Required Training Hours for Security Guards

If you’ve ever looked at the State of California’s requirements for security guards, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced annoyance and confusion.  Maybe you gave up, and just decided to watch someone pretend to be a security guard on TV.  That’s okay — we’re not here to judge.  In fact, we totally understand how you feel. Yes, it IS hard to follow along with the State of California’s list of requirements.  No, you’re not going through this bafflement alone! So let us help you overcome the intimidation of confusion. Let’s skip the whole “how to get a Guard Card in California” grand analysis, and say for the sake of argument that your main concern right now is just understanding the breakdown of the required hours. So here’s what’s going on: Before you can even work as a security guard, you need to take and pass 8 hours of “Power to Arrest” training. Then, assuming all else is right with the world and you get your Guard Card… You’ll need 16 new hours of training within the first 30 days of earning your Guard Card OR officially working as a security guard.  These training courses can include a variety of topics, such as Crowd Control, Handling Difficult People, and Liability and Legal Aspects. What’s not confusing about that?? Okay, let’s say you’re caught up.  Next, within 6 months of earning your Guard Card or officially working as a security guard (yes, there is a difference), you’ll need another 16 (yes, this is a different set of 16 hours, separate from the 16 you took during your first month of diving into this career).  Course options for fulfilling these hours may include Observation and Documentation, Preserving the Incident Scene, and Public Relations (Community & Customer).

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Now let’s do some Math (boooo!): 8 + 16 + 16 = 40 Okay, now let’s combine Math with English (woohoo!): 8 hours (just to get your Guard Card) + 16 hours (within 30 days of earning your Guard Card or officially working as a security guard) + another 16 hours (within 6 months of earning your Guard Card or officially working as a security guard) = 40 total hours to get all your ducks in a row. Or…you can skip the whole “reading” thing and glance over this attractive chart:
Timeline of To-Do ListRequired Hours
Earning your Guard Card to begin with8
Within 1st 30 days of earning your Guard Card or employment16
Within 1st 6 months of earning your Guard Card or employment16
Total Required Amount of Hours40
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