Training for today’s world

Security Guard Training:

Get your Guard Card and much more and Save MONEY!
Guard Card Course (only $18.95)
You won’t find better security officer training at better prices anywhere.

Firearms training:

We offers beginning through advance firearms instruction.
Lessons are available for all ages (handguns, shotguns and rifles).

Personal Protection Courses:

Defensive Tactics (Security Officer Training)
Home Defense (Online Course)
Personal Defense with a Firearm (handgun, shotgun, rifle)

Concealed Carry Courses:

We offer concealed carry (ccw) courses for California & Utah.
Our California course is for permits issued by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

CPR with AED & Basic First Aid:

Basic First Aid
CPR for adults, children and infants
Use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)


BSIS State License Number: TFB1197

The Best Courses at the Lowest Prices – at Practical Defense Systems

Practical Defense Systems offers security guard card training, gun safety, and a variety of self-defense and first aid classes. Whether you are aiming towards a career in security services and need guard card training or you’re just looking to improve your skills (or learn entirely new skills), PDS is the right place.

Security Guard Training Courses and More

Available online courses include Security Guard Training; Guard Card; OC/Pepper Spray; Handcuffing; Defensive Tactics; Concealed Carry Courses; Shooting Courses; CPR, First Aid & Emergency Preparedness Courses, and Self Defense classes.

Online webinars cover topics such as moral and legal aspects, officer safety, law and regulations, firearms safety, pistol and revolver parts and function overview, ammunition types and function, range safety, basics of shooting, and many others.

Why Choose PDS for Training Security Guards and Citizens?

Practical Defense Systems is a California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) licensed training facility (license #’s Firearms TFF-1296 & Baton TFB-1197). All of our instructors for every course, from security guards training to concealed carry courses to CPR classes, have years of experience and are security and law enforcement professionals, and martial arts and self-defense experts. Our instructors are licensed and certified in the state of California by several organizations and government bodies; for more information about PDS Classes and our highly skilled trainers, see our About page.

Serving all of California

Though our headquarters is in San Diego County, our students come from all over California.  We offer multi-media courses online and on-demand 24/7/365. The areas we serve include:

We serve all of San Diego County, including: Alpine • Bonita • Bonsall • Camp Pendleton • Campo • Cardiff • Carlsbad • Chula Vista • Coronado • Del Mar • Descanso • Dulzura • El Cajon • Encinitas • Escondido • Fallbrook • Imperial Beach • Jacumba • Jamul • Julian • La Jolla • La Mesa • Lakeside • Lemon Grove • Leucadia • Miramar • National City • Oceanside • Pacific Beach • Palomar Mountain • Pine • Valley • Poway • Ramona • Rancho San Diego • Rancho Santa Fe • San Diego • San Marcos • San Ysidro • Santee • Solana Beach and Spring Valley.