What opportunities are there to work in security in Calgary?

As the most populated city in Alberta, there are many opportunities to work in the security field in Calgary.  Though Alberta is best known for its place in the oil industry, Calgary also plays host to many cultural events that require security professionals. Street festivals like the eclectic Fourth Street Lilac Festival attract thousands of locals, while the world-famous Calgary Stampede is attended annually by millions of Calgarians and tourists alike. Calgary also hosts the Calgary International Film Festival. All of these cultural events require security staff to ensure the safety of visitors and employees. 

Home to approximately 1.4 million people, Calgary is also rich with businesses, shopping malls, condominiums, and tourist destinations which require some level of security. Alberta’s security needs are growing and as a prime tourist destination and kingpin in the oil industry it doesn’t show signs of slowing down.

What are the types of Security Guard Jobs in Calgary? 

You can work in many industries as a Calgary security guard. They include:

  • Tourist areas: Hotels, and Tourist Destinations
  • Festivals and Events: Calgary Stampede, Film Festival
  • Businesses/Industry: Retail, Oil Industry, Office Buildings
  • Residences: Condominiums
  • Construction sites
  • Airport Security

How do I get a security guard license in Calgary?

To get a security guard license in Calgary, you must first take security guard training in Alberta with an accredited provider.  Security Guard Course Inc. (SGC) is an approved Alberta Security Programs Accredited Training Provider. You can view our listing here. After completing  our online Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course,  you can take your exam and apply for your security guard license in Alberta. 

How long will it take me to get an Alberta security guard license?

That’s up to you! The ABST course is online and is 40 hours in length. The schedule is flexible, so take as much or as little time as you need to complete the modules, take your exam and apply for your Alberta security guard license.

Why Choose SGC?

There are many reasons to choose SGC. Some of them include:

  • Online flexibility: Complete your security guard lessons on your own schedule! When you’ve completed your online training, follow our Exam Booking Procedure.


  • Accredited Course: The course follows the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s outlined training requirements needed to pass your Alberta Security Guard Examination and apply for your Alberta Security License.


  • Exam Preparation: The ABST course provides the most in-depth security guard training in Calgary. The course adheres to the regulations set out by the Security Services and Investigators Act by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and has everything you need to pass your Alberta Security Guard Examination. 


  • Created by experts: Every aspect of our Alberta security guard training course has been created by private security experts. We’ve been there so we know what to expect and how to prepare you for a job in security so you will be safe and be able to protect others.


  • Job Security– We have a high success rate with graduates getting jobs in the security field.   To learn more about Alberta Security Guard Jobs visit this post.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards becoming a security guard in Calgary, sign up for our Alberta Basic Security Guard Training course today! 

Calgary Office

McDougall Centre
2500, 639 – 5th Avenue SW
Calgary,  AB T2P 0M9