in San Diego and Orange Counties only.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Course Length: 14 hours (8 hrs online, 6 hrs range time)
Cost: $99.00

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Firearms Permit Requalification

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THIS: This is a Hybrid course (Refresher online / Live-fire at the range). You must complete the online 2 hour refresher course before registering for your range day. Click the “Sign-up Now” button below to begin. You will be given a promo code and directions to sign up for your range day at the end of the online refresher course. The $29.95 fee covers both parts of the course.

Security guards who possess a valid firearms permit must re-qualify on the shooting range twice per year by firing 50 rounds of ammunition for each caliber of firearm that is listed on the security guard’s permit. The course of fire is prescribed by the state.

You must provide your own ammunition (50 rounds) and pay for your range time.  Ammunition is available for purchase at the range. The first caliber is included. Additional calibers are $15 each. You will need 50 rounds of ammunition for each caliber on your permit.

Firearms, ammunition and range time:

Note: Gun rental, ammo and range time fees are set by the shooting ranges.  Practical Defense Systems has no control over these fees.  Shooting ranges can change these fees without notice:

San Diego County:

  • Your first firearms rental is free.
  • Additional rentals are $10 each.
  • Ammunition must be purchased at the range if you are using a rental gun.
  • Range time is typically around $10.

Los Angeles/Orange County:

  • Your first firearm rental is $10.
  • Additional rentals are free.
  • Ammunition must be purchased at the range if you are using a rental gun.
  • Range time is typically around $15.

NOTE:

  • State law requires that your practical range qualification day must be completed within 30 days of the day you complete the online section of this course.
  • You must bring proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency in the United States in order to shoot. The ONLY documents that are accepted by BSIS are:
    • Birth Certificate
    • U.S. Passport Book (passport cards are not accepted)
    • DD-214
    • Valid Military ID
    • Green Card
    • INS paperwork.
  • Course fees do not include range time; ammunition or BSIS fees.

(No walk-ins!  Advance registration is required)

Download the manual
Frequently Asked Questions

Course Information

Live training sessions are currently available in San Diego and Orange Counties only.

Course Length: Online refresher 2 hours / Live-fire range time from 1 to 2 hours generally
Cost: $29.95 for the 1st caliber. $15 for each additional caliber.

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Pepper Spray Permit – Online Course!


By California state regulation, any security guard who carries any chemical agent (Pepper Spray or Mace) must have completed an approved course of instruction in the use of chemical agents at a state licensed training facility. This online course satisfies the state requirement for training in the use of pepper spray. This course is taken entirely online and on-demand using any web capable device, such as a computer, tablet or smart phone.  Students download a personalized wallet card certifying completion of the state mandated training at the end of the course.

Course Information

Videos:
Part 1 – How do “on-line” classes work
Part 2 – How do “on-line” classes work

Course Length: 4 hours
Cost: $29.95

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Baton

This course is required in order for a security guard to be issued a state baton permit. California law requires a guard who carries a baton to complete this course and to have a state baton permit on his/her person while on duty and carrying a baton. The course includes both classroom time and actual physical training in the use of a baton.

Note: This is a hybrid baton course. It is part online and part live.  Course fees are all inclusive.  LiveScan and BSIS fees are NOT required.

IMPORTANT: By state law (B&P code section 7585.14), we can ONLY issue baton permits to California licensed security guards or guard applicants.  

You MUST bring one of the following to class in order to receive your permit:

  • Your valid California guard card.
  • A copy of your completed guard card application.
  • A receipt for your California guard card application fees.  

We cannot issue your permit unless you provide the information stated above.

Live training sessions are currently available in San Diego and Orange Counties only.

Course Information

Course Length: 8 hours (6.5 hrs online, 1.5 hrs practical training)
Cost: $125 (state permit is included)

TASER/Stun-GunTASER for site

This is the Practical Defense Systems approved Electronic Control Device (ECD) online course for security officers, bail enforcement and civilians.  The course covers
various types of ECDs including stun-guns, stun-batons and TASERs.  This course meets and exceeds requirements stated in Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Section 643 for security officer training.

Course Information

Course Length 4 hours
Cost: $29.95

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Handcuffing

This course, while not required by the state, is required by many employers. Many security companies require their security officers to complete a course in the use of handcuffs before the officer is permitted to carry them. This course teaches the student how to use, carry and maintain handcuffs. Students are taught how to handcuff a suspect on the ground, facing a wall and while the suspect is on his/her knees. This is an interactive course. Students are expected to participate in the training as both the arresting officer and the suspect.

Note: This is a hybrid baton course. It is part online and part live.  Course fees are all inclusive.  LiveScan and BSIS fees are NOT required.

Live training sessions are currently available in San Diego and Orange Counties only.

Course Information

Course Length: 4 hours (2.5 hrs online – 1.5 hrs practical training)
Cost: $35

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Defensive Tactics

This course, while not required by the state, is required by many employers. This is an essential course for any security officer who may have to physically control a suspect or be involved in a physical confrontation while on duty. The course covers conflict avoidance, de-escalation, proper interview posture, maintaining safe distance, defense and escape, and basic control techniques.

This is a hybrid course. It is part online and part live. The course includes both classroom time which is completed online at your own pace and actual physical training which is completed in a live training session. This is an interactive course. Students are expected to participate in the training scenarios as aggravated subjects, contact officers and cover officers. Step-by-step instructions on how to register for your live training session are given at the end of this course. Course fees are all inclusive. LiveScan and BSIS fees are NOT required.

Note: This is a hybrid baton course. It is part online and part live.  Course fees are all inclusive.  LiveScan and BSIS fees are NOT required.

Live training sessions are currently available in San Diego and Orange Counties only.

Course Length: 4 hours (2.5 hrs online – 1.5 hrs practical training
Cost: $35


First Aid and CPR – OnLine Courses!

(NO READING REQUIRED!  Multi-media course.*)

These 100% online First Aid and CPR courses are in compliance with the requirements stated in Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Section 643 for security officer training and the American Heart Association 2010 guidelines.  Courses are taken completely online.  You will be able to download and print your wallet card, as proof of course completion, at the end of the course.  Your wallet card is valid for two years.

* On-line students must read basic instructions, the test questions and answers while taking tests.  No other reading is required for the on-line courses.

Videos:
Part 1 – How do “on-line” classes work
Part 2 – How do “on-line” classes work

Get CPR and First Aid all in one (8Hr Course) for only $29!