Security guard and private investigator basic training
Learn about the training courses you must complete to become a security guard, private investigator or both.
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There are different basic training courses for security guards and private investigators. Depending on where you take your course, they may offer combined security guard and/or private investigator courses. may also be offered.
You must complete both courses or a combined course if you want to receive a dual licence that allows you to work as both a security guard and a private investigator.
Where to take a basic training course
The following institutions may offer basic training:
- public universities
- community colleges
- private career colleges
- agencies licensed to provide security guard and/or private investigator services
- registered employers that employ in-house security personnel (registered employers can only train their own employees)
The ministry maintains a list of training providers that have agreed to provide basic training in accordance with the Training and Testing regulation of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005.
Find a training provider to sign up for basic training and contact them for more information.
Please note that the ministry does not endorse any specific training providers.
Training providers set their own course fees.
Security guard basic training
Security guard basic training courses must be at least 40 hours long, including certification in emergency first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Private investigator basic training
Private investigator basic training courses must be at least 50 hours long, and CPR certification is not required.
Combined dual licence basic training
Combined dual-licence basic training courses must be at least 90 hours long, including certification in emergency first aid/CPR.
Opt-out of emergency first aid and CPR
You can opt out of the emergency first aid and CPR portion of the training if you provide a valid first aid/CPR certificate to the training provider, indicating you were trained by a St. John Ambulance or Workplace Safety Insurance Board-certified instructor.
A list of providers approved to deliver first aid training is available on the Workplace Safety Insurance Board website.
Method of instruction
You can complete basic security guard or private investigator training through either:
- a classroom-based course
- a web-based course
Web-based courses must allow for real-time interaction with an instructor.
The basic training program aims to ensure that all security guards and private investigators in the province have the knowledge and skills to carry out their work professionally, effectively, safely and lawfully.
Training completion number
After you complete the basic training course, you will receive a training completion number from your training provider. You need this number to register for the test.
Training providers are required to provide students with a training certificate once the student successfully completes training. Training certificates must include the following information:
- student name
- training provider name
- type of training completed (such as, security guard, private investigator or both)
- date training completed
- signature of training provider representative