Frequently Asked Questions - Training Facilities

Revised: November 2018

(TFB) Training Facility - Baton
(TFF) Training Facility - Firearm
(TIB) Training Instructor for Baton
(TIF) Training Instructor for Firearms

1. What are the requirements for a baton/firearms instructor's certificate?

The requirements for a firearm instructor certificate are that the applicant:

  • Possess an associate of arts degree in the administration of justice or one year of teaching or training experience AND
  • Possess a police or security firearms instructor training certificate issued by the National Rifle Association or a firearms instructor training certificate issued by a federal, state or local agency

The requirements for a baton instructor certificate are that the applicant:

  • Possess an associate of arts degree in the administration of justice AND
  • Possess a baton instructor certificate issued by a federal, state or local agency or one year of verifiable baton teaching experience, or its equivalent as determined by the chief

2. What is necessary for Baton Facility certification?

The Baton Training Manual is the standard for instruction at all baton training facilities. It was developed by a field of experts in baton training, in conjunction with Bureau staff. The Baton Training Manual will be sent when the facility is certified. Approval may be given and a certificate issued if the facility employs a certified training instructor. Each baton training facility must have a written procedure for the security of the written examination and must be submitted to the Bureau on demand.

3. What is necessary for a Firearms Facility certification?

The Firearms Training Manual is the standard for instruction at all firearms training facilities. It was developed by a field of experts in firearms training, in conjunction with the Bureau staff. The Firearms Training Manual will be sent when the facility is certified. Approval may be given and a certificate issued if the facility employs a certified training instructor. Each firearms training facility must have a written procedure for the security of the written examination and must be submitted to the Bureau on demand.

4. What forms are included in the instructor application package?

5. What forms must be included in the training facility application package?

6. How do I apply?

You can apply online using BreEZe, which bypasses the Cashiering Office and can reduce the application processing time by up to two weeks. Alternatively, you can submit your application and payment to the Bureau by mail to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
P.O. Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA. 95798-9002

7. How much does it cost to apply for a training instructor or training facility certificate?

Click here to see the BSIS fee schedule.

8. How long will it take to process my application after I submit it?

The complete processing of the application will take approximately three to six months from the date the application is cashiered.

9. How long is the certificate valid?

A training facility (baton/firearms) certificate is valid for two years. A training facility instructor (baton/firearms) certificate is also valid for two years.

10. How do I get a police or security firearms instructor training certificate issued by the National Rifle Association (NRA)?

The NRA police or security firearms instructor training certification is obtained by taking the NRA Law Enforcement Instructor training class. You can log on to https://le.nra.org/law-enforcement-training to find the nearest class location.

11. How does an instructor renew his/her certificate?

Prior to the expiration of the certificate, the certificate holder may receive a courtesy renewal application mailed to the last address of record approximately 60-120 days in advance. If you do not receive a baton training instructor renewal application, submit and complete the Baton Instructor Certificate Renewal/Reinstatement Application along with the applicable renewal/reinstatement fee. If you do not receive a firearm training instructor renewal application, complete and submit the Firearm Instructor Certificate Renewal/Reinstatement Application along with the applicable renewal/reinstatement fee. You may also renew online using BreEZe, which updates your license in real-time. Create a BreEZe account, pay the renewal fee, and submit your renewal application online .

Mail the renewal/reinstatement application and renewal/reinstatement fee to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
P.O. Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

Click here to view the BSIS fee schedule

12. How does a Training Facility renew his/her certificate?

Prior to the expiration of the certificate, the training facility may receive a courtesy renewal application mailed to the last address of record approximately 60-120 days in advance. If you do not receive a baton training facility renewal application, complete and submit the Baton Training Facility Certificate Renewal/Reinstatement Application along with the applicable renewal/reinstatement fee. If you do not receive a firearms training facility renewal application, complete and submit the Firearms Training Facility Certificate Renewal/Reinstatement Application along with the applicable renewal/reinstatement fee. You may also renew online using BreEZe, which updates your license in real-time. Create a BreEZe account, pay the renewal fee, and submit your renewal application online .

Mail the renewal/reinstatement application and renewal/reinstatement fee to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
P.O. Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

Click here to view the BSIS fee schedule

13. Where does a baton training facility obtain forms for baton certificates?

The certified baton training instructor can order a supply of baton certificates from the Bureau. The baton training facility must submit a completed Request for Baton Permits form. The fee is $60 for each certificate ordered. The requestor must be the one designated by the company to act on behalf of the company and this information must be on file with the Bureau.

Submit the form and payment to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

14. Where does a Firearms Training Facility obtain forms for firearms permits?

The Bureau does not mail or distribute firearms applications- all firearms applications and forms are available on the Bureau's website . Please note, the Bureau does not recommend printing mass quantities of firearms applications for students as the initial and renewal firearms application are frequently updated in accordance with changes to governing laws and regulations. The submission of an outdated application may constitute an application deficiency, which could delay the processing of the firearms application.

15. How do I notify the Bureau of my change of address?

You must notify the Bureau in writing within 30 days of an address change. To change the company's (e.g. training facility) address, complete and submit the Address Change (Company) form to the Bureau. For an instructor to change his/her address, complete and submit the Address Change (Personal) form to the Bureau. You may email the completed form to FacilitiesandInstructors.dca@dca.ca.gov or

Mail form to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

16. How do I change my business name?

In order for you to change your facility's business name, you must submit a completed Firearms or Baton Training Facility Certificate Holder: Request Company Name Change Form/Request Additional Fictitious Business Name Form along with the processing fee of $75. You may also submit a name change application online using BreEZe. To create a BreEZe account and submit your name change application online click here .

Mail form and payment to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

You may not operate under your requested new name until an approval is received .

17. If I lost, destroyed or damaged my certificate, how do I obtain a duplicate?

If you have lost or destroyed your training facility or instructor certificate, complete and submit the Application for Replacement of Baton Training Facility Certificate (for Baton Training Facilities only), Application for Replacement of Firearms Training Facility Certificate (for Firearms Training Facilities only), Application for Replacement of Baton Instructor Certificate (for Baton Instructor only), and/or Application for Replacement of Firearms Instructor Certificate (for Firearms Instructor only) along with the applicable fee. You may also submit a request for a replacement certificate online using BreEZe, which updates in real-time. Create a BreEZe account, pay the application fee, and submit your application for a replacement certificate online .

Mail the application and fee to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
P.O. Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

Please allow 6-8 weeks for replacement, if submitting by mail.

Click here to view the BSIS fee schedule

18. The name/address was misspelled on my certificate. Is there a fee for a new one?

No. An error made by the Bureau should be corrected without charge. Please clarify the error in writing, include proof of the Bureau's error (preferably a copy of the submitted application), and submit by email to bsis@dca.ca.gov or by mail to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

(This does not apply to address changes when submitted after a renewal was paid and already mailed.)

19. Do I have to register my facility with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)?

If you are a BSIS-certified training facility or a BSIS-approved trainer you may be required to register with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) pursuant to California Education Code Section 94874(f) , if one of the following conditions apply:

1. Students who receive your training use state or federal student and veterans financial aid programs to pay for the training or;

2. Total charges for any set of training courses you provide exceed $2,500.

For more information regarding the requirements for registration, please contact BPPE. Use link to view contact information on their website: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/about_us/contact.shtml