About Us

Academy Operations

(C.S.T.A.) California Security Training Academy has been Sacramento region’s top training provider for more than 4 decades. The same level of passion and diligence in the training of individuals for private security and firearms certifications is still available at the same location on Freeport Boulevard, but operations are now being run by (SAFTA-South) Security & Firearms Training Academy. You are encouraged to learn more about SAFTA by clicking here, where you will also be able to enroll for courses online as well. SAFTA offers courses in both South Sacramento, as well we North Highlands, CA.

Academy History

(C.S.T.A.) California Security Training Academy was founded in 1972 by Steve Caballero, Ed.D., while he was serving as a detective sergeant with El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Steve felt the Security Industry at that time needed a professional school where training and professionalism were the main priority.

The School was opened in Sacramento, California and there began a long, professional association with the State of California and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. Prior to consolidating its operations into one California Regional Training Headquarters, C.S.T.A. had training facilities in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Leandro, Marin County, Fresno and Stockton, California.

California Security Training Academy (CSTA) was the first security training facility in California to become licensed under the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), www.bppe.ca.gov in 1989. Many of the high standards established by this academy have found their way into the administrative rules and regulations established by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, which now governs the conduct of California Security Professionals at every level. Dr. Caballero was invited to become a member of Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Advisory Committee in 1984 and assisted in the initial development of the baton and firearms manuals. He has recently retired from the BSIS Disciplinary Review Committee having been installed by Governor Davis and asked to remain by Governor Schwarzenegger.

In 1998, Dr. Caballero was the featured speaker at a gathering of state security contractors at the California Highway Patrol Academy regarding the state requirement that security contractors complete a course of instruction related to Penal Code Section 832. At that time, state security contractors were required to complete this course of instruction to be eligible to obtain security contracts from state government agencies.

Dr. Caballero was able to communicate that security contractors whose officers trained only in Penal Code Section 832 aspects were more likely to create a high risk of liability for their clients because Penal Code Section 832 spells out the requirements for police officers, not security officers.

At CSTA, insuring the future and the success of each student, regardless of the student’s background or ability, is of primary importance. CSTA invites the most rigorous scrutiny and examination of its over 40-year history of providing services and continuing support for all students and graduates. It is the objective of California Security Training Academy (CSTA) as it has been in the past, now and in the future, to continue to provide the best training to be found anywhere in the security industry.

Security/Investigative professionals come from every walk of life. Whether their goal is part time or full time employment as a security guard, a body guard or investigator, the excitement and the challenge is still the same. Our graduates can expect to seek work in the various aspects of the security, investigative and executive protection and related fields with confidence that employers will recognize the training they have received here as being the best.

Mission Statement

At CSTA, insuring the future and the success of each student, regardless of the student’s background or ability, is of primary importance.  CSTA invites the most rigorous scrutiny and examination of its 40 year history of providing services and continuing support for all students and graduates.  After the training is complete, all students are welcome to come back anytime to look at the notice board to check out the companies that offer employment in order to improve themselves or get employment with better benefits.  In any event, we are always happy to see them.  It is the objective of California Security Training Academy (C.S.T.A.) as it has been in the past, now and in the future, to continue to provide the best training to be found anywhere in the security industry in our GREAT STATE of California!  Security professionals come from every walk of life.  Whether their goal is part time or full time the challenge is still the same.  Our graduates can expect to seek work in any of the various aspects of the security sector, knowing that employers will recognize the training they have received here as being the best available within our fair State and the U.S.A.

CALIFORNIA SECURITY TRAINING ACADEMY and CALIFORNIA SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS ACADEMY, INC. has been recognized as the premier Security Training and Firearms Training Academy throughout the State for the past forty plus years.  We are proud to include a copy of our *COMPLIANCE INSPECTION by the BUREAU OF SECURITY & INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES.  CSTA keeps impeccable records on every student and can reproduce a copy of any certificate upon request should the student misplace his/her document.  *Please see back page of catalog for Bureau of Security & Investigative Services Compliance Letter.

CSTA ensures each student leaves with the most complete and up to date training and updates to continue throughout their career.  We have always been happy to counsel or tutor should a student have any issues in any area of training.  Every student leaves CSTA with all of the skills to procure a good position in the various industries, from Security Officer to loss prevention.  The corporate embossed certificates received by the students for training are known throughout the area as portraying the finest education.


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