Alberta Security Guard Training Course (ABST)

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We offer a high-quality government-approved Alberta Security Guard Training (ABST – Alberta Basic Security Training) that adheres to the highest standards in the security industry.

Read our Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Security Guard In Alberta

How Do You Get Your Alberta Security Licence?

Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4
Check to make sure you meet the basic requirements for the licenceComplete your Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) coursePass your proctored government examApply for your Security Services licence

Alberta Security Guard Licensing Requirements

  • be over 18 years old
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be fluent in English
  • submit a criminal record check with your application
  • have no outstanding criminal charges
  • not be the subject of a criminal investigation
  • completed the Alberta Basic Security Training course (ABST)
  • successfully passed the Alberta Basic Security Training Course (ABST) exam

All security professionals must meet a specific English fluency standard. This is a level 5 benchmark according to the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks.

This Alberta basic security training online consists of seven (7) modules. 

Students must complete all modules, logging a minimum total of 40 hours and then write the online Provincial exam under the supervision of a proctor with 80% or above to receive provincial certification and apply for a Security Guard License in Alberta.

Once you have logged your required 40 hrs you will be emailed your Training Certificate and instructions to book your Online Exam

The online exam is paid separately to the exam provider and costs $60.

Security service worker licences are issued under the Security Services and Investigators Act by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.

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After You Have Completed Your Course And Passed The Exam

The security service worker's licensing fee is $100.  Your licence is valid for 2 years.   This is paid directly to the government with your application.

The renewal process is the same as the initial application process.

Alberta Basic Security Guard Training 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 Guard Training Course is a 40-hour security guard training online course designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work as a security professional. It fully prepares you to write (and successfully pass) the Alberta security guard license exam required by the Province of Alberta.

IntroductionWelcome And Login Instructions
Module 1Introduction To The Security Industry
Module 2The Canadian Legal System
Module 3Basic Security Procedures
Module 4Communication
Module 5Documentation and Evidence
Module 6Emergency Response Procedures
Module 7Health and Safety
Next StepsExam Registration And Next Steps

What's included with your course tuition

Experienced instruction.

Access to online practice exams to ensure you're ready for your Alberta security license online test (government exam).

Guidance on the next steps and how to complete the security guard licence application.

Registry Offices – Same-Day Licensing

Alberta Registry offices allow you to take your completed license application forms (with all the associated paperwork) directly to them. They will give you a temporary license valid for 60 days. A $9 cost for processing fee applies.

You will then be licensed and able to work immediately.

The permanent license will be issued and sent via Canada Post.

To get a temporary licence through a registry you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have a clear criminal record and vulnerable sector search (police information check or background check)
  • provide your completed application or renewal forms
  • provide all required documents
  • licence renewal requests are only accepted 60 days or less before the licence expiry date


Beiseker Registries


314A 6 Street
Beiseker, AlbertaT0M 0G0


Phone: 403-947-3727
Fax: 403-947-3747

Northeast Registries Sunridge


2766 32 Street NE
Calgary, AlbertaT1Y 6J7


Phone: 403-291-9696
Fax: 403-291-6811

Northeast Registries Taradale


5120 – 5850 88 Avenue NE
Calgary, AlbertaT3J 0Z7


Phone: 403-508-1105
Fax: 403-508-1108

Registry at South Trail Crossing


66, 4307 130 Avenue SW
Calgary, AlbertaT2Z 3V8


Phone: 403-246-4646
Fax: 403-257-1830

Registry Express Inc.


1841, 1632 14 Avenue NW
Calgary, AlbertaT2N 1M7


Phone: 403-282-3820
Fax: 403-282-1223

Shawnessy Licence & Registry Ltd.


124, 250 Shawville Boulevard SE
Calgary, AlbertaT2Y 2Z7


Phone: 403-254-4222
Fax: 403-254-8596

Chestermere Lake Registry Services Inc.


402, 100 Marina Drive
Chestermere, AlbertaT1X 0A9


Phone: 403-207-5510
Fax: 403-207-5570

Fort McMurray Vehicle Licensing & Registry


300, 10003 Biggs Avenue
Fort McMurray, AlbertaT9H 1S4


Phone: 780-790-0162
Fax: 780-790-1809

Astro Registry Services


100, 542 7 Street S
Lethbridge, AlbertaT1J 2H1


Phone: 403-320-6700
Fax: 403-320-1962

Toll free: 1-800-465-5242

The Licence Bureau on Kingsway


672 Kingsway Avenue SE
Medicine Hat, AlbertaT1A 2X1


Phone: 403-527-2922
Fax: 403-527-2959

One Stop Licence Shop Ltd.


7, 5105 76A Street Close
Red Deer, AlbertaT4P 3M2


Phone: 403-341-7867
Fax: 403-348-5212

One Stop Licence Shop Ltd.


B 3440 50 Avenue
Red Deer, AlbertaT4N 3Y4


Phone: 403-348-5200

Registry on Wye Ltd.


440-450 Ordze Road
Sherwood Park, AlbertaT8B 0C5


Phone: 780-417-7300
Fax: 780-417-7309

Additional Training For Security Professionals

Get a competitive edge in your job search by adding the following courses to your resume:

Private Investigator Training Course: offered independently from the Alberta Security Guard Training Course.

Becoming a private investigator isn't in your plans right now? (No problem but the private investigator training teaches legal and practical information that will make you a more in-demand security professional.)

Use of Force Coursethis course will prepare you for how to defend yourself if necessary, and the proper time and place to use force. It will provide training on how and when to use force and the legal limitations when confronting an individual.

Pair a Use of Force Certification with your Alberta Security Guard License and get a competitive advantage by showing potential employers you take your training seriously and will treat your job duties the same way.

Alberta Basic Security Guard Training FAQ

How do I get a security guard license in Alberta?

To be eligible to obtain a security guard license in Alberta you must meet the following criteria:

1 – be over 18 years old.
2 – be eligible to work in Canada.
3 – be fluent in English.
4 – have no criminal record.
5 – have no outstanding criminal charges.
6 – not be the subject of a criminal investigation.
7 – successfully completed all training and pass provincial exam

How long is the Alberta security course?

The Alberta Security Guard Training Course is 40 hours in length.

How long does a security license take in Alberta?

After you have correctly submitted your paperwork it can take up to 3-4 weeks to receive your temporary license in your email (which allows you to work) while the permanent license card can take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive via Canada Post.

How many questions are on the Alberta Provincial Exam?

There are approximately 50 questions on the provincial exam for the Alberta security guard license. You must obtain a minimum mark of 80% to pass the exam. You have one hour to complete the exam.

How do I book a security exam in Alberta?

Once you have completed the 40 hours of study you then need to contact your training provider to obtain a Certificate of Completion and instructions on how to book the exam.

Can I use an Ontario security license in Alberta?

No. It is illegal to work in Alberta without a valid license issued by the Alberta government.

The Alberta government does recognize Ontario training as equivalent to the mandatory Alberta training so you can exchange your Ontario license for an Alberta one.

Can security guards use force in Alberta?

Yes, but the force must be reasonable and proportional to the threat.

Can you take the Alberta Provincial exam at home?

Yes. With the online option for the exam, you can take the exam from any location.

How do I get my Alberta security license in Calgary?

You must meet the following criteria:

1 – be over 18 years old.
2 – be eligible to work in Canada.
3 – be fluent in English.
4 – have no criminal record.
5 – have no outstanding criminal charges.
6 – not be the subject of a criminal investigation.
7 – successfully completed all training and testing

The course can be taken online and is available to you 24/7 so you can fit it into your busy schedule.

How to convert the Ontario security license to an Alberta license?

When you submit your application to the Alberta government for your Alberta security guard license you need to attach the following to the application:

1 – Training certificate from approved ON training program
2 – Proof of grades from the Ontario provincial exam (if this is not available they will accept a copy – front and back – of a current ON licence)

Last Updated on Jan 29, 2024

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