Friday, August 10, 2012
Take 7 Steps in the Right Direction
How to Become a Security Guard in Canada
Step 1: Select a training program. In each province there are many schools that offer excellent training programs that will give you the knowledge and tools to be successful in the security industry. The licensing ministry in your province will have a list of accredited trainers.
Step 2: Study hard. Security is a business’ most important asset so you need to take your job seriously. Most provincial governments legislated mandatory training for security guards for a very good reason: to properly prepare a guard for working in such an important position. Never be afraid to ask questions or seek out additional information.
Step 3: Get a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. Both of these are done by your local police branch. You may also need a Driver’s Abstract or another form of background check. In many provinces you must have a clean criminal record to obtain a Security Guard License. However, there are some provinces that will assess your credentials, the charge(s) against you and other factors and it may be possible to obtain a license.
Step 4: Contact the licensing branch of your provincial Ministry of Justice to find out if there are any additional requirements for licensing. These additional credentials can include: CRP and First Aid, a firearm’s license, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, self defense or a specific class of Driver’s License.
Step 5: Say cheese! Every provincial license needs a photograph of the licensee. Get a passport size photo of yourself. These are cheap and easily done on-the-spot at most photography studios. Make sure you are not wearing head gear, like a hat or bandana, and that you look neat and presentable. This picture will be visible to everyone that you encounter during your work as a guard. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the wearing of religious garments in license photographs, contact the licensing branch of your provincial Ministry of Justice.
Step 6: Once you have completed all the modules in your training program it’s time to take the Final Exam. Minimum passing grades for the exam vary by province but range from 60% to 80%. Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta require that the Final Exam be written in-person. Check with your training school to find out if there will be any additional fees for writing the Final Exam.
Step 7: Once you have completed your training program, have all necessary background checks and any additional training done, taken a photo of yourself, and passed the final exam, you are ready to become a licensed security guard! You can find the applicable application on your provincial government’s website (full contact info for all provincial governments listed below). Print out and fill in the application for your province, gather all the necessary documents and your photograph, and mail them or report in-person to your provincial Ministry of Justice office. There will also be a fee for your license. Fees vary by province and are (as of 2012) between $25.00 and $127.00. Length of validity for a license also varies by province and is between one and five years.
**Note** As of August 2012, Security Guard Licenses are NOT mandatory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Ministry Contact Information:
Solicitor General and Public Security
9th Floor John E. Brown Building
Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7
(780) 427-3441 / 1-877-462-0791
Ministry of Justice – Security Programs Division
PO Box 9217 STN Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9J1
1-855-587-0185 (does not work outside of BC)
Ministry of Justice
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6
(204)945-1242 or (204)945-2825
Department of Public Safety – Compliance and Enforcement
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Ministry of Justice – Security Programs Office
5151 Terminal Rd – Ground Floor
PO Box 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
(902) 424-2905 / 1-888-760-5577
Ministry of Community Safety and Investigative Services
Private Security and Investigative Services
777 Bay St – 3rd Floor
(416) 212-1650 / 1-866-767-7454
Testing portal: www.ontariosecuritytesting.ca
Prince Edward Island:
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Consumer Services – Firearms Office
PO Box 2000 – 161 Maypoint Rd
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8
Bureau de securite privee
6363 route transcanadienne
Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1Z9
(514) 748-7480 / 1-877-748-7483
Ministry of Justice
Corrections, Public Safety and Policing
1850-1881 Scarth St
Regina, SK S4P 4K9
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