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 training course approved by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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 Security Guard training course (minimum 5 business days), you will be provided your Training Completion Number. With your Training Completion Number you can book for Ontario Security Guard Licence Exam at You will have to pay $60+tax as a testing fee

3. Write the Licence Exam

The Ministry has engaged the services of Serco DES Inc. to administer testing. 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 $66.50+tax 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

  • Completed guarantor information form
  • Passport quality photograph and
  • 2 pieces of valid government issued identification

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

Training Materials

Marshal Security’s in-class training course include the registration to their website to access the video lectures (to supplement the in-class training) and on-line Practice Tests. The study material include the following:

  1. Ontario Security Guard Training Manual (212 pages) [Download Sample]
  2. On-line video lectures
  3. PSISA Laws and Other Regulations (72 pages) [Download Sample]
  4. Multiple Choice Questions Manual (156 questions) [Download Sample]
  5. Class Notes with PowerPoint slides (pdf viewer) [Download Sample]
  6. On-line Practice Tests / Mock Tests (510 MCQs, over 95% unique questions)
  7. On-line Concept Test (98 questions)
  8. Additional two FREE Practice Tests (120 questions – open to everyone)
  9. Student support services, including access to instructors by email or phone for the duration of the course

You can complete your program in as little as 5 days.

Note: At the end of the course (one week after the registration), the student will be provided a registration number through which they can register at Serco DES Inc. website for a Security Guard Licence test (the test fee is $66.50 + HST). Once a student pass the test, he/she may apply for a Security Guard licence at the Ministry’s website.

Get started today toward a new and exciting money-making career in Security.

Training Cost

  1. The tuition fees for Security Guard online training course is $189.99 + HST. This includes Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C training.
  2. The tuition fees for only Security Guard online training course is $139.99 + HST.
  3. The fees for a First Aid/CPR training, separately is $79.99 + HST and it is available in-class and also as blended (online + hands-on-practice) training.
  4. The 40 hour Security Guard in-class course is currently unavailable.
  5. Additionally, the candidate has to pay $66.50 + HST official test fee, and $80.00 Security Guard Licence fee

 Note: The fees must be paid prior to the course date.

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Training Content

The following topics are covered by subject matter experts:

  • Section 1: Introduction to the Security Industry
  • Section 2: Private Security and Investigative Services Act and Code of Conduct
  • Section 3: Basic Security Procedures
  • Section 4: Report Writing
  • Section 5: Health and Safety
  • Section 6: Emergency Response Preparation
  • Section 7: Canadian Legal System
  • Section 8: Legal Authorities
  • Section 9: Effective Communications
  • Section 10: Sensitivity Training
  • Section 11: Use of Force Theory
  • Section 12: Emergency Level First Aid

Duration: 40 Hours – during week days



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