Security Pro: Ontario Bouncer Course

Are you looking to work in the exciting world of bar or nightclub security? Or maybe you're a manager or owner of licensed premises? If so, then you need to check out this Ontario bouncer (doorman) course – it's an absolute must!

Ontario Bouncer Course (Doorman)

This Ontario Bouncer training program will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a bar security professional. Whether you're new to the industry or looking to upgrade your existing skills, this course has got you covered.

Course Access Time

You will have full access to this course for 6 weeks from the date of registration.
A 1-time free extension of 3 weeks is available (if needed).
An additional extension of 2 weeks is available at $75.

If you're working in licensed premises, it's essential that you understand the ins and outs of the industry. That means getting up to speed on key legislation like the L.L.C.A. (Liquor License and Control Act, 2019), T.P.A. (Trespass to Property Act, R.S.O. 1990), and P.S.I.S.A. (Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005).

But don't worry, this course has got you covered! This comprehensive training course will give you all the information you need to navigate these laws with confidence. The course also covers the use of force, as outlined within the LLCA, Criminal Code and TPA, so you can handle difficult situations with ease.

This course is designed to bridge the gap between the Ontario security guard syllabus and Smartserve, giving you a well-rounded understanding of the industry.

For business owners – by educating and training your team, you can reduce your personal and business liability while increasing the safety of your staff and customers.

Ontario Security Guard License Requirements

All persons working as doormen or bouncers MUST hold a valid Ontario security guard license.

  • be over 18 years old
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be fluent in English
  • possess a clean criminal record, according to the Clean Criminal Record regulation (note: not all criminal charges or convictions will prevent a person from obtaining a security guard licence – see below for more information on the Clean Criminal Record regulation)
  • have no outstanding criminal charges
  • not be the subject of a criminal investigation

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

This online security guard training course consists of eleven (11) modules.  Students must complete all modules, taking a minimum total of 40 hrs and then write the online Provincial exam under the supervision of a proctor with 62% or above to receive provincial certification and apply for a Security Guard License in Ontario.

Once you have done 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.

Ontario Bouncer (Doorman) Course Syllabus

This is a 100% online course that will take you approximately 20 hours to complete.

A printable completion certificate is available at the end of the course suitable for framing once you have successfully completed the course and have submitted all of your assignments and the online quizzes.

IntroductionWelcome And Login Instructions
Module 1Roles and Responsibilities of bar security
Module 2Criminal Law and licensed premises
Module 3introduction to the Trespass to property act of Ontario
Module 4Liquor License and control act 2019 – Introduction and revisions since 1990
Module 5arrest for intoxication, ejection by force, how to safely cut off service and risk management
Module 6Tactical security operations of a safe bar
Module 7Liquor liability cases
Module 8Course completion and receive a certificate suitable for framing

Additional Training

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

Private Investigator Training Course: offered independently or paired with the Ontario Security Guard Course. Why not take both and get a Dual License for even more job opportunities in the security field (and save some money at the same time)?

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 Ontario 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.

Ontario Smart Serve Certification: This course is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) of the Ontario government and is required for anyone working anywhere alcohol is sold, served, delivered, or sampled, in the province of Ontario.

The course is available in six (6) different languages: English, French, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, and Spanish.

The course and exam are available online.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Ontario Bouncer (Doorman) Course

How do I get my security guard license in Ontario?

In order to obtain an Ontario Security Guard license you must complete these steps:

1 – Meet the requirements including being at least 18 years old, legally able to work in Canada, and having no criminal record.
2 – Complete the mandatory 40-hour training course
3 – Pass your provincial exam
4 – Apply for your license

How long is the Ontario Bouncer course?

The Ontario Bouncer Course will take approximately 20 hours to complete.

What are the four requirements to be a security guard in Ontario?

The four requirements for a security guard license in Ontario are as follows:

1 – Must be at least 18 years of age (or older)
2 – Must be legally entitled/qualified to work in Canada
3 – Have no criminal record
4 – Must complete the mandatory training for security guards

Can I do Bouncer security work without a license in Ontario?


In order to work as a security guard (in any capacity) or as a private investigator in Ontario, you must have a valid licence

Do bouncers need a license in Ontario?


The provincial regulations state that ANYONE employed in the security field must be licensed by the province. This includes security guards, bodyguards, bouncers and loss prevention personnel.

Do security guards have to show ID?


All security guards and private investigators must follow all requirements including: 
identify themselves as such.
– carry their applicable licence when they are on duty.
– show their licence to anyone who asks to see it, including employers, police and members of the public.

What kind of jobs can you get with a security licence?

With a valid Ontario Private Security License, you will be qualified for a variety of positions including:
– Airport Security
– Mall Security
– Close Protection
– Night Club or Bar “bouncer”
– Loss Prevention Security
– Residential Concierge
– Special Event Security
– Mobile Patrol

Last Updated on Mar 9, 2024

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