Basic training

All new security guards and private investigators must complete a basic training course and pass the basic ministry test before applying for a licence.

Security guard and private investigator basic training

Learn about the different or combined basic training courses for security guards and private investigators.

Security guard syllabus

Learn about the security guard training course content and program length.

Private investigator syllabus

Learn about the private investigator training course content and program length.

Basic training providers

Find a list of basic training providers or registered businesses that provide training to prospective security guards and private investigators.

Become a basic training provider

Find out if you are eligible to offer the security guard or private investigator basic training course and how to register.

Basic testing

Security guard and private investigator testing

Learn about the basic tests for security guards and private investigators, where to take a test and how to register.

Private investigator study guide

Test preparation guide designed to assist private investigators in preparing for the ministry’s mandatory test.

Security guard study guide

Test preparation guide designed to assist security guards with preparing for the ministry’s mandatory test.

Apply for a licence

Apply for, renew or replace a security guard or private investigator licence

You must have a valid licence to work as a security guard and/or private investigator in Ontario. Learn how to apply for, renew or replace a licence and check the status of your application.

Apply for an agency licence

Any business that sells the services of security guards and/or private investigators requires an agency licence. Learn how to apply for a licence and check the status of your application.

Register as an employer

Any employer that directly employs in-house security guards, or private investigators, but is not in the business of selling security services, must register with the ministry. Apply for a registered employer licence through ServiceOntario and check the status of your application.

Requirements

Requirements for security guards and private investigators

Learn about the requirements for licensed security guards and private investigators.

Requirements for licensed agencies

Learn about the requirements for licensed agencies and the compliance inspection and enforcement program.

Contact us

Questions about licences, training and tests

Email PrivateSecurity@ontario.ca for questions about:

  • security guard licence applications
  • private investigator licence applications
  • private security/investigation agency licence applications

Email PSIS.PrivateSecurity@ontario.ca for questions about:

  • program delivery
  • registering to become a training entity
  • application of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005
  • compliance
  • public complaints

Email SGTregistration@serco-des.ca for questions about:

  • registering for a test
  • test locations
  • test results

Contact ServiceOntatrio for questions about applying, renewing or updating a licence.

ServiceOntario
Occupational Licensing Services Office
PO Box 4500 Kingston ON K7L 0E1
Tel: 416-212-1650
Toll-free: 1-866-767-7454
TTY: 416-212-6319

Telephone customer service is provided from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public complaints

You can file a complaint if you have reason to believe that a licensee has failed to comply with the law. Learn how to submit a complaint online by mail or email.

Act and regulations

Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005

Updated: November 23, 2021
Published: October 20, 2021