BSIS Online Security Guard Training


California requires that all security guards possess a valid security guard registration card prior to standing post. The steps below will give you the information, tools and materials to get started in your new career. Follow these easy steps and we will see you at the finish line!

Step 1:

  1. Find a quiet place to work.
  2. Review the official Powers to Arrest Training Manual (PDF Download) from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) website.
  3. You may take your exam online here once you have finished reading the PDF manual. This exam is not timed.

Step 2:

  1. Print two copies of the Live Scan Form (PDF Download).
  2. Fill out the forms. Be sure to leave the employment section empty.
  3. Proceed to the nearest Live Scan site or call your local police department and take the completed live scan form with you.

Step 3:

  1. Complete the Security Guard Application (PDF Download).
  2. Only fill out the first page of the application.

Step 4:

  1. Call Platinum Protective Services at 510.253.3411 for final processing and your certificate.
  2. Pay licensing and processing fee(s) as required.
  3. Please allow 10-15 days to receive your Security Guard Card by mail.

Important Notice: Certification and licensing is for California residences only or for guards wanting to work in California.