Security guard and private investigator testing
Learn about basic testing for security guards and private investigators, where to take a test and how to register.
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You must complete a basic training course and pass the basic ministry test before you can apply for a licence and work as a security guard or private investigator.
There are separate basic tests for security guards and private investigators. If you want to hold a dual license to work as both a security guard and private investigator you must complete both tests.
Tests consist of 60 multiple-choice questions based on topics covered in the basic training courses. You will have 75 minutes to complete each test.
How to register
To register for a test, you need a training completion number from your basic training provider that proves you completed your basic training. You can register and book a test online and learn more about:
- languages and accessibility
- testing instructions and procedures
You can choose to take the test either:
- at select DriveTest centres across Ontario
If you have questions about test accessibility, or require accommodation due to a disability, please contact the testing provider either:
- by email at SGT@drivetest.ca
- by phone at