The Basic Security Guard Training Course

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Course Information

The first step for anyone looking to get their Ontario security guard license, is to complete the basic security guard training course.  


This course covers 12 sections and will prepare you to successfully pass the Ontario security guard exam.  You can view the course curriculum below for additional information. 

It takes approximately 33.5 hours to complete the online portion and 6.5 of first-aid training (not included)

Getting your Ontario Security Guard License

All of our courses are provided free to anyone interested in taking them.  There is also a paid option, where you will have access to additional training in the form of videos and extra information. 

Once you've completed the basic security guard training, you'll be invited to take the exit test. The testing fee is $49.99 and can be taken as many times as needed. 

To pass you'll need to score a minimum of 80% (45/60) in order to get your training completion number (TCN).

Career Opportunities

With a valid Ontario security guard license, there are many employment opportunities available which can include:

  • Mobile security,

  • Loss prevention,

  • Event security,

  • Hospital security,

  • Airport security, and

  • By-law enforcement.

If you're interested in a law enforcement career, security is a great way to gain experience and prepare your for this type of career. 

Course Curriculum 

Introduction to the Security Industry

This section will provide an overview of the security industry including the different occupations available. Students will also learn the regulations and legal requirements that security guards must adhere to.

The Private Security and Investigative Services Act

The Private Security and Investigation Services Act regulates the security industry within Ontario. In this section students will become familiar with the Act to ensure they understand the relevant requirements of security guards. 

Basic Security Procedures

As a security guard, you'll be involved in a variety of different situations and tasked with a many duties. This section will explain the most common duties a security guard will be responsible for and how to correctly deal with these assignments.


Report Writing

In this section, students will learn the importance of report writing, how to write professional and descriptive reports, the different types of security reports, using your reports to give testimony in court and  record keeping practices.

Health and Safety

While on duty security guards encounter countless heath and safety concerns, from spillages/leaks to physical altercations. This section will prepare you to identify health and safety risks, and the most common procedures to ensure everyone's safety. 

Emergency Response Preparation

During an emergency, security guards will be tasked with many duties which can include building evacuation, directing emergency responders, providing medical assistance and many more. Students will learn the different roles and responsibilities of a security guard during emergency situations.

Canadian Legal System

Sometimes security guards get called to court to testify on an incident they we're involved in. In this section students will learn about the different levels of the Federal and Provincial court system, how to properly address the Judge or the Justice of the Peace, the authority and decision power of each court, and how the Canadian Legal System works. 

Legal Authorities

There are many legal statutes that security guards get their authority from such as the Liquor License Act, the Criminal Code, the Firearms Act and many others. Students will learn the legal authorities that security guards have in respect to different legislation. 

Effective Communications

With proper communication just about any situation can be diffused or resolved. This section will show students how to communicate effectively to gain compliance and to understand tones and body language. 

Sensitivity Training

Security guards are often involved in situations that could include private or sensitive topics such as drug addiction, mental health and sexual abuse. This section will explain how to handle these incidents with compassion and empathy. 

Use of Force Theory

In this section, students will learn what use of force is, how to asses situations, how to determine an appropriate level of force, what excessive force is and why use of force is one of the most controversial topics in law enforcement.