Alberta Security Guard Training and Licencing Requirements

alberta security guard trainingPost Updated: July 2019

Introduction

As in other areas of the country, the demand for trained security officers is on the rise.

To help you navigate thru the requirements for this highly sought after occupation we’ve created this comprehensive guide on Alberta security guard training.

The Security Programs department is part of the Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch of the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General. The Branch administers the Security Services and Investigators Act, Peace Officer Act, Body Armour Control Act, First Nations Policing and Law Enforcement Professional Standards for the Province of Alberta.

Under the Security Services and Investigators Act the Security Programs department is responsible for oversight, licensing and compliance for the security, investigator and locksmith services industries in Alberta.

Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General defines security personel as “any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to:

  • Monitor, patrol, guard or provide security for another person or the property or premises of another person or organization
  • Investigate loss of or damage to property or premises of another person or organization
  • Conduct searches of persons, personal property or premises for the purpose of protection
    or loss prevention
  • Detain, control, discipline or warn anyone while accessing or on another persons property or premises
  • Security Guards can also respond and monitor alarms installed on the property of another person.”

Under the Security Services and Investigators Act, individuals working in the security, investigation and locksmith services industry must be licensed. Working without a licence is an offense under the Act and may result in fines or court appearances.

Applicants for individual licences must meet basic licensing requirements and training qualifications before applying to receive a licence. Individual licences are issued for 2 year terms and are subject to the terms and conditions of the Act, Regulations and Policy. Applicants should familiarize themselves with these documents and their rights and responsibilities under the legislation.

Individual licences are portable, meaning the licence remains with the individual when they change jobs and enables the individual licensee to work for more than one company if they choose to do so. Individual licensees, not their employers, are responsible for applying for, renewing and maintaining their licences.

Alberta Security Guard Licensing Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Competent and of good character
  • No serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • No outstanding criminal charges
  • Not the subject of a criminal investigation
  • Fluent in speaking English.
  • The standard for fluency is the ability to communicate effectively with the public and members of the emergency response system during emergency situations.
  • Successful completion of training requirements (see Training below for more information) for the class(es) of licence being sought
  • Successful completion of baton training if seeking authority to carry a baton
  • In addition to providing proof of qualifications, applicants will be required to swear an affidavit on the application form attesting to their qualifications. Swearing a false affidavit will result in suspension or cancellation of a licence.

Every applicant must undergo a police information and criminal record check at the time of application and every 2 years at the time of licence renewal. Checks are performed by the police services in the community where an applicant resides. Contact the police service for hours of operation and fees.

Applicants should report to the police service closest to where they reside, bring 2 pieces of government issued ID (at least one must be photo ID) and a colour passport-size photo (no more than 3 months old). Request an Employment Police Information Check and provide the photo for signature of a police service representative. Individuals with police information check findings will be required to undergo further checks by the police service.

Ensure all forms are complete and supporting documents, photo and payment are attached when submitting an application. Incomplete applications will be returned, resulting in a delay in processing the application.

Fees

Individual licences are issued for a 2 year term. The cost is $100 per term.

Alberta Basic Security Guard Training Course (ABST)

Effective June 1, 2011, all applicants for a security workers licence in Alberta must successfully complete a mandatory training course or provide proof of equivalent training in order to qualify for a licence.  Existing licensees and individuals renewing a licence are not required to complete mandatory training at this time. See the SSIA Approved Training Course Provider List below to find a course that is convenient for you.

ABST Course Outline:

classroom security guard training in AlbertaIntroduction to the Security Industry

  • Describe the various roles and responsibilities of security professionals
  • Define and demonstrate professional conduct for security professionals
  • Define and demonstrate professional appearance and deportment for security professionals

Canadian Legal System

  • Describe how the Criminal Code of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms relate to the work of a security professional
  • Identify the legal authorities, rights, and limitations of an on-duty security professional
  • Discuss and provide examples of a citizen's power of arrest under the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Discuss and provide examples of provisions for search and seizure in the performance of duties
  • Discuss and provide examples of legal powers of security professionals in situations involving landlords and tenants
  • Discuss and provide examples of legal powers of security professionals in situations of trespassing or vandalism
  • Identify the types of offences in the Criminal Code of Canada and provide examples of each
  • Discuss and provide examples of legal powers of security professionals in use of force

Basic Security Patrol Procedures

  • Explain and demonstrate the observation skills utilized by a security professional
  • Explain and demonstrate the various techniques used to:
    • Patrol
    • Control access
    • Conduct surveillance
    • Respond to alarms
    • Control crowds
    • Manage labour disputes
    • Respond to emergency scenes
  • Describe the signs and behaviours associated with substance abuse
  • Identify drug paraphernalia
  • Describe the signs and behaviours associated with excited delirium
  • Explain and demonstrate the various techniques used to control traffic in emergency and nonemergency situations
  • Describe shift-related responsibilities, such as:
    • Interpreting shift posting orders
    • Starting a new shift
    • Transferring responsibility at the end of a shift
  • Explain best practices when working with a partner
  • Explain and provide examples of an appropriate use of force response for a security professional

Communication

  • Describe effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies for security professionals
  • Identify and demonstrate methods of communication which are free from bias, discrimination, and harassment
  • Identify strategies for effective verbal and non-verbal communication in situations where communication barriers exist
  • Explain and demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communication skills when interacting with individuals who show signs of being uncooperative, violent, and impaired
  • Identify and develop strategies to control your personal triggers in situations of conflict or anxiety
  • Conduct an effective interview

Documentation and Evidence

  • Describe the importance and legal implications of maintaining an accurate and complete notebook
  • Describe how to effectively take detailed notes during your shift
  • Describe the importance and legal implications of maintaining an accurate and complete notebook
  • Describe the correct use of a notebook
  • Maintain an accurate and complete notebook
  • Obtain and record an accurate and complete statement
  • Prepare an accurate and complete statement
  • Describe the elements of an accurate and complete report
  • Prepare an accurate and complete report
  • Preserve and protect evidence and a potential crime scene
  • Prepare for the process of giving testimony in court

Emergency Response Procedures

  • Recall the different levels and types of access control
  • Explain the importance of access control
  • Identify emergency alarm calls and required follow-up response
  • Identify required assistance upon responding to an emergency
  • Identify required assistance upon responding to a fire emergency
  • Describe precautions for maintaining the safety of self and others at the scene of a fire
  • Identify required assistance upon responding to a fire emergency
  • Describe precautions for maintaining the safety of self and others at the scene of a fire
  • Describe precautions for maintaining the safety of self and others at the scene of a bomb threat

Health and Safety

  • Describe best practices for personal safety while on duty in the areas of communication, duties, and emergency response
  • Identify potential hazards at security sites and venues
  • Recall the basic principles of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Discuss strategies for dealing with the effects of shift work on health, personal fitness, sleep, and social life

ABST Approved Training Course Provider

A list of all of the currently approved training course providers please click here.

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