How difficult is security training in Canada?

So you want to be a security guard? You are looking to get into security work? If your answer is yes and you’re wondering how to get started then we are here to help you with our security training.

First things first, are you eligible to take a security guard course?

There are three things you need to be to be able to take a training course. You must be over the age of eighteen, have a clean criminal background, and can work in Canada.

Now if you have these three things then it’s time to pick a course provider.

If you are located in Ontario, Canada we recommend using They offer both online, standard security guard courses and an in-person CPR and Security Guard licensing course. It’s important to note that to attain a security license in Ontario, you must also complete a first aid course as well.

What will you learn in our security training course?

In Training courses you cover the following topics:

  • Licensing Process
  • Writing Security Reports
  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety
  • Communication
  • Procedures
  • Emergency Response Preparation
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Canadian Legal System
  • Use of Force

Our security training offers many features to help with completing your training. Not only is it entirely self-paced (meaning you can work as fast or as slow as you need without penalties), signing up with them also gives you access to more than eighty video lessons and three hundred practice quizzes.

As well, signing up with this online course provider gives you direct access to instructors via email or live chat so if you have questions or need guidance they are available to you.

The cost

The cost to take these courses varies depending on the provider.

Security Guard Course offers two security training programs:

Ontario Security Training – First Aid not included

Dual Package: Security Guard + Private Investigator


Difficulty Level

It entirely depends on you. If you are good at applying yourself and handling your time, it will be much easier. If these are things you struggle with it will be a bit more difficult but you have access to a large network of support to help. This is a great opportunity for continuing education students or job seekers.

If you are interested in learning more about this training course or signing up with us, check out the link below.

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How much money do security guards make?

Are you looking to start a new career? Does Security sound like a good fit for you? It’s essential to know everything about the job you are looking into. We are here to help.

How much a security guard makes is dependent upon three things: location, training and experience.

Average Security Guard Salaries by Province

Location is one of the three factors that contribute to security guard salaries. The following wages were gathered from Indeed. Security Guards in Canada make an average of $16.62. Salaries will vary based on if you work in the public or private security sector.







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How does experience affect your pay?

Experience is going to be the most significant factor in determining your pay. The more experience you have, the better your income. In general, at least two years of experience working as a security guard is the minimum amount of experience you can have and see an increase in your salary.

How does education affect your pay?

There are many benefits to continuing education, but the biggest is how it can boost your salary. Having a certificate or degree that is relevant to the security industry can increase your salary as a security guard, in some cases as much as double what someone with only a high school diploma would earn. This does not include the special training you will need to go through to get your license, as every security guard must take it.

What are my Career paths and Pay Rates?

As a security guard, there are many branches you can go into (including average salary):

  • Security Supervisor $18.45 per hour
  • Security Officer $17.38 per hour
  • Cyber-security specialist $23.71 per hour
  • Armed guard $21.11 per hour
  • Border security $26.02 per hour
  • Private security consultant $57.14 per hour
  • Correctional officer $28.44 per hour
  • Fire protection specialists $21.97 per hour
  • Private detective or investigator $24.98 per hour
  • Policing $31.38 per hour

Each one comes with its own unique requirements. If you are interested in expanding into one of these security sectors, we recommend researching what you need to do to be prepared and successful.


As well as your salary, working as a security guard can also give you access to benefits and bonuses, the scale of which depends on your employer. The most common type of bonus given out to security guards is holiday and individual performance-based bonuses. Most security guards are offered benefits for medical, dental and vision.

Is a career in Security the right choice for you?

Now that we have covered all the bases in terms of the pay for security guards, you can begin your security journey.

There are many more things to consider when looking into working at a security company. So here are some next steps for you:

  • Research requirements for your location (including education, licensing, age and criminal record)
  • Find a Security Training course approved by your province/state (which will teach you about security protocols, maintaining order, and report writing)
  • Get your license
  • Start working as a Security Guard

If you are unsure how to get started in Security, or are looking for a security job, check out our website, or send us an email at [email protected]

Have questions about the security guard training program? Check out our post on security training in Canada here:

What is the Security Guard License Test and How to Prep for it

Looking to get your license so you can work as a security guard for a security services firm? This article will guide you through important areas of security guard services to know when taking the test, as well as basic information on how the test is conducted and links you might find helpful while studying to pass your Security Guard License test. 

Disclaimer: This guide is not a substitute for a paid security license training course. 

About the Security Guard License Test

The Ontario Security Guard test is a written, sixty question test, in a multiple choice format. The test appointments are two hours in duration, 75 minutes of which is the allotted test completion time.

The license test costs $66.50 plus HST, which comes to a total of $75.15.

You will receive the results of your test within five days of completing it. If you don’t receive it by the end of this time, contact your test provider. The lowest passing mark is a 62% for this test. 

As well, all tests must be booked in advance, regardless of if its in person or online.


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You can only  register to take the security guard test, if you have successfully completed the mandatory training course (that meets the requirements set out by the ministry of Ontario) or have already received your license and are re-registering.  

As well, remember that in order to register for a test, you will need a training completion number from your basic training course provider.

Study Tips

Now that you have an understanding of what the test is like, and if you are eligible to take it, let’s talk about study tips. 

Breakdown the topics you need to study by section. For example, report writing, Canadian Legal System, Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, surveillance, aid cpr, etc. This helps you to ensure you don’t forget any topics, as well, you can always self quiz after you complete each section to check your understanding of the literature. 

Here are the topics you should cover:

Introduction to the Security Industry

The Act and Code of Conduct

Basic Security Procedures

Report Writing

Health & Safety

Emergency Response Preparation

The Canadian Legal System

Legal Authorities


Sensitivity Training

Use of Force Theory

Emergency First Aid Certification

Test Tips

Appendix A – WHIMS

Appendix B – APCO

Click the links above to access Ministry approved literature to study from. Hopefully this guide helps you get an idea of how to set yourself up for success when taking your Security License test and get you to work in the security industry  as a highly trained guard. 

For more information on Security Training, Licensing go to today.

For information on the ministry’s Training and Testing Regulation, on the topics covered in the training syllabi and the tests, you must contact the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch:

Phone: 416-212-1650 or toll-free at 1-866-767-7454

E-mail: [email protected]

To book a test, and for any information regarding test scheduling and payment, you must contact the ministry’s test delivery agent, Serco DES Inc.:

Phone: 1-866-248-2555

E-mail: [email protected]