1814 Franklin Street, Ste 618, Oakland, CA
(510) 836-6011
SECURITY GUARD CARD TRAINING

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1. Guard Card Class, 1 Day, 8 hours, $91
2. Live Scan Fingerprinting for Security Guard, $69
3. BSIS Guard Card Application Fee, $50

TOTAL for the Guard Card Package: $210

The Guard Card Class is a one day, eight hour training class offered on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Registration starts at 8:00 am and class ends by 4:00 pm. View the training calendar for upcoming class dates. 

Our Training Facility is located at 1814 Franklin Street, Ste 618, Oakland, at the corners of 19th & Franklin Streets, and just one block away from the 19th Street Downtown Oakland BART station.

Call LPG to register for a class, or pay in advance online to guarantee your spot in an upcoming class. Alternatively, students may Walk-In during class registration. 
Click here for a list of money saving package prices.
We accept cash, credit, debit, money orders, and business checks. Personal checks are not accepted.


Our Guard Card Package includes all three steps required to apply for the California Guard Card. The Guard Card is issued by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), not by The Loss Prevention Group (LPG). The standard processing time for the BSIS to issue the Guard Card is 4 to 6 weeks. Some Guard Cards are issued much quicker, and others take longer. LPG has no control over the Guard Card processing time. 

Unlike any other security training facility, LPG provides the required live scan fingerprinting onsite, and submits the Guard Card Application & Application Fee electronically to the BSIS, at no additional fee, when you purchase the Guard Card Package.

LPG is the most trusted Security Training Facility in Northern California. Security employer recruiters frequently visit our classrooms and recruit directly from our classes. Security employers also partner directly with us and post their jobs on our website.


The course meets the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) training requirements for the initial Guard Card and covers the Power to Arrest and Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Awareness training manuals. Course topics include criminal law, civil liability, role of a security officer, search and seizure, duty and authority, and the nature of terrorism.


All fees are Non-Refundable.


Company and Organization Billing Accounts and mobile training services available. Contact LPG for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


1) What is a Guard Card / Guard Registration?
2) How do I get a Guard Card?
3) Do you offer Financial Aid?
4) How long does it take for my Guard Card / Guard Registration to be issued?
5) How will I know when my Guard Registration is issued?
6) It has been more than 20 business days and my name has not shown up on the BSIS Verify a License webpage, what should I do?
7) I have been arrested or convicted of a crime, can I be issued a Guard Registration?
8) I had a Guard Card but it is expired now, can I renew it?
9) I moved, how do I update my address?
10) How do I renew my Guard Card?
11) I lost my Guard Card. How do I obtain a replacement?
12) What are the Continuing Education Training Requirements (AB 2880)?
13) Where can I view the training manuals used in the class?

  1) What is a Guard Card / Guard Registration?

A Guard Card / Guard Registration is required to work for any private security company in the State of California. Guard Cards are valid for two years and can be renewed for $35.


 2) How do I get a Guard Card?

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, complete the required Guard Card Training Class, complete Live Scan Fingerprinting for the criminal history check, and submit the BSIS Application and application fee to the BSIS. Applicants can complete all steps with LPG, on-site, during the one day training class.

  3) Do you offer Financial Aid?

LPG is approved by some local return to work agencies. Review the Financial Aid page for more information.


 4) How long does it take for my Guard Card / Guard Registration to be issued?

The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), issues the Guard Card, not The Loss Prevention Group (LPG). The BSIS strives to process license applications within four to six weeks. However, due to an increased number of applications received in the past months, current processing times may be four to eight weeks. Any criminal history no matter how minor or how much time has passed may cause further delays.


 5) How will I know when my Guard Registration is issued?

You can check the status on your Guard Registration by clicking here. Keep checking the status of your Guard Card online until your name shows up in the license search. Do not contact LPG to check the status of your Guard Card. The issuance of your Guard Card is between you and the BSIS. LPG is not authorized to speak with the BSIS on your behalf.


 6) It has been more than six weeks since I completed the process, and my name has not shown up on the BSIS Verify a License webpage, what should I do?

If it has been six weeks or longer since you completed the Guard Card class, live scan fingerprinting and submission of the online BSIS application, you may contact the BSIS to inquire about the status of your Guard Card. Call the BSIS at (916) 322-4000 or email the BSIS at bsis@dca.ca.gov If sending an email to the BSIS, indicate your full name, last four digits of your social security number, telephone number, and that you are a Guard Card applicant checking the status of your license application. Additional information regarding application processing and the current application processing times can be found on the BSIS’s website, www.bsis.ca.gov


 7) I have been arrested or convicted of a crime, can I be issued a Guard Registration?

The BSIS handles all backgrounds on a case-by-case basis. Applicants needs to go through the process and wait for the BSIS's decision.  Please note that all fees are non-refundable, even if an applicant is denied a Guard Registration by the BSIS. Applicant's that are denied a guard registration will have an opportunity to request a BSIS committee review. More information on the appeal process can be found here. Applicants can contact the BSIS Security Guard Licensing Division directly at (916) 322-4000 with any further questions.


 8) I had a Guard Card but it is expired now, can I renew it?

If the Guard Registration has expired for 60 days or more, the applicant will need to complete the Guard Card Training Class, Live Scan Fingerprinting and submit the BSIS application with fee all over again.


 9) I moved, how do I update my address?

The BSIS must be notified within 30 days, or an administrative fine may be issued. Fill out the Request for Change of Address form and mail or fax it to the BSIS.

  10) How do I renew my Guard Card?

The BSIS mails out a Renewal Application to the last address on record about two months before the expiration date. Return the Renewal Application and renewal fee to the BSIS before the Guard Card expiration date.


 11) I lost my Guard Card. How do I obtain a replacement?

Fill out the Request for replacement Registration/Permit form and mail it back to the BSIS with a check or money order in the amount of $10.


  12) What are the Continuing Education Training Requirements (AB 2880)?

In addition to the Guard Card Training Class, every newly licensed security guard must complete 32 hours of additional training. Sixteen (16) hours must be completed within 30 days from the day the registration is issued, or within 30 days of starting employment. The remaining 16 hours must be completed within the first six months from the day the registration is issued, or within six months of starting employment. Eight (8) hours of continuing education training is required every year after the first. Employers may provide this training for their security employees, or the Continuing Education Training may be obtained through LPG. Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding the requirements.

 13) Where can I view the training manuals used in the class?
Click here for the Power to Arrest Training Manual


Click here for the Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism Awareness for Security Professionals Student Workbook