Frequently Asked Questions

What are the training requirements for PROPRIETARY SECURITY OFFICERS?

Before you can be assigned to a post, you must complete these training modules:
1) Power To Arrest
2) Both WMD/Terrorism Modules

Part 1 consists of 10 videos from the BSIS and Part 2 is the Terrorism Awareness Training Module.

You must take and pass a test for Power To Arrest and Terrorism Awareness, then you can be assigned to a post.

Within the NEXT 30 DAYS you must complete these additional course of training.
1) Roles and Responsibilities
2) Public and Empolyer Expectations
3) Liability Issues
4) Commuication and Conflict Management
5) Emergency Guidelines

What are the training requirements for SECURITY OFFICERS?

Before you can be assigned to a post, you must complete these training modules:
1) Power To Arrest
2) Both WMD/Terrorism Modules
Part 1 is 10 videos from BSIS and Part 2 is the Terrorism Awareness Training Module.

You must take and pass a test for Power To Arrest and Terrorism Awareness (both parts), then you can be assigned to a post.

Within the NEXT 30 DAYS you must complete 2 of these 4 specific courses:
1) Public relations
2) Observation and Documentation
3) Liabilities/Legal Aspects
4) Communication and its Significance

The remaining 2 courses must be completed within 6 months.

What do I do once I complete my training?

You will need to go to one of the LIVE SCAN locations and have your fingerprints taken. You will need to complete the application for the Proprietary Security Officer and the Request for LIVE SCAN forms prior to going to the LIVE SCAN location.

These forms are available through the State BSIS web site at BSIS.ca.gov, or you can request the forms from us and we will email them to you.

Once you have completed the forms and have been fingerprinted, you will need pay an application fee to BSIS of $50.00.

What does LIVE SCAN fingerprinting cost?
Each LIVE SCAN operator has their own set of fees, but they run $22.00 to $27.00

Where can I get fingerprinted?
There are several locations throughout the State of California. See the BSIS.ca.gov for LIVE SCAN locations.

Once I complete the initial mandatory training, what other training is required?
The state mandates that you complete continuing education every year (2 hrs per year for PSOs and 8 hrs per year for SOs) . Continuing Education can be a review of prior training or any additional training relating to security.

Can I carry a firearm and/or a baton while licensed as a Proprietary Private Security Officer?
No.

Can I carry Pepper Spray?
Yes, if you have a card showing you’ve had the training in it, and you have the client’s approval.

Do I need to apply for another PSO registration if I change employers?
No. However the new assignment must be exclusively with that one employer (you can’t have two jobs as a PSO).

If I have a conviction, can I still apply for a PSO or SO registration?
Yes. Applicants with criminal histories will be considered and registration decisions are rendered on a case-by- case basis.

How long does the application process take?
The average processing time is approximately 30 days. Issuance of the PSO registration is dependent on several factors including the completion of the criminal history check by the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Can I work on a temporary registration?
No, you must have a valid registration in your possession before going on duty

Who can I call to check the status of my application?
You can contact the Bureau at 1-800-852-5210 or 1-916-322-4000. You can also go on line to BSIS.gov and check under licenses to see if your application cleared.

What if I sent in the wrong fee amount ?
Your PSO application will be returned to you with a notice of non-payment

If I am denied a PSO or SO registration, can I appeal the denial?
Yes.

How does my employer apply for a PSE (Proprietary Private Security Employer)?
He / She needs to submit a PSE application to the Bureau along with a $75.00 application fee.

How long does the authorization process take for an employer’s application?
The average processing time is approximately 10-14 days.

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