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Guard Card

Learn How to Be Ready for Anything

Be prepared to handle any difficult situation that comes your way when you turn to ASTI for security training. We offer guard card certification for individuals, which can be submitted to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in the state of California for completion. A guard card is required to be a uniformed guard within the state of California.

Security Guard

Become a Certified Security Guard

The first 4 hours of our training course introduces the powers of arrest education. The second 4 hours provide weapons of mass destruction and terrorism awareness training.


Level 1
The Power to Arrest Course consists of four (4) hours of training in both of the following two (2) subjects:

A. Powers to Arrest 4 hours

Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual on the training topics delineated at Business and Professions Code section 7583.7, including, without limitation, legal aspects, techniques, liability, and company requirements relating to the arrest of an individual. The training will utilize the Department of Consumer Affairs' Power to Arrest Training Manual and may include lecture, discussion, exercises and role-playing.

  1. Overview of Power to Arrest Manual and subject matter.
  2. Definition of arrest and discussion on the implications to the subject, the guard and the company.
  3. Lecture/discussion on escalation and de-escalation techniques in the use of force.
  4. Lecture/discussion in the use of restraint techniques and their implications.
  5. Discussion of trespass laws and implications of enforcement.
  6. Completion of the Power to Arrest Training Manual Test with 100% score in accordance with the Manual's Administering Instructions.

B. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) & Terrorism Awareness 4 hours

Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual on the subject matter and observation skills required to identify and report precursor activities to a terrorist event, react appropriately, report the occurrence of a terrorist event, and remain safe while helping control the scene after a terrorist event. The training will utilize the Department of Consumer Affairs' Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism Awareness for Security Professionals course consisting of a Digital Video Disk (DVD), Student Workbook and Facilitator Manual.

  1. Introduction and overview of the training.
  2. The Role of a Security Officer.
  3. The Nature of Terrorism.
  4. Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  5. Coordinating and Sharing of Critical Information.

Level 2

Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual in basic skills and provide a common body of knowledge in the performance of security guard work. All courses shall include information and subject matter pertaining to the outline provided. Additionally, all courses shall include written material, lecture or exercises to assure that the individual comprehends the subject matter presented. Every newly licensed or employed security guard shall complete two of the mandatory courses within thirty (30) days from the day the guard's registration card is issued (8 hours) or the day the guard begins employment. The remaining two mandatory courses each consisting of four (4) hours of instruction, shall be completed within the first six (6) months from the day the guard registration card is issued or the day the guard begins employment as a security guard. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 7583.6 (b) the following outline includes subjects that shall be taught and the maximum number of hours that will be allowed for completion of the Mandatory Courses.

A. Public Relations (Community & Customer) 4 hours

  1. Recognizing Gender & Racial Harassment & Discrimination
  2. Respect:
    • Stereotyping
    • Attitude
  3. Verbal Skills / Crisis Intervention
  4. Introduction to Diversity
  5. Substance Abuse & Mental Illness
  6. Ethics & Professionalism
    • Appearance
    • Command Presence
    • Proper Conduct

B. Observation & Documentation 4 hours

  1. Report Writing
  2. English as a Second Language
  3. Observation and Patrol Techniques
  4. Asking Appropriate Questions
  5. Observing Suspects / Suspicious Activity

C. Communication and its Significance 4 hours

  1. Internal
    • Protocols Pursuant to Contract (Who to Contact & When)
    • Radio / Monitors
    • Other Technology

  2. External
    • Emergency / First Responders
    • Medical Personnel
    • Police / Sheriff/ Other Enforcement
    • City Services I Government Services

D. Liability / Legal Aspects 4 hours

  1. Personal / Contractor / Employer
  2. Criminal, Civil, Administrative
  3. BSIS Code & Regulations
  4. Role of a Security Guard

Elective Courses

A. Post Orders & Assignments 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Site Specific Training
  2. Equipment
    • Monitoring
    • Communication
    • Alarms
    • Elevators, Etc.
  3. Emergency Response Issues
  4. Liability Implications
  5. Lost / Found Articles

B. Employer Policies / Orientation 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Employer Reports / Paperwork
  2. Reporting Processes / Procedures
  3. Tax Forms, Health Forms, Etc.
  4. Uniforms
  5. Work Schedules
  6. Other Internal Policies, Processes or Procedures
  7. Employer Use of Force Policy

C. Evacuation Procedures 2 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Emergency Procedures Related to Life / Safety and Acts of Nature
  2. Working Knowledge of Evacuation Routes
    • Stairs
    • Elevators
    • Doors
  3. Power Outage
  4. Specific Points of Contact

D. Officer Safety 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Threat Assessment
  2. Subject Contact
  3. Safety Awareness
  4. Blood Borne Pathogens
  5. Environmental /Hazardous Materials

E. Arrests, Search & Seizure 4 Hrs. Maximum (more advanced than PTA course)

  1. PC 836, 837 & the Differences
  2. US Constitution & Amendments Impacting Guard Responsibilities
  3. Loss Prevention
  4. Merchant Law
  5. Use of Force

F. Access Control 2 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Identification Procedures
  2. Electronic Use/CCTV
  3. Non-electronic procedures

G. Trespass 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Open Land
  2. Private Property
  3. Private Building
  4. Public Property
  5. Places of Public Accommodation/Public Access

H. Laws, Codes, Regulations and Ordinances 2 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Specific to Post Assignment

I. First Aid / CPR 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. American Red Cross Courses
  2. American Heart Association Courses
  3. Automatic Defibrillator Devices (AED's)

J. Handling Difficult People 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Communications
  2. Conflict Management
  3. Speaking Constructively
  4. Valuing Diversity
  5. Negotiating
  6. Verbal Diffusion

K. Work Place Violence 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Detecting Unusual Behavior / Warning Signs
    • Worker to Worker
    • Client to Customer
    • Supervisor to Subordinate
  2. Anger Management
  3. Valuing Diversity
  4. Personal Security
  5. Reporting

L. Chemical Agents 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Tear Gas Use and Effects
  2. Pepper Spray Use and Effects
  3. Air Borne Chemical Agents
  4. Water Borne Chemical Agents

M. Preserving the Incident Scene 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Identifying Evidence
  2. Care and Handling of Evidence
  3. Securing the Immediate Area
  4. Legal Issues to Evidence Tampering and/or Removal
  5. Witness/Participant Identification

N. Crowd Control 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Controlling Boisterous Celebrations
  2. Handling Disputes
  3. Confronting Conflicts Constructively
  4. Planning for Civil Disobedience / Disturbances
  5. Labor Actions, Disputes, Workplace Stoppages

O. Driver Safety 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Cars
  2. Bicycles
  3. Golf Carts

P. Supervision 4 Hrs. Maximum

  1. Roles and Responsibilities
  2. Legal Liability

Q. Courtroom Demeanor 4 Hrs. Maximum

R. Parking / Traffic Control 2 Hrs. Maximum

S. Radio Procedures 2 Hrs. Maximum

T. BSIS's Certified Course in Firearms Training 8 Hrs. Maximum

U. BSIS's Certified Course in Baton Training 4 Hrs. Maximum

V. School Security Guard Training 8 Hrs. Maximum (In compliance with Bureau developed Training Syllabus)

W. Introduction to Executive Protection 4 Hrs. Maximum

X. Annual Firearms Re-qualification 4 Hrs. Maximum

Y. Fire Safety Course 4 Hrs. Maximum

Z. Course in the Use of a Stun Gun or Air Taser 4 Hrs. Maximum