Firearms Requalification Schedule

The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Permit for Exposed Firearm requires continuing education and range requalifications.

Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. An applicant must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart. The application for renewal should be submitted to the Bureau within 60 days before the expiration date. You may not renew your permit once you have allowed it to expire. You must instead apply for a new permit.

How to Use the Firearms Requalification Schedule

  1. The top row (across) of the chart represents the month in which the guard’s Permit for Exposed Firearm expires. Locate this month on the chart.
  2. The corresponding column (vertical) represents the following months in which the guard must requalify with the firearm.
  3. On the final (fourth) qualification, the security guard must also pass a written examination.


Download the Firearms Requalification Schedule here (.PDF file).


Sample Firearms Requalification Schedule.
This Firearms Requalification Schedule is copyright 2013 Security Training Center,® LLC.

The following is taken from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) website:

Firearm Permit Renewal: Two Hour Refresher Course

In October 2012, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services published an updated "Firearms Training Manual." The update included a correction to the manual's "Requalification" section which erroneously stated that firearm requalification applicants were required to complete a two-hour refresher course only at the time of their fourth semi-annual range qualification (Section IX, Firearms Training Manual). This reference contradicted provisions of the Firearms Training Manual which specifically provided that requalification applicants must complete the two-hour review course prior to firing on the range (Section I (B), Firearms Training Manual). In accordance with California Code of Regulations Section 633, the two-hour refresher course is required to be completed prior to each range qualification course of fire and this clarification has been incorporated in the current Firearms Training Manual (see, California Code of Regulations Section 633, Title 16, Division 7).

It should be noted that the firearm permit application also has been revised, requiring instructors to verify the completion of the two-hour refresher course prior to each range requalification.

BSIS Notices

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