How to become a Security Guard


How to become a Security Guard in Ontario

In order to work as a Security Guard, you must complete a mandatory Security Guard training course.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older
  2. You must be eligible to work in Canada
  3. You must have a clean criminal record
  4. You must complete the required training and testing

Steps on becoming a Security Guard in Ontario

1. Enroll in Training Course

Enroll in Ontario Security Guard Training Course with an approved training provider
The training provider must be approved by Private Security & Investigative Services

2. Register for Licence Exam

Once you have successfully completed the 40 hours Security Guard training course, you will be provided your Training Completion Number (TCN). With your Training Completion Number you can book for Ontario Security Guard Licence Exam at You will have to pay $35.00+tax as a testing fee

3. Write the Licence Exam

The Ministry has engaged the services of Serco DES Inc. to administer testing. The testing is available both online and onsite. The Licence test is a computer-based test, with 60 Multiple Choice Questions and 75 minutes duration. You have to answer correctly for at least 38 out of 60 questions (62%) in order to pass the Exam. After you have completed the exam, it usually takes 2 to 3 business days to receive your exam results. There is no limit to the number of times a person can rewrite the test. However, you have to pay the fee each time.

4. Apply for Licence

Once you pass the licensing exam, you can apply for your licence by mail or online
You can apply online through ServiceOntario at

To get your licence you need a

  • passport quality photograph (50 x 70 mm)
  • valid government issued photo identification
  • proof that you are eligible to work in Canada 
  • completed guarantor information form

The cost of a Security Guard licence is $80 and it will expire two birthdays after the day it is issued.

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