Academy Security Training - San Diego Branch

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You need a Guard Card to work in the security field in California.

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We help you stay on top of the training requirements of AB 2880 to maintain your guard card.

Guard Card in the San Diego Area

We have courses that accommodate your schedule!

Also: Firearms Permit, OC Pepper Spray Training, Multi-State Concealed Gun Permit (CCW)

In Oceanside!

If you need immediate training, consider our Los Angeles branch.  We offer the best prices in Southern California.

BSIS-licensed training centers in Los Angeles and San Diego.

* Note:  Price is for training course only; you also have to pay for Livescan fingerprinting, DOJ / FBI background and BSIS state fees.  Prices vary between each of our offices.

As a new or long-time California security guard, when you select a training facility to obtain your California guard card, or obtain training for renewal of your guard card or firearms permit, for your protection, be sure that the training facility has an up-to-date license with the BSIS (Bureau of Security and Investigative Services).  To verify a license, click on the following link, and bring up the name of the security training facility:

Verify Security Training Facility's License

Both our Los Angeles and San Diego branches are properly licensed training facility locations by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.  The Los Angeles (Torrance) branch is license # TFF 1185.  The San Diego branch is license # TFF 1211. 

We offer training for unarmed and armed security guards to obtain the California guard card.  Firearms training are available for security officers, private investigators, bail bondsmen, bail fugitive recovery persons.  Ask about the multi-state CCW gun permit (Concealed Carry Weapon / Firearms).

Academy Security Training
702 Civic Center Drive, Suite #103

Oceanside, California 92054
United States of America
Phone: (310) 832-8916 or (310) 490-3697
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Our Location:  Our Oceanside office services San Diego County.

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Firearms Shooting Ranges in 
San Diego Area

  • Discount Gun Mart
  • American Shooting Center
  • San Diego Shotgun Sports
  • American Marksman (Magnolia Indoor Range - Santee)
  • Project 2000 Shooting Range (El Cajon)
  • South Bay Rod & Gun Club
  • Iron Sights (Oceanside)

Firearms Training, Qualification / Re- qualification in a range above.

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Services we are offering to you, the California security guard:

  • Firearms Qualifications

  • Bi-annual Firearms Requalification

  • Assistance and guidance in applying to BSIS - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

  • Security Guard Courses (Call for availability)

  1. Power To Arrest / Weapons of Mass Destruction / Terrorism Awareness (Mandatory, 8 hours)
  2. Public Relations- Community & Customer (Mandatory, 4 hours)
  3. Observation and Documentation (Mandatory, 4 hours)
  4. Communication and Its Significance (Mandatory, 4 hours)
  5. Liability and Legal Aspects (Mandatory, 4 hours)
  6. Post Orders and Assignments (Elective, 4 hours)
  7. Company Policies/Orientation (Elective, 4 hours)
  8. Evacuation Procedures (Elective, 4 hours)
  9. Officer Safety (Elective, 4 hours)
  10. Arrests, Search and Seizures (Elective, 4 hours)
  11. Access Control (Elective, 2 hours)
  12. Trespass (Elective, 4 hours)
  13. Criminal Laws (Elective, 2 hours)
  14. Handling Difficult People (Elective, 4 hours)
  15. Workplace Violence (Elective, 4 hours)
  16. Chemical Agents (Elective, 8 hours)
  17. Preserving the Incident Scene (Elective, 4 hours)
  18. Crowd Control (Elective, 4 hours)
  19. Driver Safety (Elective, 4 hours)
  20. Security Supervision (Elective, 4 hours)
  21. Courtroom Demeanor (Elective, 4 hours)
  22. Parking/Traffic Control (Elective, 2 hours)
  23. Radio Procedures (Elective, 2 hours)

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Location of our San Diego Office:           
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For more information, call (310) 832-8916 or email 

Important Security Guard Information

BSIS Firearms Requirements - for Security Guards, Alarm Agents, Private Investigators and Private Patrol Operators (PPO).

Security Guard Training - You need to complete the 8-hour Power To Arrest course to get your guard card initially.  Then, you need to complete two mandatory courses and two elective courses for a total of 16 hours in the first 30 days, and another two mandatory and two elective courses for an additional 16 hours within the first 6 months.  You need 8 hours of training each year to retain your guard card.

Security Guard Firearms Permit - This allows you to open (exposed) carry when you are in uniform.  You need to complete a 14-hour course (8 hours classroom and 6 hours range time).  You need to submit an application to BSIS upon completion.  You then qualify for each specific caliber you intend to carry.  Firearms requalification is needed twice each year in order for you to renew at the end of two years.  In other words, you need to requalify four times by the time you renew after two years.  Here's a link on the BSIS website.


Don't let your guard card license elapse.  Although you already have your guard card, the state (BSIS - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services), you need to make sure that you are meeting the training requirements, including the annual training.  Same goes for security guard firearms permits.  BSIS will verify your training when you're up for renewal, so you have to stay on top of this.  We at Academy Security Training can help you meet the security training requirements.  We are here to help you. 

From the BSIS site regarding training:  

Firearm Requalifications Reminder

It has come to our attention that Firearm Permit renewal applicants are not requalifying with all calibers at each mandatory requalification. This notice is to provide clarification about that issue.

An individual who possesses a Firearm Permit must requalify with all calibers listed on their permit each time they shoot. If all calibers are not included on each mandatory requalification, the individual risks losing the authorization to carry the additional calibers.

The Firearm Instructor is responsible for seeing that the application, prior to submission to the Bureau, is completed as required.




CALL (310) 832-8916 for California Security Training




Areas served.  Companies please call to inquire about training at your facility.

  • Agua Caliente Springs
  • Alpine
  • Bonita
  • Bonsall
  • Borrego Springs
  • Boulevard
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Campo
  • Cardiff
  • Carlsbad
  • Chula Vista
  • Coronado
  • Del Mar
  • Descanso
  • Dulzura
  • El Cajon
  • Encinitas
  • Escondido
  • Fallbrook
  • Guatay
  • Imperial Beach
  • Jacumba
  • Jamul
  • Julian
  • La Jolla
  • La Mesa
  • Lake San Marcos
  • Lakeside
  • Lemon Grove
  • Leucadia
  • Lincoln Acres
  • Miramar Marine Corps Air Station
  • Mount Laguna
  • National City
  • Oceanside
  • Ocotillo Wells
  • Pacific Beach
  • Pala
  • Palomar Mountain
  • Pauma Valley
  • Pine Valley
  • Potrero
  • Poway
  • Rainbow
  • Ramona
  • Ranchita
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Rey
  • San Marcos
  • San Ysidro
  • Santa Ysabel
  • Santee
  • Solana Beach
  • Spring Valley
  • Valley Center
  • Vista
  • Warner Springs

Other BSIS-approved training facilities in San Diego (Note: Some are private only to a specific company):

  • All Access Security Training Center
  • Brinks, Inc. 
  • Citywide Total Security Services, Lemon Grove
  • Coast Career Institute, Escondido
  • Cruz Firearms Training Facility, San Ysidro
  • Daguia's Firearms Training Academy, Chula Vista
  • Grossmont College, El Cajon
  • Gunner Joe's Bullseye Academy, Poway
  • K-Tech Security & Tactical Training 
  • Morrison Firearms Academy 
  • Nanpor Security Academy, Oceanside
  • Palomar College, Escondido
  • Public Safety Training Association
  • Rancho Santa Fe Protective Services, Encinitas
  • RJ's Training Academy
  • SPSD, Lemon Grove
  • Trent Training Academy, Spring Valley


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