Security guards, depending on the location, make above minimum wage for qualifications that can be easy to complete, if you are diligent and have patience to complete several courses.
There are three basic requirements to becoming a security guard. You must be at least 18 years of age to complete any form of security, and must be at least 21 years of age to work within the armed security field.
The first thing you need to do to become a security guard is to apply for an 8 hour course to get your guard license, in a term referred to as “getting your guard card”. This course is licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), and is composed of two different sections. In one half of the course, you will be learning about Powers to Arrest and the second half contains information about weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Many courses offer this 8 hour course online, for example Practical Defense Systems, offers the guard card course on-line. You must complete the 8 hour security guard Training requirement
prior to being assigned on post annually and before you start your security detail. Then, you complete 16 hours of the training course online within the first 30 days, and complete another 16 hours within the first six months. This may sound daunting, but can be easily completed in 10 days ( 10 days X 4 hours = 40 hours). The 32 hours must be completed within the first six months, but it is recommended that you complete as soon as possible.
The second step is to complete a LiveScan criminal history background check through the FBI and through the DOJ, and complete this form. Applicants are responsible for these fees, and you can find a location for a LiveScan site here.
To submit an initial application to register as a security guard online, please click this link. This is where you will register and complete the forms that will be required. If unable to complete online, there is also a print version of the forms that you can print out, one for the application and one form for the application fees. It will take about a month to a month and a half for the application to be processed, so don’t stress!
There are additional BSIS license types available for furthering one’s career within the security guard field, including a firearms permit, tear gas permit, and one for a baton permit.
If you are interested in this process and becoming a guard, reach out to us when you are done! We are always looking to interview new guards and would love to hire some fresh faces as we continue to grow. In the last 10 years, The Guard Alliance has grown from 1 location to 10, which shows how we treat our clientele and our guards. Our guards receive benefits, pay above minimum wage for California, and an opportunity to grow within the company.