Private security and investigative services
Ontario regulates the private security and investigative services industry, including security guards, private investigators, agencies and business that directly employ in-house security.
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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.
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
Apply for an agency licence
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 for security guards and private investigators
Requirements for licensed agencies
Learn about the requirements for licensed agencies and the compliance inspection and enforcement program.
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
- 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.
Telephone customer service is provided from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.