PSO Training

Valley Guard Training Offers Proprietary Security Officer (PSO) training 7 days a week.

You can get the full 16 hours of PSO training for only $150.00. We can also submit your fingerprints via LiveScan for faster approval. (LiveScan is $69.00) The last step will be submitting the PSO Application to the state. (State registration cost is $55.00)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a PSO License/Registration?
Submit a PSO Application to the BSIS, along with a check or money order for $55.00, and a PSO Live Scan form signed by the Live Scan operator.

What are the training requirements for a registered PSO?
All PSO’s must complete a 16-hour course within the first six months of receiving the PSO registration, or within six months of the date of hire by the PSO employer. The training consists of 2 hours of Powers to Arrest, 2 hours of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness, and 12 hours of security related courses as outlined in the syllabus. See the BSIS PSO Training Syllabus for more information.

How long does the PSO application process take?
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.

How can I check the status of my application?
You can contact the BSIS at (800) 952-5210 or (916) 322-4000.

At what point am I required to obtain a PSO registration?
With some exceptions, when you are working exclusively for one employer, your primary duty is to provide security services for his or her employer, your services are not contracted to any other entity or person, and you meet both of the following criteria: (a) You are required to wear a distinctive uniform clearly identifying you as a security officer, and (b) you are likely to interact with the public while performing your duties. For exceptions to these requirements, see the California Business and Professions Code section 7574.

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

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

If I have a California State Guard Card, do I need a PSO registration?
No, if you have a California State Guard Card, you can work for any Proprietary Security Employer (PSE) or Private Patrol Operator (PPO).

Can a PSO carry a firearm or baton?
No, under no circumstances can a PSO carry a deadly weapon.

How can I verify this information?
You can find all of this information on the BSIS website here: BSIS PSO Fact Sheet

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