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25202 Crenshaw Blvd, Suite 103
Torrance, California 90505
United States of America
Phone: (310) 832-8916
Direct: (310) 413-3547

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

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We are a BSIS-licensed Training Facility
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* Note: Walk-ins are allowed.  Lots of free parking on-site.  Very safe and secure area in South Torrance.  Professional, respectful instructors.  Please note that new guard has to pay for fingerprinting, DOJ/FBI background, state fees; other costs are $115.


* Note: Online course will be available very soon.

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 or city where the security training facility is located to check:

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Academy Security Training is a BSIS-licensed security guard training facility which helps new California security guards obtain their guard card and get a firearms permit and OC pepper spray certificate to carry.  We are duly certified and insured to effectively provide services for the California security guard.  Also, for VIP executive bodyguards who travel, we are certified to train for a multi-state CCW (concealed carry weapon) gun permit that is good for many states in the US.  These credentials are for the Utah and Florida non-resident concealed carry permits.  Our instructors are professional and respectful of students, and our locations are in safe and secure areas with free parking.

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Located in the Airport Office Plaza, across from the Torrance Airport.  South Torrance is safe and secure area.  Free parking. 

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New guards can get their guard card with an initial 8 hours training (Power To Arrest/ Weapons of Mass Destruction / Terrorism Awareness course).

To update your new guard card, you need an additional 16 hours of training in the first 30 days.  Also, 16 more hours of training is needed in the first 6 months.

All guards need to have 8 hours refresher course each year for as long as they have their guard card.


A firearms permit requires 14 hours of firearms training.  It's also necessary to qualify for each caliber (9mm, .40, .45, etc.) for which the guard wants to carry.  The permit holder is required to qualify twice a year, biannually at the range with live fire.


A California security guard can carry OC pepper spray only with appropriate training.  A certification card will provide proof of authority to carry.

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).  We offer brown-code.

  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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25202 Crenshaw Blvd, Suite 103        (Across from Torrance Airport)
Torrance, CA   90505

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Remember that you have to requalify 2x per year to maintain your permit.  This should be done 4 - 6 months apart from each other.  So, that by the time you renew your permit at the 2-year mark, you will have 4 requalifications.  If you don't take care of this, you will not be able to renew your permit.  Your only recourse then would be to get a new firearms permit.

We have observed that this is a common problem.  We get calls from permit holders wishing to renew but who did not do the appropriate number of requals.  Sorry, it's too late for us or anybody else to help at this point.

You won't receive a reminder notice from BSIS, your school or anybody.  Put this on your calendar so you don't forget.

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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.

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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 definitely 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:  

A. 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.

B. Baton Training Facility and Baton Instructors

When submitting the �Report of Baton Permits Issued� to the Bureau, the information on the form should be clearly printed or typewritten, and filled out completely. Incomplete or unreadable forms may be returned for completion or correction instead of filed.

C. Baton Training Facility and Baton Instructors

�Report of Baton Permits Issued� forms must be submitted to the Bureau no later than five working days following the issuance of a baton permit (Business and Professions Code, section 7585.14 (c)).



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When getting a new position or even getting assigned to a new post, it is highly advisable that you spend the time to understand your company policy and procedures.  Perhaps there is a policy with regard to the use of force.  Read and understand that.  Perhaps there is policy and procedures with regard to emergency preparedness.  Read and understand that.

Each post is different, so it is important that you heed this advice.  You diligence with this, is mark of your professionalism in this business.

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 Students from everywhere in California are welcome to attend our courses.  We have flexible course schedules that allows students from far and wide to attend our courses.  Come in for a weekend if you can't make weekdays.  Some courses are held up to 10pm in the evening.  We will be happy to refer you to another facility that is more convenient for you.  Also, we can conduct our multi-state CCW course to large groups in any of the locations below and anywhere.  Please call and inquire.

  • South Bay of Los Angeles (Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, Carson, Long Beach, Gardena, Lomita, Harbor City, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Wilmington, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lennox, LAX, Weschester, and Inglewood)
  • West Los Angeles
  • Westwood
  • Beverly Hills
  • Bel Air Estates
  • Hollywood and Hollywood Hills
  • Brentwood
  • Malibu, Woodland Hills, Encino, San Fernando Valley
  • Venice, Santa Monica and Palisades
  • Baldwin Hills, Leimart Park, Ladera Heights, Crenshaw District

  • Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Santa Clarita, Camarillo, Calabasas, Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara

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  • Long Beach
  • Seal Beach
  • Cerritos
  • Artesia
  • Lakewood
  • Paramount
  • Compton
  • Bellflower
  • Downey
  • Monterey Park
  • Alhambra
  • Arcadia
  • San Gabriel
  • Ontario
  • Pasadena
  • El Monte
  • West Covina
  • Whittier
  • Commerce
  • Bell Gardens
  • South Gate
  • San Dimas
  • Azusa
  • Burbank
  • La Crescenta
  • Glendale
  • La Canada Flintridge
  • Lake View Terrace
  • Brea
  • Buena Park
  • Fullerton
  • La Habra
  • Rowland Heights
  • Irvine
  • Anaheim
  • Anaheim Hills
  • Diamond Bar
  • Westminster
  • Laguna Hills
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Yorba Linda
  • Orange
  • Villa Park
  • Santa Ana
  • Fountain Valley
  • Costa Mesa
  • El Toro
  • Cypress
  • Garden Grove
  • Huntington Beac


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  • Simi Valley
  • Moorpark
  • Lancaster
  • Palmdale
  • Norco
  • Riverside
  • Fontana
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • San Bernardino
  • Fontana
  • Loma Linda
  • Redlands
  • Moreno Valley
  • Corona
  • Temecula/Murietta
  • Perris
  • Lake Elsinore
  • San Clemente
  • Dana Point
  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Escondido
  • La Jolla
  • San Diego



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