Last Updated on February 3, 2021

Alberta Online Security Guard Courses

Alberta Online Security Guard License Course Syllabus

The training syllabus (either online or in a classroom) is set by the Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General. The Alberta Security License Course is a 40 Hour Mandatory Course and prepares you to write (and successfully pass) the Alberta security guard license exam required by the Province of Alberta. Once you have passed this exam, you can participate in the high demand career of security and loss prevention.

The Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General  does not provide the training directly, but approves trainers who are authorized to deliver the program.

  • Section 1 – Introduction to the Security Industry
  • Section 2 – Canadian Legal System
  • Section 3 – Basic Security Patrol Procedures
  • Section 4 – Communication
  • Section 5 – Documentation and Evidence
  • Section 6 – Emergency Response Procedures
  • Section 7 – Health and Safety

Recommended Trainer


Security Guard Training Canada recommends securityguardcourse.ca for your Alberta security guard license training. They have trained over 5,000 students since 2012.

You can get more information on their course by visiting this page.

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Security Guard Training Canada is pleased to provide an online Use of Force and Handcuffing Certification Course.

This course was developed by a Subject Matter Expert and former Instructor Trainer for the Ontario Police College. Subjects include Criminal and Trespass arrest, detailed use of force authority explanations, judgement and decision making (crisis intervention) and incident articulation.

There is also a full explanation of the new Criminal Code sections on the use of force for protection of people and property.

Who should register

  • Persons looking to get Handcuffing and Use of Force certification.
  • Anyone working or seeking employment in law enforcement will benefit from this training.
  • Individuals who would like to advance their skills and job opportunities.
  • Organizations seeking to train multiple staff at a reduced cost.

Why take this course

  • It was written by a Subject Matter Expert in this field and former Instructor trainer for the Ontario Police College.
  • There is no requirement for an in class, hands on training module in order to become certified.
  • As an added bonus you will get the Handcuffing and Search modules and downloadable pdfs to keep.
  • Seek higher paying work and improve your chances of landing jobs by proactively taking this training.
  • Ability to complete this course at your own pace.
  • Instructor expertise and assistance available through email.

Check out our Online Use of Force and Handcuffing FAQ below for even more information!

*Disclaimer: Security Guard Training Canada is a marketer of this course only.  Certification and training is managed by our licensed and insured partner.

Use of Force and Handcuffing – Course Outline

  • USE OF FORCE ONLINE COURSE INTRODUCTION
    •  Lecture1.1Introduction to Use of Force 
  • CRIMINAL CODE USE OF FORCE SECTIONS
    •  Lecture2.1Criminal Code Use of Force Sections 
    •  Lecture2.2Mall Security Legal Issues 
    •  Lecture2.3Criminal Code Arrest By Security Guards 
  • INTRODUCTION TO USE OF FORCE ACADEMICS
    •  Lecture3.1Introduction to Use of Force Related Academics 
  • USE OF FORCE AND INCIDENT ARTICULATION
    •  Lecture4.1Use of Force and Incident Articulation 
  • INTRODUCTION TO PASSIVE HANDCUFFING
    •  Lecture5.1Introduction To Passive Handcuffing 
  • ACTIVE / NON-COMPLIANT HANDCUFFING
    •  Lecture6.1Active / Non-Compliant Handcuffing 
  • INTRODUCTION TO PASSIVE SEARCH
    •  Lecture7.1Introduction To Passive Search 
  • USE OF FORCE FINAL EXAM
    •  Lecture8.1Final Exam 
    •  Lecture8.2Recap Quiz 

Online Use of Force and Handcuffing FAQ

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This Retail Loss Prevention Course was developed by a Security Training Subject Matter Expert in consultation with industry and legal experts.

This course is designed for loss prevention officers and security guards to ensure their clients such as retail companies and their employees reduce retail theft and shoplifting while improving workplace safety.

The course contains instructional videos, downloadable materials in pdf format, instructional powerpoints/digital documents and available live, one on one, instructor support.

A Certificate of Completion, suitable for framing, is awarded when the online final exam is passed.

Your login information will be emailed to you shortly after purchase.

This course will prepare you for an exciting and well-paid career in the Loss Prevention industry. This is more than a general “security guard” or “private investigator” course. This is specialty training for a specialty job within the security industry.

Current government mandated training and licensing systems do not prepare you for this role. The job market for Loss Prevention Officers is thriving in today’s economy. This course puts you on the fast-track to obtaining the basic skills and training needed to jump start your career as a Loss Prevention professional.

Course Topics

Course lessons focus on key areas including:

How serious a problem is retail theft today and what is the impact on business?

  • Current issues in Loss Prevention: The impact of Covid19 on retail – increased thefts, slow or no police responses.
  • The reality of today’s court system and successful prosecutions.

The role of security as Loss Prevention Officers

  • Uniformed or plain clothes? Prevention and deterrence vs apprehension.
  • The “hands off/no touch” approach to confronting thieves: Loss Prevention Officers vs lawyers’ perspectives. Do they work?
  • Pro-active or Reactive Responses: Why they work or don’t work.

The Canadian Legal System

  • Arrest without warrant by Security: What is found committing?
  • What is “escaping from lawful custody?”
  • Steps to a lawful arrest. Detention vs Arrest.
  • Notifying police: when and how soon must this be done?
  • Handcuffing and Search legalities: Confinement and post arrest prisoner care and dealing with requests for washroom breaks, phone calls to lawyers etc.
  • Criminal Offenses in Loss Prevention: Theft, Fraud, Robbery, Break and Enter explained.
  • Charter or Rights and Loss Prevention Arrests. Search and Seizure of recovered items. Continuity of Evidence and the Rule of law in the Canada Evidence Act.
  • Ensuring successful prosecutions: Who decides on how to deal with a charge if there is an actual complainant who “wants to press charges?”
  • Options for police and their processes.
  • Options for prosecutors – first offenders vs repeat offenders.
  • Releasing thieves without charges after arrest/detention: Can this be done legally? Do the police have to be present?
  • Trespass to Property notices: how and when to serve them relative to a shoplifting incident.

Use of Force, arrest and confinement

  • Responsibilities and accountabilities of Loss Prevention Officers.
  • Sample policy review for Use of Force, Arrest and Confinement.

CCTV cameras

  • When and how to use them: “Real time” recording and the role of a “dispatcher/CCTV camera monitor” as a team member. The role of the “floorwalker.”
  • Data storage of electronic evidence: rules of law in the Evidence Act. Articles by Elliott Goldstein J.D. and Subject Matter Expert on Video Evidence in Canada.

Note taking and Report Writing

  • Paper vs electronic recordings.
  • Statements: How to obtain them, use them legally and how to provide police with statements for case preparation.
  • Case studies related to Loss Prevention Officer note taking and report writing.

Apprehension techniques and Officer Safety

  • When and how to arrest safely. What does “on, or, in relation to property” mean in Loss Prevention?
  • Why a physical confrontation is not worth the risk sometimes.
  • Alternatives to physical arrests.
  • Civil litigation and Loss Prevention Officer arrests.

Dealing with the current reality of police responses

  • Slow or no response. The legalities of persons in custody for unreasonable lengths of time. (Eaton’s vs Chopra/Chen case background – case studies)
  • Shoplifter protocols in some policing jurisdictions. What are they and how do they work?
  • Turning over to the police: What does this mean today? What if police are not available to attend or the arrest is done in a remote area?

Scenarios and Case Law

  • Videos and techniques for arrest for Loss Prevention Officers: do’s and don’ts. Lessons learned the hard way.

Also included are Loss Prevention Training Resources and Quick Reference Guides.

It is recommended that students spend 25 hours on the course. Each module has a recommended study time. Each module quiz and the final exam require a 100% to pass. Students will be redirected to incorrect answers so that the material can be reviewed.

*Disclaimer: Security Guard Training Canada is a marketer of this course only.  Certification and training is managed by our licensed and insured partner.

This online training course was designed to improve the quality of interactions between police officers and those who have, or may have, mental health concerns.  Security Guards will benefit from completing this training as they are constantly engaged with the public.  By improving your communication skills you can improve safety for all participants which lead to better outcomes.

You will be emailed your Certificate upon completion.

Course Outline

  • 4 modules based on mental health scenarios.
  • Course completed in 1.5 hours.
  • You will be emailed a Certificate upon completion.
  • Consultations with an international advisory board including police, researchers, mental health professionals, adult educators and individuals with lived experiences have aided in the development of scenarios and e-learning topics learners will view as relevant to their daily work.
  • Immersive and interactive e-learning with embedded first person video.
  • Scenario based training with learner interaction through decision points.
  • Gamification experience including integration of a narrative context, feedback, and three-dimensional environments.
  • Immediate application of skills learned in e-learning portion during closing video.
  • Appropriate for all members of organization.
  • Evaluation component provided for all organizations.
  • Focus on improving behavioural skills.

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Danatec’s award-winning, industry recognized WHMIS online training course is for initial or re-certification training. This course meets all of Health Canada’s training requirements under the Hazardous Products Regulations, for all persons involved in handling workplace chemicals.

Danatec’s WHMIS online course (formerly known as WHMIS 2015) centres around 5 WHMIS stories, which bring in real life events, told by real people in real workplaces. The video, animations, engaging games and skill building exercises will make for an engaging interactive learning experience. Our course centres on elements that ensure the information is understood, retained and easily resourced.

A final exam to complete the course and a printable certificate along with a shareable Digital Badge is issued upon completion. Free printable resources are included such as our WHMIS sample label, poster, sample SDS, glossary and a workplace exercise sheet for additional training.

Course Features:

  • Industry recognized, printable WHMIS certificate
  • Live support Monday-Friday, 7am to 5pm MST
  • Interesting and engaging learning content created by industry experts
  • Same day certification, begin your training in minutes
  • Stop and go at your convenience
  • Printable resources for easy reference and use
  • Mobile/Tablet compatible
  • Easily accessible – stored record of training that can be shared if needed for auditing purposes or proof of certification
  • Shareable Digital Badge

Have a WHMIS question? Speak to one of our safety experts free of charge, call us toll free at 1-800-465-3366

Course Outline

  • What is WHMIS?
  • WHMIS Hazards Groups
  • WHMIS SDS
  • WHMIS Symbols & Labels
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • What to do if something goes wrong? Emergency actions
  • Special situations

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Danatec’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Awareness course trains employees to meet legislative requirements for new staff orientation or refresher training. This course is excellent for toolbox and safety meetings, to reinforce the importance of proper selection, use, and maintenance of PPE.

Security Guards are tasked more and more with enforcing PPE compliance as well as understanding their own safety awareness.

If an organization’s hazard assessment process indicates the need for personal protective equipment, an employer must ensure that:

  • (a) workers wear personal protective equipment that is correct for the hazard and protects workers,
  • (b) workers properly use and wear the personal protective equipment,
  • (c) the personal protective equipment is in a condition to perform the function for which it was designed,
  • (d) workers are trained in the correct use, care, limitations and assigned maintenance of the personal protective equipment.

Enhance your onsite practical training with our PPE Awareness course to help you meet the requirements of the legislation – as well as give you peace of mind that they have been given adequate information on the safe use, selection and maintenance of their PPE.

Course content includes animated scenarios, expert character guideposts, interactive learning exercises, competency quiz questions, a full glossary and toolbox of regulations, codes, guides, downloadable sample documents and also a defensible final exam.

Upon successful completion students will be issued a training certificate valid for three (3) years.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to PPE
  • Types of PPE
  • PPE Procedures

Alberta In-Person Security Guard Courses

Please note that this is an IN-PERSON handcuffing
training course offered in Edmonton.

The Defensive Tactics (formerly known as Pressure Point Control Tactics, or PPCT) course teaches the physical mechanics of Use of Force and arrest and control and is required by most employers before staff is permitted to handle handcuffs. This international program is the industry standard on this content. 

This course has been designed to provide you with a solid foundation of understanding the dynamics of protection while working in a uniformed function.  It focuses on your ability to identify threat indicators leading up to an incident, proper positioning for safety, match appropriate uses of force to situations, and understand the legal responsibility you have in these situations. 

Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing 

Handcuffing training for security guards in Alberta Canada

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

Duration: 16 hour course over two days, Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $189 + GST

Recertification is required annually.

The course covers portions of the PPCT Defensive Tactics Course Program including:

  • Use of Force Human Factors
  • Control Principles
  • Tactical Handcuffing
  • Escort Position and Joint Lock Control
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics
  • Defensive Counterstrikes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be competent in all physical training techniques and have a working knowledge of use of force, the impacts of stress on the body and mind-set required to be successful working in protective services. The certificate issued for successfully attending this course is valid for a one year period from the last day of the course.

Requirements: A current Peace Officer Appointment, Military, Security License OR employed with AGLC qualified (ie. Casino/Bar) required and must be shown to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Handcuffing training for security guards in Alberta Canada

RE-CERTIFICATION ONLY

Duration: 8 hour course over 1 day, Sunday

Cost: $98 + GST

Recertification is required annually.

​We have developed this program to award those that have chosen us as their PPCT Provider. The day includes a lecture and physical review uses of force. You will be expected to review your manual prior to the course to prepare for the written exam. 

Requirements: You will need to supply the instructor with proof of your current PPCT Certification from Tip of Spear at the beginning of class. Exceptions on previous trainers will be considered on a case by case basis. Please email us to ask about your previous training and provider to see if it qualifies.

*Disclaimer: Security Guard Training Canada is a marketer of this course only.

Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing & Baton

Please note that this is an IN-PERSON baton &
handcuffing training course offered in Edmonton.

To carry a baton, it is a requirement from the Alberta Solicitor General to take the full 40 hour program, have approval from your employer, and have the additional qualification on your Security Services license. You must apply for this by providing your training certificate with your application.

baton training for security guards in Alberta Canada

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

Duration: 40 hour course over 5 days, Saturday to Wednesday

Cost: $389 + GST

Recertification for the program is 1 year. Recertification for licensing with the government is 3 years.

​This course covers:

  • Use of Force Human Factors
  • Control Principles
  • Tactical Handcuffing
  • Escort Position and Joint Lock Control
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics
  • Defensive Counters trikes
  • Shoulder Pin Restraint System
  • Impact Weapon / Collapsible Baton System
  • Weapon Retention and Disarming

Upon completion of this program, the student should be competent in all physical training techniques and have a working knowledge of use of force, the impacts of stress on the body and mind-set required to be successful working in protective services. The certificate issued for successfully attending this course is valid for a one year period from the last day of the course.

Requirements: A current Peace Officer Appointment, Military, Security License OR employed with AGLC qualified (ie. Casino/Bar) required and must be shown to the instructor at the beginning of class.

baton training for security guards in Alberta Canada
Night time simulation training

RE-CERTIFICATION ONLY

Duration: 24 hour course over 3 days, Monday to Wednesday

Cost: $198 + GST

Recertification for the program is 1 year. Recertification for licensing with the government is 3 years.

​This recertification allows students the opportunity to review their PPCT Course Studies. Arrest and control skills are like any other perishable skill. They must be kept in the short term memory to be effective. We work through the program reviewing and polishing skills to ensure that you are confident again on their application. Many agencies do not offer the opportunity to refresh yourself on these skills. We recognize this and wants you to have the ability to stay current with your certification. 

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Please note that this is an IN-PERSON tactical
first aid training course offered in Edmonton.

First aid training for securityguards in Alberta Canada

Imagine: what if you, your partner or the person in your duty of care has a gunshot or stab wound? What if they were overdosing on opioids? Would you be able to recognize what was going on? Would you know what to do until medical professionals arrive? Enforcement or security professionals are often grossly under prepared to handle these situations. Knowing a few critical skills could give the victim several extra minutes, and even save their life.

Massive bleeds and opioid overdoses are the two most likely and most deadly medical circumstances that a security or enforcement professional will encounter on the job.

This is particularly the case if the staff member works alone, in high-risk areas, or in a hospital or medical environment. Stabbings happen daily in our cities and are increasing in frequency. There is also an opioid crisis in Canada and everyone is affected – not just those on the street (learn more here​).

Tactical First Aid is a certificate course taught by the Canadian College of Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) in partnership with Tip of Spear. This one-day program includes two half-day (3.5 hour) courses: Stop the Bleed and Narcan Administration. 

This program covers two main areas of both didactic and practical content. It is intended to increase awareness, prevention, mitigation, and primary first aid care when it may occur. It is not intended to replace professional medical care. 

The course includes student manuals, and a no-fail knowledge check.

Course Contents

Stop the Bleed Program

This course was created by the US Government and US Military as a way of reducing mortality and morbidity from severe blood loss (exsanguination) from civilian acts of terror such as active shooter events. It is administered by the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT).

This course focuses on self-care and buddy-care techniques to control severe bleeding such as direct  pressure, hemostatic (clotting) agents, and the use of tourniquets such as the widely available CAT device sold Canada-wide (under license with CTOMS based in Edmonton). We at CCEMS are authorized to teach this program with the ACS-COT, and provide course certificates from the ACS-COT. 


Narcan Administration Provider – Opioid Recognition and Response

CCEMS created this course specifically for the City of Edmonton to provide awareness, risk mitigation in the light of opioids, and the necessary steps to self-care and buddy-care when confronted with, and potentially exposed to opioids (primarily synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl, which is currently responsible for 94% of opioid death in Alberta).

The course focuses on creating awareness of the risks of opioid exposure in arrests, and in the resuscitation of overdose victims. PPE is discussed in detail. Use of nasal Narcan is the primary focus when it comes to resuscitation, in combination with the recovery position, use of bag-valve-mask devices, and CPR. CCEMS will issue a certificate for successful completion of this course.

​In the Spring of 2020 the president of CCEMS authored and released a book to support this training. The Rapid Response Guide to Opioid Emergencies was published with Edmonton-based Brush Education, and is printed and distributed by the Toronto University Press. It is available for bookstores such as Audreys, Indigo, and Amazon in print and Kindle formats.

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