Training

All our security offers are trained to observe, protect and prevent. If you want to become a member of our security team, you will need a valid security guard registration or a screen-print of the Bureau’s approval from their website, www.bsis.ca.gov with valid photo identification.

All security guards are employed by licensed private patrol and are tasked with protecting persons and property in order to prevent harm, theft and other security issues. Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Complete a 40-hour required training course which can be administered by any private patrol operator or by a certified training facility

Security Guard Training Requirement

The 40-hour training program needed to be completed by our security guards can be broken down into the following:

Training to Be Completed
Training Hours Needed
Before Being Assigned to Post 8 Hours
Within First 30 Days 16 Hours
Within First Six Months 16 Hours
TOTAL
40 HOURS

Our training course is administered in our office in Emeryville, CA.

Expedite Training

The following steps should be followed in order to speed up security guard application and fingerprinting process:

Basic Training

Step 1. You must have received an 8-hour “Power to Arrest” training and passed the examination. The said training involves readings, writing, audio and WMD video, as well as a test.

Step 2. You have to submit a security guard application online through this link.

Step 3. You have to submit fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. Live Scan site locations can be found here while Live Scan forms can be downloaded here.

Step 4. Once your online application and criminal history clearances are received by the Bureau, your card will appear on the Bureau’s website. The private patrol operator or training facility can verify the approval by clicking here.

You can then be placed on job and your guard card will be mailed which you can receive in 10 to 15 days.

Step 5. When you’re on assignment, always keep the following documents with you:

  • Valid security guard registration obtained from the Bureau’s website
  • Valid photo Identification

Continuing Education

We at AGP believe in additional training programs to better equip our security officers about what they’ll face and what’s expected of them. Training is at the top of our priority list and we believe that it allows our personnel to be more effective in their job as well as allow them to take on the challenges faced by the security industry these days.

Our continuous education program runs for 32 hours and is provided by CALSAGA and is approved by BSIS. Those who can take the program are personnel with guard card training and those who need continuous education.

Here are some of the topics covered during continuous education training:

  • Power To Arrest
  • Terrorism & WMD
  • Workplace Violence
  • Security Office
  • Crowd Control
  • Observation & Documentation
  • Communication
  • General Duties & Public Relation
  • Employer Policies
  • Liabilities & Legal Aspects
  • Arrest & Search
  • Access Control
  • Parking/Traffic Control
  • Security Patrol
  • Report Writing

Officer Screening

Here at AGP, we only hire the best security personnel. As such, we have a rigorous screening process that each security applicant needs to pass. We do drug screening, criminal background checks and personality and aptitude tests.

After such procedures, our guards need to pass the AGP Basic Security Training program. After that, ongoing training is provided to hone their skills further.