BC Security Guard Course (BST)

Need your BC Security Guard License? Security Guard Training Canada is pleased to present this online government-approved BC Security Guard course.

BC Security Guard Course Syllabus

The training syllabus for this BC security guard course (either online or in a classroom) is set by the British Columbia Ministry of Justice.

It is a 40-hour Basic Security Training (BST) and prepares you to write (and successfully pass with a score of more than 60%) the security guard exam required by the Province of British Columbia.

Once you have passed this exam, you can participate in the high-demand career of security.

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

IntroductionWelcome And Login Instructions
Module 1Introduction to the Course
Module 2Introduction to Private Security
Module 3Legal Issues
Module 4Documentation
Module 5Personal Safety
Next StepsExam Registration And Next Steps

Eligibility Requirements

To apply and obtain your BC Security Guard license you must meet the following requirements:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • A Canadian resident
  • Fluent in English
  • Successful completion of the BST course

Test Locations

Regularly scheduled in-person exams are held in the Lower Mainland at the JIBC New Westminster Campus. 

Online exams are also available.

Out-of-town students will have an exam set up in a location near them but may have to wait up to three weeks. 

Your online administrator will contact you by email to confirm exam details once you have submitted your request for a final exam.

Frequently Asked Questions About The BC Security Guard Course and BC Security Guard Licensing

Who Should Take This Program?

People who are new to the security profession are required to take the Basic Security Training to be eligible to apply for a provincial Security Worker License. 

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Security businesses and security workers that require licensing include:

  • Uniformed security guards
  • Security alarm services, sales, monitoring and/or response
  • Armoured car businesses
  • Security consultants
  • Locksmiths
  • Door staff
  • Bodyguards – close protection
  • Retail loss prevention
  • Closed circuit television installer
  • Electronic locking device installer (Access Control)
  • In-house security
  • Private investigator
  • Doorperson at licensed liquor establishments

Individuals with prior training and experience can apply for an exemption from training, or an exemption from training and examination if they meet specific exemption criteria and are within applicable timelines. Exemptions are processed through the Registrar, Security Services Act and can be contacted at 1.855.587.0185.

What Will You Learn?

The BC security guard course focuses on providing a foundation in:
– Professionalism and ethics
– Legal studies
– Report writing
– Personal safety

Students who successfully complete the online course and final exam are eligible to apply for the BC Security Worker License.

Program Details

The BC security guard course is available through JIBC as a self-paced online course.

It consists of two components: an online course (SCRT-1650) and a final exam/assessment (SCRT-1655).

Each offering of online courses has a definite start and end date.

Students have three months to complete the 40-hour course. Extensions will not be granted.

The BC security guard course is also offered face-to-face through one of JIBC’s Approved Security Training Schools, which are required to follow the training standards for the security industry as outlined in the BC Security Services Act.

A list of Approved Security Training Schools is available under the How to Apply section of this page.

How To Apply?

Students looking to complete JIBC's Basic Security Training Online Course can register online

Students can also choose to complete their Basic Security Training at any of the following Approved Security Training Schools:

Abbotsford
Advanced Learning Centre 604.543.7300
Canadian Community College  604.557.9944
Falcon Training Institute Inc. 778.757.1425
Learn ‘N' Grow Academy 604.300.5988
Primetuitive 604.345.8900
Samrat Security Training School 236.332.9500

Burnaby
Armour Security Training Centre Ltd. 604.282.1292
International Career Training Institute of Canada, Inc.  604.861.8919
Paladin Security Group 604.677.8700 

Chilliwack
Allegiance 1 Security Training Academy 604.701.1692
Griffin Investigation & Security Services Ltd 604.703.0888

Campbell River
Discovery Community College  250.287.9850
Domcor Health, Safety & Security Ltd  250.286.3163

Chetwynd
Northern Lights College 250.782.5257

Courtenay
Excel Career College  250.334.2452

Dawson Creek
Northern Lights College  250.782.5251

Fort Nelson
Northern Lights College 250.782.5257

Fort St. John
Northern Lights College 250.782.5257

Kamloops
Simpcw Resources 250.434.2356

Kelowna 
BC Corps of Commissionaires 250.979.4773
Canadian Safety and Medic Training 250.861.4357
Frank McConnell School of Karate  250.707.3034
Paladin Security Group 604.677.8700
Securiguard Advanced Training  250.763.7339  

Kitimaat
Kitamaat Valley Education Society  250.639.9199

Nanaimo
Footprints Security Training Institute  250.753.6944
Discovery College 250.740.0115
Securiguard  250.756.4452

Northern BC & Indigenous Communities
True North Community Safety Consulting 778.636.6342

New Westminster
Justice & Public Safety Division, Justice Institute of BC  604.528.5590 [ BST Online ] 
Sting Executive Group International (SEGI)  1.888.713.2673
Parksville
Security Protection Services 250.616.8536

Prince George
Northern BC Guard Academy  250.596.5545

Prince Rupert
Employment Education Development Centre 250.624.2422
Hecate Strait Employment Development Society  250.624.9498

Surrey
1 Alpha Learning Centre Ltd. 604.220.2461
Advanced Learning Centre Ltd.  604.543.7300
BC Corps of Commissionaires 604.495.8201
BCTI Brar Career Training Institute Inc  604.502.7520
Canuck School of Education Ltd.  604.598.2424
CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care  604.585.8585
Discovery Community College 604.930.9908  
Lead Institute of Learning  604.594.7600  
London Security Training Institute of BC 604.697.8700
Mainland Safety Training Company 604.617.0211
RupIELTS Institute 604.825.8882
Study Hub Academy Ltd. 604.807.0203
Super Study Centre 604.503.6610

Trail
Domcor Health, Safety & Security Ltd  250.286.3163

Vancouver
Genesis Security Inc.  604.669.0822
London Security Training Institute Ltd.  604.697.0008
Mahadev Security Training Institute  604.568.5250 
Securiguard Advanced Training  604.685.6011

Victoria
Elite Security & First Aid Services 250.217.3355
Securiguard Advanced Training  250.388.3118
Paladin Security Group 604.677.8700 

How Do I Become A Security Professional In BC?

All persons wishing to work as security guards in British Columbia must successfully complete their BST certification. 

Upon successful completion of your BST, you must then apply for your Security Worker license through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division, in order to be eligible to work.

Where Can I Take The Basic Security Training (BST)?

JIBC offers BST training as an online course – SCRT-1650 (theory) and SCRT-1655 (assessment). 

You may also take the course face-to-face through any of the JIBC-approved Security Training Schools.

What Is The Age Requirement To Take The BST Course?

You can complete your BST certification before the age of 19, however, you must be 19 years of age in order to apply for your Security Worker license, which is required to work in the field.

What Are The Pre-Requisites For The BST Course?

Students must have a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. This is a requirement for licensing.

What Background Security Checks Are Required To Take The Course?

Security checks are not required to complete your BST certification.

However, a criminal record check is required for Security Worker licensing as part of the application process.

For further information in regards to requirements for licensing, please contact the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division.

Last Updated on Jan 5, 2024

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