How it Works

5 Easy Steps to Getting Your Guard Card. Our courses will walk you through each step in detail.

  • Step 1: Sign up for either the 8 Hour or 40 Hour Security Guard Training Course.

  • Step 2: Submit your BSIS Guard Card application after completing the 8 Hour Guard Card course. We will walk you through the application in our course.

  • Step 3: Get Live Scan Fingerprinting after completing the 8 Hour Guard Card course. Our course will explain how to do this.

  • Step 4: Receive BSIS Guard Card within 15-30 business days.

  • Step 5: Complete the 32 hours of required continuing education within 6 months after your Guard Card is issued (included in the 40 hour bundle).

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Gender & Racial Harassment & Discrimination

    • Introduction

    • Harassment & Discrimination

    • California Law

    • California Civil Law (Optional)

    • Verbal Harassment in the Workplace

    • Case Study | Duncan v. General Motors Corporation

    • Case Study | $10 million Price Tag

    • Physical Harassment in the Workplace

    • National Origin Discrimination

    • Quiz 1 Test Your Knowledge

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Verbal Skills & Crisis Intervention

    • Introduction

    • Verbal Skills & Crisis Intervention

    • Basic Communication Skills

    • Importance of Active Listening

    • Security Officer's Role in Responding to an Incident

    • Crisis Period

    • Quiz 2- Test Your Knowledge

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Respect: Stereotyping and Attitude

    • Introduction

    • Respect: Stereotyping and Attitude

    • Respect

    • Image and Attitude

    • Stereotyping

    • Stereotyping Activity

    • Stereotyping Activity

    • Quiz 3 Test Your Knowledge

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Cultural Diversity

    • Introduction

    • Diversity

    • Developing Cultural Awareness

    • Developing Cultural Communication Skills

    • Degrees in Diversity: The Cole Institute and Bond Fund Case Study

    • Cultural Pursuit Activity

    • Cultural Pursuit Activity

    • Cultural Pursuit Survey

    • Quiz 4 - Test Your Knowledge

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Substance Abuse and Mental Health

    • Introduction

    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health

    • Understanding Substance Abuse

    • Signs and Symptoms: Controlled Substances

    • Under the Influence

    • Case Study Borse v. Piece Goods Shop, Inc.

    • How to Identify the Signs of Mental Illness

    • Welfare & Institution code 5150-6000

    • Quiz 5- Test Your Knowledge

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Ethics and Professionalism Appearance

    • Introduction

    • Ethics and Professionalism

    • Importance of Appearance

    • How to Wear the Uniform

    • Understanding Command Presence

    • Security Officer Code of Ethics

    • What determines your own Code of Ethics?

    • Quiz 6- Test Your Knowledge

  • 8

    Lesson 7: Public Relations Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 10

    Lesson 1: Report Writing

    • Introduction

    • Report Writing

    • Accountability and Liability

    • Field Note-taking

    • Incident Report Example

    • The 4 C's of Writing Reports

    • Quiz 1: Test Your Knowledge

  • 11

    Lesson 2: English as a Second Language

    • English as a Second Laguage

  • 12

    Lesson 3: Observation & Patrol Techniques

    • Introduction

    • Observation & Patrol Techniques

    • Patrolling

    • Your 5 Senses

    • Types of Patrol

    • Preparing for Patrol

    • Suspect Description Form

    • Quiz 3: Test Your Knowledge

  • 13

    Lesson 4: Asking Appropriate Questions

    • Introduction

    • Asking Appropriate Questions

    • Body Language

    • Reading Body Language Activity

    • Encouraging Conversation

    • Quiz 4: Test Your Knowledge

  • 14

    Lesson 5: Observing Suspects and Suspicious Activity

    • Introduction

    • Observing Suspects

    • Observing Suspicious Activity

    • Fire and Water Condition

    • Civil Procedure Section 47 (b)

    • Case Study: Mulder vs. Pilot Air Freight (2004)

    • Quiz 5: Test Your knowledge

  • 15

    Lesson 6: Observation and Documentation Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 16

    Welcome to Communication and It's Significance

  • 17

    Lesson 1: Importance of Internal Communication

    • Introduction

    • Importance of Internal Communications and Protocols

    • The Role of Security Officer

    • Patrols

    • Incidents Where Communication is Essential

    • Quiz 1: Test Your Knowledge

  • 18

    Lesson 2: Communication Systems

    • Introduction

    • Radio and Monitors

    • Radios

    • Radio Code List

    • Proper Usage of the Telephone

    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules

    • Proper Usage of the Intercoms

    • Other Technology

    • Most Frequently Used California Penal Codes

    • Quiz 2: Test Your Knowledge

  • 19

    Lesson 3: External Communication

    • Introduction

    • Emergency Services

    • Review of Post Work Orders at Each Site

    • Post Orders

    • Answering Emergency Service Questions

    • Good Samaritan Law

    • Media Relations

    • Quiz 3: Test Your Knowledge

  • 20

    Lesson 4: External Communications Continue

    • Introduction

    • Communications with Emergency Services

    • Communications with Fire Personnel

    • Post Orders

    • Communications with Police/Sheriff/Other Enforcement Agencies

    • Quiz 4: Test Your Knowledge

  • 21

    Lesson 5: City and Government Services

    • Introduction

    • State Public Saftey Services

    • Community Services

    • Medical and Health Services

    • Emergency Services

    • State Government Agencies

    • Quiz 5: Test Your Knowledge

  • 22

    Lesson 6: Communication and its Significance Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 24

    Lesson 1: Personal/Contractor/Employer

    • Introduction

    • Personal - Contractor- Employer Guard

    • Power to Search

    • Use of Force

    • Color of Law

    • Quiz 1 Test Your Knowledge

  • 25

    Lesson 2: Types of laws : Criminal, Civil, Administrative

    • Introduction

    • Types of Laws: Criminal Civil, Administrative

    • Legal Principles and Processes

    • California Penal Code

    • Criminal Law

    • Civil Law

    • Intentional Torts

    • Quiz 2 Test Your Knowledge

  • 26

    Lesson 3: BSIS Codes and Regulations

    • Introduction

    • What is a Security Officer and Security Services Under the Law and Regulations

    • Business and Professional Code Section 480-489

    • Business & Professions Codes 7581To 7588.5

  • 27

    Lesson 4: Role of the Security Officer

    • Introduction

    • Role of the Security Officer

    • Role of the Security Officer Video

    • Legal Aspect of Making a Citizens Arrest

    • Trespassers and Agent of Property Owners

    • Case Studies: Detention and False Imprisonment

    • Questioning Persons and Investigations

    • Quiz 4 Test Your Knowledge

  • 28

    Lesson 5: Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 30

    Lesson 1: Civil Codes Pertaining to Arrests as a Private Person

    • Introduction

    • Arrest, Search & Seizure

    • Color of Law

    • Crimes & Public Offenses

    • Use of Force

    • Arrest Defined

    • Quiz 1: Test Your Knowledge

  • 31

    Lesson 2: Arrests and Searches

    • Introduction

    • Formalities in making an Arrest

    • US Constitution & Amendments Impacting Guard Responsibilities

    • Case Study: Kyllo v. U.S.

    • Trespassers and Agent of Property Owners

    • Quiz 2: Test Your Knowledge

  • 32

    Lesson 3: Loss Prevention

    • Introduction

    • Loss Prevention

    • Elements of a Lawful Arrest

    • Detention and Apprehension

    • False Arrest

    • Intentional Torts

    • Quiz 3: Test Your Knowledge

  • 33

    Lesson 4: The Shopkeeper's Privilege

    • Introduction

    • Security Officer Authority Searching for weapons or Personal belongings

    • The Shopkeeper's Privilege

    • Case Study

    • Quiz 4: Test Your Knowledge

  • 34

    Lesson 5: Evidence

    • Introduction

    • Statements by the Suspect/Defendant

    • Observations By The Security Guard

    • Chain of Evidence

    • Statements of Others

    • Quiz 5: Test Your Knowledge

  • 35

    Lesson 6: Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 37

    Lesson 1: Communications and Verbal Diffusion

    • Introduction

    • Communications and Verbal Diffusion

    • Security Officer's Role in Responding to an Incident

    • Workplace Violence

    • Crisis Period

    • Quiz 1- Test Your Knowledge

  • 38

    Lesson 2: Conflict Management

    • Introduction

    • Conflict Management

    • Diffusing the Situation

    • Assessing Behavior

    • The Team Approach To Prevent Workplace Violence

    • Quiz 2- Test Your Knowledge

  • 39

    Lesson 3: Speaking Constructively

    • Introduction

    • Communicate Effectively

    • Active Listening

    • Crisis Intervention and Preventing Violence

    • Quiz 3- Test Your Knowledge

  • 40

    Lesson 4: Valuing Diversity

    • Introduction

    • Diversity

    • Developing Cultural Communication Skills

    • Degrees in Diversity: The Cole Institute and Bond Fund Case Study

    • Cultural Pursuit Activity

    • Cultural Pursuit Activity

    • Cultural Pursuit Survey

    • Quiz 4 - Test Your Knowledge

  • 41

    Lesson 5: Negotiating

    • Introduction

    • Handling Active Shooter/Hostage Situations

    • Security Officer's Role in Responding to Emergency Situations

    • The Importance of Emergency Preparedness

    • The Emergency Operations Center

    • News Media

    • Quiz 5- Test Your Knowledge

  • 42

    Lesson 6: Handling Difficult People Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 44

    Lesson 1: Threat Assessment

    • Introduction

    • Behavior is Motivated

    • Diffusing a Violent Situation

    • Violence and Response

    • Quiz 1 - Test Your Knowledge

  • 45

    Lesson 2: Subject Contact

    • Introduction

    • Recognize the Appropriate Response

    • Officer Safety Issues

    • Defense Tactics and Officer Safety

    • Importance of Report Writing

    • Activity: Improving Your 5 Senses

    • Quiz 2 - Test Your Knowledge

  • 46

    Lesson 3: Safety Awareness

    • Introduction

    • Safety Awareness in the Security Profession

    • Importance of Protective Equipment

    • Machinery Tag Out Program

    • Emergency Action Plan

    • Quiz3 - Test Your Knowledge

  • 47

    Lesson 4: Bloodborne Pathogens

    • Introduction

    • Blood Borne Pathogens

    • OSHA Inspection

    • OSHA Record keeping and Posting Requirements

    • Hazard Prevention and Communication

    • Quiz 4 - Test Your Knowledge

  • 48

    Lesson 5: Environmental/Hazardous Materials

    • Introduction

    • The Material Safety Data Sheet Purpose

    • Security Officer's Role in Responding to Emergencies

    • Hazardous Material Spill Response

    • Notification of Client Personnel

    • Quiz 5: Test Your knowledge

  • 49

    Lesson 6: Officer Safety Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 51

    Lesson 1: Open Land

    • Introduction

    • Civil Trespass and Criminal Trespass

    • Penal Code 602 PC- California Trespassing Laws

    • Case Study: Open Field Doctrine

    • Loitering to Commit a Crime

    • Quiz 1: Test Your Knowledge

  • 52

    Lesson 2: Private Property

    • Introduction

    • Trespassers and Agent of Property Owners

    • Trespass to Land

    • Trespass to Chattels (Personal Property)

    • Discouraging Trespassing

    • Trespassing and Landowner Rights

    • Quiz 2: Test Your Knowledge

  • 53

    Lesson 3: Private Building

    • Introduction

    • Private Building

    • Benevolent Trespassing

    • Use of Force in the Defense of Property

    • Case Study: Burglary – Entry as a Trespasser

    • Aggravated Trespass

    • Burglary

    • Quiz 3: Test Your Knowledge

  • 54

    Lesson 4:Public Property

    • Introduction

    • Prohibited Conduct in Places of Public Accommodations

    • State Laws Regarding Trespass to Public Property

    • State Laws Regarding Trespass to Public Property Continue

    • Types of Property that can be Trespassed Upon

    • Case Study: Public and Private Property Trespassing

    • Quiz 4: Test Your Knowledge

  • 55

    Lesson 5: Places of Public Accommodation/Public Access

    • Introduction

    • Constitutional Rights in Public Places

    • Regional Malls and Trespassing

    • Case Study; Picketing on Private Property

    • Case Study: Free Speech Rights on Private Property

    • Case Study: No Soliciting Without Permit

    • Quiz 5: Test Your Knowledge

  • 56

    Lesson 6: Trespass Final Exam

    • Passing Standards

    • Final Exam

  • 57

    End of Course Survey

    • End of Course Survey