The Loss Prevention Group, Inc. (LPG) is a licensed firearms training facility (Lic. TFF 1308) through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) and employs licensed firearms instructors. The Initial Exposed Firearms Training Class is a two day, 14 hour class (8 hours classroom, 6 hours range) offered most Wednesdays and Thursdays at our Oakland Campus. Registration starts at 8:00 am and class ends by 4:00 pm. Students must attend both days consecutively. View the Training Calendar for upcoming class dates. The cost of the two day class is $160 if paid on the day of the class, or $150 if paid in advance. Live Scan fees ($107) and State application fees ($80) are separate. There are no range, target, firearm rental, ammunition, or other hidden fees when you train with LPG!
LPG uses a state of the art BSIS approved firearms simulator system in place of qualifying at a shooting range. LPG's system is currently used by the FBI, FLETC, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and many law enforcement agencies worldwide! Click here to view the BSIS's approval on firearms simulator systems.
Students must be 18 years of age or older, a United States Citizen or permanent legal resident (with proof), and be a licensed security guard or applicant for a license as security guard. Click here to view the list of Acceptable Documents for proof of citizenship or legal resident status.
During the classroom training, students will learn moral and legal aspects of firearms use, firearms nomenclature, weapons handling and shooting fundamentals, and emergency procedures. During the range training, students will practice in safely handling and firing LPG's duty weapons outfitted with laser inserts and recoil conversion kits. In addition to the required Course of Fire, students will participate in advanced training in the most realistic settings. LPG's training includes real-time video scenarios often referred to as "Shoot don't Shoot" training. The scenarios provide several possible outcomes branching off from the original scene based on the student's actions.
Students have the opportunity to qualify with the following two calibers: 9 mm and .40. For an additional fee of $15, students can add the following calibers: .38 and .357. LPG provides all firearms for use during the training and qualification. Students are not allowed to bring personal firearms or ammunition into the facility.
In accordance with the standards established by the BSIS, students must qualify with a minimum score of 80 percent on a course of fire prescribed by the Bureau, and pass with a minimum score of 85 percent or more on the Bureau-approved written examination. Passing a written examination is only required at the time of the initial application and the renewal of the firearm permit. Students who fail to pass the written examination, or the range qualification, are allowed to retake the class one time only at no additional cost.
The Firearms Requalifications are offered most Thursdays at 2:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm. View the Training Calendar for upcoming class dates. The cost of the requalification for the 9 mm and .40 calibers is $40 if paid on the day of the class, or $30 if paid in advance. For an additional $15, students can add the following calibers: .38, .357, and .45 Calibers. There are no range, target, firearm rental, additional caliber, ammunition, or other hidden fees when you requalify with LPG!
Holders of the Firearms Permit 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.
All fees are Non-Refundable.
Company and Organization Billing Accounts are available. Contact LPG for more information.
3) How will I know when my Firearm Permit is issued?
17) Where can I view the training manuals used in the class?
1) What are the requirements for obtaining a Firearms Permit?
Applicants must take the 14 hour Firearm Training Course, pass the written and range exams, be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status, complete live scan fingerprinting for security guard with firearm; and submit a copy of the live scan form and firearm permit application form with an $80 application fee directly to the BSIS.
It takes the BSIS approximately six weeks to process the application for firearms permit, and it takes the BSIS approximately four to six months to complete the process of issuing a permit. It is recommended by the BSIS that applicants wait at least four months before calling (916) 322-4000 to check on the status of their firearms permit.
Applicants can check the status of their Firearm Permit on the BSIS Verify a License webpage. Once the applicants name shows up, it taked approximately three to six weeks to receive the Firearms Permit in the mail from the BSIS.
No! Even if you are licensed or registered in the security, alarm, or private investigation fields, you may NOT carry a gun on duty - whether loaded or unloaded - unless you have been issued an exposed Firearm Permit by the BSIS.
No! It is illegal for a licensee or registrant to carry a CONCEALED weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by a Police Department or Sheriff's Office.
No! You cannot carry a caliber handgun that is not listed on your Firearm Permit.
A Firearm permit expires on the date of expiration and there is no grace period. If you do not apply for a renewal before the date of expiration, you must requalify and start over as a new applicant.
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.
9) My Firearms Permit has expired and the renewal is being processed. Can an expired permit and proof of payment be used until the renewal is received?
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Program List. Funding for LPG's classes may be available for those who
qualify. Review the Financial Aid page for more information.
The BSIS must be notified within 30 days, or an administrative fine may be issued. Fill out the Request for Change of Address form and mail or fax it to the BSIS.
Fill out the Request for replacement Registration/Permit form and mail it back to the BSIS with a check or money order in the amount of $10.
16) I have completed 832 PC training, or a Police Academy. Do I still have to take the training class?
17) Where can I view the training manuals used in the class?
Click here for the BSIS Firearms Training Manual