To help you navigate thru the requirements for this highly sought after occupation we’ve created this comprehensive guide focusing on Saskatchewan Security Guard Training.
The Private Investigators and Security Guards Act, 2000 requires individuals to hold a valid security guard or private investigators licence while employed by a licensed security business in Saskatchewan. The licence is only valid for that particular business. This act governs all aspects of mandatory security guard training and equipment requirements as well as the issuing, renewal and cancellation of security guard licenses.
In order to be fully licensed, you must complete the Saskatchewan Justice Approved Security Guard Training Course. (See below).
Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General defines security personnel as “security guard means a person who, for hire or reward, guards or patrols for the purpose of protecting persons or property or performs other prescribed functions.”
Saskatchewan is one of the few provinces in Canada in regard to security guard licences in that they are not issued to an individual but are issued to your employer licensing you to work for them. These licences are NOT portable, meaning that your licence is restricted to allow you ONLY to work for your employer that you were employed with when the licence was issued. You are not able to work for one company at a time and must renew your licence if you change employers.
You are strictly forbidden by the Act to:
- hold himself or herself out in any manner as performing or providing services or duties connected with the police;
- include in any advertisement, notice or business card any reference to being licensed or bonded pursuant to this Act; or
- engage in the business of providing private investigators, security guards or an armoured vehicle service in a name other than the name under which that person is licensed.
Requirements of Security Officer
- only wear a uniform approved by the Registrar
- carry and present their licenses to anyone making that request
- comply with any terms and conditions of their licenses;
- be over 18 years of age
- return their licenses to the Registrar when they expire, or are terminated, suspended, or cancelled;
- report to the Registrar any incident involving a member of the public involving the use of force or other unusual intervention.
Saskatchewan Security Guard Licensing Requirements
Anyone seeking a security guard license must be at least 18 years old and of good character, as applicants are required to submit a criminal record check. To qualify for a full security guard license all individuals must complete the Saskatchewan Justice Approved Security Guard Training Course through an approved course provider and obtain a standard of at least 75% on the exam administered by the Registrar for Private Investigators and Security Guards.
Your employer may apply for a temporary security guard license on your behalf by filling out the ‘Application for Employee's Temporary Security Guard Licence’ form until you have completed the course.
Once you have completed the training course and passed the examination with a grade of 75% or higher, you will receive a certificate from the approved course provider. The Private Investigator and Security Guard Program enters the individual into a data system which tracks:
- course completion data;
- companies the individual has/had licenses with; and
- any information related to that persons role in the private security industry.
Licencing Fees For Saskatchewan
New licences for security guards in Saskatchewan require a fee of $25 to be paid to the Minister of Finance of Saskatchewan. This fee is to attached to the application which is sent to:
Safer Communities Enforcement Services
Private Investigators and Security Guards
Ministry of Justice
485 Maxwell Crescent
Saskatchewan S4N 5X9
Renewal fees cost $20. All security licences are valid a period of 1 year.
Saskatchewan Security Guard Training Course
Basic Security Training – Saskatchewan is a comprehensive training course for individuals seeking to enter this industry. It is designed to increase knowledge about the daily duties and responsibilities of a security professional and build the confidence needed to meet the challenges of the workplace.
This online course is delivered into modules and is equivalent to 40 hours of classroom instruction.
Saskatchewan Security Guard Training Course Outline
1. Introduction and Provincial Legislation
- Purpose of the course
- Recommended time allocation
- Requirements of Security Guards
- Provincial Legislation
2. The Duties and Responsibilities of a Security Guard
- Public and Private Security
- The Role of a Security Guard
- The Security of People
- The Security of Property
- The Security of Information Assignments and Duties
3. Conduct of Security: Professionalism and Public Relations
- Professional and Personal Presentation
- Integrity and Discipline
- Customer Service
- Communications for Security Guards
- Crowd Control
4. The Security Guard and the Legal System
- An Introduction to Criminal Law
- The Common Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Powers of Arrest
- Use of Force
- Common Offences
- Common Defences
5. Access Control and Alarm Systems
- Access Control Systems
- Technology Used to Control Access and Egress
- Materials Access
- Alarm Systems
- General Operating Procedures
6. Traffic Control
- Legal Authority to Control Traffic
- Principles of Traffic Control
- Correct Hand Signals
- Practice Scenarios
7. Note Taking, Reports and Evidence
- Observation Skills of the Professional Security Guard
- Powers of Observation
- How to Improve Your Senses
- Taking Notes
- Introduction to Reports
- Protecting a Crime Scene
8. Response to Immediate Crisis
- Fire Safety
- Fire Classification Symbols
- Fire Extinguishers
- Methods of Alarm Activation
- Bomb Threats
- Bomb Threats by Telephone
- Written Bomb Threats
9. General Patrol Tactics and Techniques
- What to Watch for While on Patrol
- Liability for Breach of Duty
10. Labour Disputes
- What is a Labour Dispute?
- Duties of a Security Guard During a Strike
11. Safety Issues for Security Guards
- WHMIS Hazard Classifications
- Clandestine Drug Labs
- Gang Activity in Saskatchewan