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Frequently Asked Questions?


Do you need a licence to be a security guard?

Yes. No security guard is allowed to work in the Province of Ontario without a licence. This includes contract security, hotel security, event security, bodyguards and even bar staff/bouncers. The reason for this is to ensure that all security personnel, not only meet minimum hiring requirements but that they all receive a minimum level of training.


How do I get I security guard licence?

In order to get a security guard licence, you are required to complete a mandatory 40-hour training course with an approved training entity certified by the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services. Once completed, the next step is writing the Provincial security guard licencing examination. If successful, you can then submit an application for a security guard licence.

How long does the licencing process take?

Once you have completed your training and successfully passed the Provincial licencing exam, you can submit your application for your security guard licence either online or by mail. Based on the accuracy and completeness of your application package and, depending on the number of applications being processed by Service Ontario, the licencing process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Remember, you cannot be employed or do any security work without a valid security guard licence.

How long is the security licence valid for?

All security guard licence's are valid for a period of 2 years. It is the responsibility of the individual security guard to renew their licence prior to the expiry date and not the responsibility of the company they are working for.

How long is the training?

The mandatory requirement for the security guard training program is 40 hours. This is set by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services which is the Provincial Ministry that oversees security guard licencing in Ontario. The Training Entity conducting the training program must be able to prove you have completed all mandatory training requirements before being qualified to write your Provincial security guard licence examination.

Do I have to pass any tests?

Yes. During your training program you will be required to complete daily quizzes and a final examination. This is to ensure that you are confidently prepared to write your Provincial security guard licencing examination and, more importantly, to ensure you are successful.

Is there a cost for the course?

Yes, the cost of the course is $499.00.00 plus HST.  The 40-hour Basic Security Guard course consists of in-class instruction and includes the Basic Security Guard course and Emergency First Aid/CPR and AED certification. In addition, the cost of the course includes the Student Training Manual, patrol notebook and pen, as well as full academic support. Upon successful completion, students are qualified to write their Provincial security guard licencing examination with Service Ontario.

When can I start the training?

At Canadian Security Training we run a Basic Security Guard training course once each month. Each course is 40 hours in length and is conveniently set up in a module format. The benefit of this is that students can start any day of the 5-day module program. (For example, if you missed Day 1, you can start on Day 2 and all you would have to do is complete Days 3,4 and 5 and then attend the next Day 1 to complete your mandatory 40 hours of training). Once all five Modules have been completed and you are then qualified to write your Final examination. For more information on course registration visit our Registration page.

If I already have First Aid training do I have to take it again?

No, pursuant to the Ministry's guidelines, students can submit a valid First Aid certificate from an approved Training Provider.  Proof of training is required to ensure that all students qualifying for their Provincial Security Guard licence have met all academic requirements.

How do I register for the course?

To register for the course, simply visit our Registration and sign up online or download a Student Application form. Once completed, scan and email your Application to our Registration office at info@canadiansecuritytraining.ca.  A member of the Registration staff will send you a confirmation receipt and contact you regarding payment. All courses must be paid in full prior to being registered in any course.