PSO Training Requirements for a Registered PSO

If you are a PSO, you must complete the 16-hour BSIS course syllabus within either

  • the first 6 months of receiving your PSO registration;
  • or within 6 months of the date you are hired by a Private Security Employer (PSE).

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services PSO Training Syllabus

The BSIS PSO training syllabus was developed by the BSIS as mandated by California State Law.

This training syllabus includes:

2 Hours of Powers to Arrest

+  2 Hours of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness

+ 12 Hours of security related courses as outlined below

= 16 Hours

You can see this PSO training syllabus farther down on this page or on the BSIS Website by clicking here.

Section 645, Title 16, Division 7 of the California Code of Regulations determines the courses required for proprietary private security officers. The courses must meet the standards in section 7574.5 of the Business and Professions Code.

Completion Certificate

For each course or group of courses you take and finish satisfactorily, the business or person providing your training must give you a Certificate of Completion. The certificate should have on it:

  • The type of course(s) you took
  • The number of hours of training you took
  • Your name
  • The name of the company you took the training from
  • The name of the licensed instructor who taught the course
  • The Training Provider license number of the company or person you took the training from
  • The date you completed the course(s)
  • A certificate of completion number (the BSIS uses this number for tracking purposes)
  • A statement that the course you took complies with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Skills Training Course for Proprietary Private Security Officers

PSO Training Syllabus Class Topics

The following is the outline of the courses required to become registered as a PSO.

Powers to Arrest

  • Overview and Origin of Authority to Detain and Arrest
    • Definition of a Detention
    • Definition of an Arrest
    • What is a Private Citizen’s Arrest
  • Use of Force
    • Legal
    • Employer Policy
  • Search and Seizure
    • 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
    • Acting as a Law Enforcement Agent
  • Discovering Contraband
  • Definition of Private/Public Property
    • Jurisdiction
    • Trespass

Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Awareness

  • Introduction and Overview of the Training
  • The Role of a Security Officer
  • The Nature of Terrorism
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Coordinating and Sharing of Critical Information

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Definition of Proprietary
    • Employed by Company
    • Distinctive Uniform
    • Unarmed
    • Interact with Public
  • General
    • Private Citizen
    • Authority Originates from Company
    • Service Oriented
    • Employer Specific Policy

Public and Employer Expectations

  • Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Job Conduct
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Sexual Harassment

Liability Issues

  • Overview of Civil Law, Criminal Law and Torts
    • Personal
    • Employer
  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Laws and Regulations
  • Explanation of a Duty to Care
    • Reasonable Expectation for a “Safe Environment”
    • Employer Specific
    • Explanation of Negligence
  • Examples of Common Liabilities
  • Accurate Reporting/Documentation

Communication and Conflict Management

  • Interpersonal Communications Skills
    • Approach
    • Body Language
    • Listening
    • Empathy
  • Situational Awareness
    • Environment
    • Positioning
    • Subjects
  • Managing Disputes
    • Diffusing/De-escalation of Situations
    • Reacting to Violent Incidents
    • Types
  • Law Enforcement Notification

Emergency Procedures

  • Emergencies Related to Acts of Nature
  • Emergencies Related to Acts of Persons
  • Overview of Public Expectation during an Emergency
  • Explanation of Emergency Plans
  • Explanation of Emergency Evacuation Plans

What should You Read Next?

  • If you want to know more about the PSO training requirements, read PSO Training.
  • If you want to find out how to get online security officer training, read Take Online Courses.
  • If you want find out how take go take a PSO course on-site at a PSO Training Provider, read Attend Classroom Courses.
  • If you want to know more about additional training requirements after you become a private security officer, read PSO Continuing Education.
  • If you want to read the general steps to registering as a PSO, read How to Become a PSO.