How to Become a Licensed Security Guard Card Trainer in HawaiiState of Hawaii

In order to teach the Initial Security Guard 8-Hours Training course and/or the 4-Hours Security Guard Continuing Education Training, a trainer must be licensed by the Board of Private Detectives and Guards (BPDG).

Pursuant to HRS section 463-10.5(b), the Board is required to approve the training instructors and establish the training or course curricula.


Minimum Trainer Qualifications

September 20, 2012

The following are the minimum qualifications to be approved as a security guard training instructor to teach the eight (8) hour training course, four (4) hours of on the job training and the annual four (4) hours annual continuing education course. An individual shall meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  1. Be currently licensed as a principal guard with a guard agency for at least two (2) years;
  2. Be currently certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Physical Security Professional (PSP) by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), or a Certified Security Consultant (CSC) by the International Association of Professional Security Consultants;
  3. Have four (4) years of experience:
    1. As a guard, plus two (2) years of experience as a supervisor, trainer, instructor, or manager of guard employees;
    2. As a guard, plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or its equivalent; or
    3. As a law enforcement officer with a state or political subdivision thereof, or federal government as defined in HRS section 710-1000(13).
  4. Not have been convicted in any jurisdiction of a crime which reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the individual to act as a guard, unless the conviction has been annulled or expunged by court order; provided that the individual shall submit to a national criminal history record check as authorized by federal law, including, but not limited to the Private Security Officer Employment Authorization Act of 2004, and specified in the rules of the Board.

Guard Instructor License Application


Requirements, Instructions & Application

FBI Fingerprint Check

All applicants are required to submit to a FBI fingerprint check through the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC).

To obtain a FBI national Criminal History Record Check and the State of Hawaii Criminal History Record Check, applicants shall be fingerprinted electronically at Fieldprint Inc. locations nationwide or any other fingerprinting agency approved to send electronic fingerprints to the HCJDC.

Fees for the FBI and the State of Hawaii Criminal History Record Checks shall be paid directly to Fieldprint and will be electronically sent to the HCJDC.

Proof of High School Education

Attach any of the following to demonstrate that you have a high school education or its equivalent:
  • A photocopy of your high school diploma;
  • A certificate transcript of your high school record;
  • A statement (on official letterhead) from the state's Department of Education attesting to graduation or that the equivalent of a high school education has been completed;
  • A photocopy of an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree; or
  • A DD-214 form verifying at least four years of experience in the military, or a notarized statement from your Commanding Officer attesting to your military experience.

Bachelor's Degree

For applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or its equivalent provide a copy of the diploma or official transcripts verifying completion.

Notarized Experience Verification Form

For applicants verifying four (4) years as a law enforcement officer with a state or political subdivision thereof, or federal government as defined in HRS Section 710-1000(13) or as a guard or anyone acting in a guard capacity attach a notarized Experience Verification Form (Guard Instructor - PDG-28) from your present employer(s) and/or former employer(s) attesting to your dates of employment, job duties, and responsibilities that verify at least 4 years of full-time guard work and an additional two years as a supervisor, trainer, instructor or manager of guard employees.


Experience Verification

Out of State Instructor License Verification

If you hold a security guard training license outside of the State of Hawaii, you must also file a License Verification form. If you hold or have held a license(s) in any other state or jurisdictions, have the licensing authority of each state(s) or jurisdiction(s) complete this form.

If you do not hold an out-of-state license, disregard this form.


License Verification

Application Fees

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee that must accompany the application.

Course Materials

Pursuant to HRS section 463-10.5(b), the Board is required to approve training materials and establish the training or course curricula. This means that all training programs must be pre-approved for use by the BPDG before they can be used to teach a course. This process entails submitting the curricula, lesson plans, manuals, worksheets, exams and presentations to the BPDG for review and approval.

There are two (2) separate training programs and each must be submitted and approved separately.

Course 1: Initial 8-Hours Unarmed Security Guard Card Training

Course 2: Annual 4-Hours Unarmed Security Guard Continuing Education Training

Guidelines for Curriculum Review Submittal

  • The specific Hawaii content set forth in the Board's approved curricula above shall be covered in its entirety and it is incumbent on the curriculum developer to verify that the curriculum meets the requisite training.
  • Outline the major topics as required in the Board's approved curricula including all sub topics and the corresponding time allotment and duration of topic discussions.
  • Indicate where (Page number, PowerPoint slide number) each required element is covered in your program. The specific Hawaii content set forth in the approved curriculum shall be covered in its entirety and it is incumbent on the provider to verify that the program meets the requisite training.
  • Indicate and meet the required time allotment for each topic discussion.
  • Lesson plans, training manual or printed PowerPoint presentation which includes a narrative of what students will be taught and a description of topic discussions.
  • The training required shall be universally applicable to all areas of security and should not be site specific. Site specific discussions may be added beyond the mandatory program, but it should not be included in the core material.

Licensing Training Materials

Trainers are not required to write their own programs. It is possible to license approved training materials from other, approved training providers. Costs and fees vary depending upon the provider.

A list of BDPG-approved training programs is available here:

Board Approved Security Guard Training Curricula

Board Approved Security Guard Continuing Education Training Curricula


Security Training Center,® LLC. is not a government department or organization. The information and links on this page is provided as a courtesy to individuals looking to become security guard trainers in the State of Hawaii and/or license training materials. Although great pains have been taken to collect the information provided here, Security Training Center,® LLC. does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

All questions regarding trainer licensure and applications should be directed to the Board of Private Detectives and Guards (BPDG):

Hawaii Board of Private Detectives and Guards

BPDG Forms and Links

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