Do You Really Need a Guard Card?

the need for a guard card Let’s say you work at a retail store at the local mall. You’ve been a sales floor associate for a while, and have discovered that you have a natural talent and genuine passion for Asset Protection. You’re always on the lookout to prevent theft and fraud, from both customers and fellow employees, and now you want to talk to your manager about becoming the store’s security guard. Do you actually need a Guard Card for this, or can you just sign a couple forms and switch job titles since you’re already working there and know what to do? Well, it’s not that simple… In the State of California, you’re legally required to obtain a Guard Card through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) if you want to work as a security guard.

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Here are the rules: • You need to pass an 8-hour Guard Card training course first to get your security certification. After these basic i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, you can legally work as a security guard – even though you will still technically not be a registered security guard! • After receiving your Guard Card and getting hired to work as a security guard, you will have 30 days from the start date of your employment to complete another 16 hours of training. • And then even after that, you will have 6 months from your employment start date to complete another set of 16 hours of training. That’s 40 hours of training in total, if that helps put the timeline in perspective for you. • Once all 40 hours have been completed, you will officially become a registered security guard! Since California’s BSIS mandates these rules, employers who purposely “overlook” these qualifications may be guilty of conducting illegal business practices that have repercussions if uncovered by the proper government agencies or authorities. Employers that hire you to work as a security guard while being fully aware that you don’t have your Guard Card (whether that means you never had one to begin with, or that you had one at some point but it’s now expired), could face serious legal consequences, like being hit with hefty fines that will put a noticeable dent in their corporate checkbooks. So it’s always in their best interest to hire security guards with California Guard Cards, which by extension means it’s in your best interest to get one if you want to join the exciting world of professional security!

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