HOW TO BECOME A SECURITY GUARD IN ONTARIO
Are you looking for a new career? Working as a security guard is a fulfilling career that enables you to contribute to the safety of others on a daily basis. If you have strong communication, problem-solving, and observation skills, and are eager to learn and protect others, being a security guard might just be the perfect career for you. You’ll be pleased to know that the certification process is straightforward and timely.
To be an eligible candidate, you must meet the following conditions:
Be 18 years of age or older
Be eligible to work in Canada
Have a clean criminal record
Complete a Basic Security Guard Training course (which Security Guard Group proudly offers!)
Step 1: Course Completion
Security Guard Group is an authorized training entity, offering a 33.5-hour online security guard training course. The course is priced at $59.99, offering a level of affordability that makes it a much more attractive option to many students as opposed to attending a post-secondary institution.
The course is meant to be completed at your own pace over a period of 31 days. This means that you can complete your training at any time of the day, any day of the week - whenever works for you! If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or fall behind, don’t worry – your account will remain active for 14 days after the 31-day course period, giving you time to catch up.
Step 2: First Aid Certification
Following the course, you will be required to complete Emergency First Aid Certification. Once completed, you will be required to submit a copy of documentation to Security Guard Group. Students who already have their First Aid certification do not need to obtain it a second time.
This certification is obtained through any approved WSIB provider and is estimated to take 6.5 hours. In conjunction with the 33.5 hours of the course, you meet the total of 40 training hours required by the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
Step 3: Testing
The next step to become a security guard is taking a mandatory licensing exam through Serco Canada. You are given a testing completion number before taking their test. Upon completion, you can apply for your license to begin working in the field.
Step 4: Apply for Your License
As listed on the ServiceOntario website, you can apply for a license after successful completion of the exam by providing the following:
Your testing completion number
A passport-quality photograph
Two identification documents Guarantor Information Form – the guarantor must be an adult that has known you for a minimum of two years
Payment of $80 for the cost of the license application
License applications can be submitted online or by mail. Online applications are typically processed faster. If you choose to apply online, you will need to have your ServiceOntario One-key ID account information available.
Once your application has been submitted, approval can take up to 10 business days. Once approved, you will receive a license in the mail within 2 months.
If you haven’t already, make sure you complete your Workers Health and Safety Awareness Certificate. The certification is free on the Ontario Ministry of Labour website.
Why Join the Security Guard Group Team?
We’re an up-and-coming company with a management team that has over 37 years of experience in the private security industry. Working for our team means working for a group of leaders that have strongly developed their skills and knowledge of the security industry, which is an especially great opportunity for security guards new to the career. Our team also receives ample training specific to their industry. For some industries, guards may receive up to 200 hours of on-site training.
We are happy to help with any questions you have about enrolling in the Security Guard Training course and potentially becoming a part of our team once you’ve earned your certification. Feel free to contact us anytime or check out our careers to learn more!