Private Security Training Programs

We get a lot of questions from readers about private security training programs. Each state has different credentials that private security guards must obtain, so for this blog we’ll focus on California specifically. To work as an unarmed security guard in California, you must fulfill these requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Complete a 40 hour required training course.

Here is a Step by Step process for completing your training to become a security guard in California.



The security guard must have received the 8 hour “Power to Arrest ” training and passed the examination.



The security guard applicant, private patrol operator, or the training facility must submit the security guard application online at


The fees include:


Security Guard Application Fee: $50.00

Online Convenience Fee: $1.00

Total: $51.00



As part of your application, you must submit information for a background check, as well as fingerprints. To go through this process, visit the Bureau’s Website.


These fees include:


Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee: $32.00

Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee: $19.00

Total: $51.00



Once all of the paperwork has been received and background checks have been completed, your picture will appear on the Bureau’s Web site. At this point, you are free to be placed on assignment. The full registration will be mailed in 10 to 15 business days.



Security guards on duty must keep the following documents with them:


  • A valid security guard registration or a screen print of the Bureau’s approval obtained from the Bureau’s Web site.
  • A valid photo identification


Let us know if you have any questions about the training process! You can also visit our career center or apply for a job at First Security Services by visiting this link.