Why Security Guard Refresher Courses are Needed

Sometimes when you’re in a really cool club (not the dancing kind but the sit-around-a-rec-hall-and-work-on-secret-handshake kind), there are dues to pay (not the hazing kind but the monetary kind). And sometimes, to stay in good standing within those clubs, you have to renew those dues to maintain membership. Well, that’s not just true for clubs. There are actually professions that require that same thing. But instead of “membership,” you have to maintain and renew your “certification.” These types of regulations are usually reserved for the cool professions like doctors, attorneys, accountants, engineers, architects, and, of course, security officers! How often you have to renew depends, of course, on the profession. For security officers, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) requires that all security officers that have been issued Guard Cards complete 8 hours of continued education training on a yearly basis. In agreement with this BSIS mandate, California law also requires that all registered security guards participate in 8 hours of refresher courses annually to keep their Guard Cards valid.

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Aside from these government mandates, it may be a good idea to take refresher courses in case the laws regarding your profession and jurisdiction have changed over the last few months. You always want to be sure that your on-duty actions and responses are in line with the most current state and city laws. This is also a nice opportunity for self-enrichment, because you can take an advanced course that can teach you how to improve some of your daily-needed skills, such as communications and report writing. Those currently working as security officers can complete their refresher courses either through third-party agencies or their employers, if the company they work for offers these types of classes. In either case, repeating previously-completed courses is acceptable for proper credits. Otherwise, security officers can choose from a wide variety of relevant topics they haven’t yet explored, such as Crowd Control, Public Relations, or Observation & Documentation. Once you pass the annual refresher courses, the company you took the courses from provides you with a Certification of Completion. This certificate includes the names and dates of the completed courses, the amount of hours invested into each course, the names of the instructors teaching the courses, the name of the company issuing the certificate, as well as a statement confirming that the completed courses are compliant with the guidelines as notated by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Skills Training Course for Security Guards. Now, maybe you think you can slide by without taking any refresher courses. Well, good luck. Penalties for not completing the annual refresher courses may result in the loss of your state-issued Guard Card and as you probably know, working as a security guard without a valid Guard Card could result in hefty fines for you and your employer, with fines of up to $5,000 per reported incident. The bottom line is it’s best to be prepared. Make sure you avoid any penalties by finding out when your renewals are due and complete the required training prior to the designated dates. If your renewals are coming up soon, visit our 8-hour Security Guard Refresher page and see what courses we offer!

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