A security guard provides protection and peace of mind, making it a respected career choice for people looking to enter the security field. Before becoming a security guard there is some important training necessary to ensure you are fully qualified and prepared to handle any situation.

How To Become A Security Guard In Ontario

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Each region of Canada has its own security guard education and training requirements. In Ontario, the Private Security and Investigative Services Act outlines the criteria involved in becoming a security guard.

The first step is to complete the basic training course. These are offered at several education institutions across Ontario including universities and colleges, career colleges, licensed security training services, and companies that employ security guards.

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Before you can receive accreditation or certification as a security guard, these initial criteria must be met. This will open your career possibilities to a variety of security professions including:

  • Residential and Commercial Security
  • Event Security
  • Personal Bodyguard
  • Loss Prevention and Retail Security
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Courses are available through in-class and online instruction. In addition to 40 hours of training, it is considered beneficial to take a first aid course such as St. John Ambulance or Workplace Safety Insurance Board training. Though not required, this will increase your chances of getting better career opportunities and advancement.

Once you complete your provincial training, you must then complete the provincial licensing test. This test is available at select Drive Test centres across Ontario and is available in French and English at a cost of $75.15.

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How To Get A Security License In Toronto

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To become a security guard in Toronto, you must first get your provincial licensing. This includes completing the 40 hours of training. Once you have completed all the requirements and received your certification, you are eligible to work in Toronto. If you are licensed in another province, you may be exempt from requiring Ontario licensing, however, it is important to become familiar with provincial licensing codes. To get your security guard license in Toronto, you must meet the following criteria to work in Toronto.

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  • Anyone working as a security guard in the province of Ontario including the City of Toronto must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Eligible to work in Canada. You must provide proof that you are a Canadian citizen or legally allowed to work in Canada.

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  • Clean criminal record in Canada. All potential security guard personnel must meet the regulations of the Eligibility to Hold A License – Clear Criminal Record criteria under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act.
  • Interested security guards must also be able to pass the Ontario Security Guard Test or be comfortable with the Ontario Security Guard Code of Conduct.
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It is important to remember that if you are licensed outside of Canada, you will still need to take the Ontario Security Guard Licensing course and write the test. This makes sure you have a complete understanding of the security regulations and protocols in the province of Ontario.

Becoming a security guard can be a rewarding and career-enhancing opportunity. If you have completed your Ontario Security Guard License program or are interested in becoming a security guard visit the Star Team Security career page to learn more. We offer training, professional development, and career growth to help put you on the path to becoming a security guard in Ontario.