Last Updated on October 24, 2020
The demand for highly trained and professional security officers in Edmonton and all of Alberta is on the rise. With the recent devastation of the wild fires in Fort McMurray and the ongoing financial climate brought on by the slump in crude oil prices the need for security guard training in Edmonton and elsewhere in the province is on the rise.
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.
Alberta Basic Security Guard Training Course (ABST)
*Note: Training is now available online.
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 here to find a course that is convenient for you.
You can find more information in our detailed report on the security guard situation in Alberta here.