Alberta Basic Security Guard Training Course – ABST
Our Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) Course consists of seven (7) Modules delivered over a period of forty (40) hours. Students must complete all modules and then a provincial exam at one of our Testing Locations with 80% or above to receive provincial certification and apply for a Security License in Alberta. Upon completion of our Online ABST Course, participants will have working knowledge of the Security Industry and should be able to:
- Describe the specific roles and responsibilities of a Security Professional.
- Explain Federal and Provincial Legislation and Regulations in relation to the work of a Security Professional
- List and describe the knowledge and skill sets required to perform Basic Security Patrol duties.
- Understand and apply a professional and effective style of communication in order to manage and control incidents.
- Demonstrate exceptional proficiency and accuracy in note-taking and Security Report Writing.
- Understand and articulate the process of managing an Emergency Incident / Emergency Response
- Maintain personal and professional safety and well being while working as a Security Professional.
The outcome for this program is intended to instill course participants with knowledge and skill sets in the following areas:
- Introduction to the Professional Security Industry.
- The Canadian Legal System and Security Professionals.
- Basic Security Procedures.
- Communication for Security Professionals.
- Documentation and Evidence.
- Emergency Response Procedures for Security Professionals.
- Health and Safety for Security Professionals.
Security service workers monitor, patrol and guard private property and protect people. In Alberta, you must be licensed to work as a:
- Security Guard
- Patrol Dog Handler
- Alarm Response
- Loss Prevention Worker
- Body Guard
Licences are issued under the Security Services and Investigators Act by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.
Read the Security Programs Policy Manual for more information about a security service worker licence.
The security service licensing fee is $100. Your licence is valid for 2 years.
The renewal process is the same as the initial application.
Your individual licence is portable. This means your licence is still valid if you change employers or if you work for multiple employers.
To apply for a licence you must:
- be over 18 years old
- be eligible to work in Canada
- be fluent in English
- have no criminal record
- have no outstanding criminal charges
- not be the subject of a criminal investigation
All security service workers must meet a specific English fluency standard. This is a level 5 benchmark according to the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks.
All security service workers must:
- successfully complete an approved security training course
- score 80% or higher on the provincial final exam
There are 2 approved training courses. Take either the:
- Alberta Basic Security Training Course, or
- Accredited Basic Security Training Course
These courses must be completed through an approved training provider.
Contact Security Programs if you’ve:
- previously worked in law enforcement, or
- completed equivalent training outside Alberta
After you’ve successfully completed your final exam with a score of 80% or higher, you’ll get your training certificate by mail within one week. For information about exam rewrites, or to find out if you’re eligible to challenge an exam, contact Security Programs.
In order to carry a baton, you must:
- have approval from your employer to carry a baton
- complete an approved 40-hour baton use-of-force training course
- submit a copy of your training certificate with your application
Baton training re-certification is required every 36 months.
Training licences are available if you’re currently enrolled in an approved training course. Your employer must submit the training licence application for you.
Training licences are valid for 30 days and will be converted to a standard licence after you’ve completed the training course and passed the final exam.
Training licences aren’t portable. This means if you change employers, your new employer must apply for a new training licence for you.
Apply for or renew your licence
If you’re on a work or study permit, contact Security Programs for application and renewal steps.
Step 1. Get a criminal record check
Get a criminal record check and your photo signed at your local police station.
This check must include these elements:
- criminal record
- vulnerable sector
- local database
You can’t submit your application without these original documents. These documents expire 90 days after they’ve been issued.
For more information about criminal record checks including fees and processing times:
- contact your local police, or
- visit RCMP Criminal Record checks
Step 2. Fill out the forms
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Fill out all the forms in this package:
Application for Individual Licence (PDF, 569 KB)
Step 3. Gather your documents
When you apply, you’ll need to provide photocopies of your:
- Canadian photo ID
- approved training course certificate
- 40-hour baton use-of-force training certificate (if applicable)
You’ll also need to provide a current:
- police information and criminal record check
- passport-size colour photo signed on the back by the police service
Step 4. Choose your payment method
The security service licensing fee is $100.
A dual security service and investigators licensing fee is $160.
There are 3 ways to make your payment:
Print and attach the receipt to your mail application as proof of payment.
Online payments will not be accepted for applications filled through registry agents.
If you’re submitting your mail application through a registry agent, your payment must be made at that registry.
A $9 service charge will be added to the licence fee.
When submitting your application by mail, you can pay by:
- certified business cheque
- certified personal cheque
- money order
- bank draft
- credit or debit online – attach your receipt to your mail application as proof of payment
All payments must be made out to the Government of Alberta.
Step 5. Submit your application
There are 2 ways to submit your application:
Take your application and documents to a registry agent that offers Security Programs licensing services.
If your application is approved, you’ll get a temporary licence that’s valid for 60 days.
Mail your application, required documents and payment to:
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
P.O. Box 1023 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2M1
If your application is approved, you’ll get a temporary licence that’s valid for 60 days emailed to you.
After you apply
Your licence card will be mailed to the address in your application.
You must provide a photocopy of your licence card to your employer and carry the original with you while you’re working.
- Lectures 42
- Quizzes 7
- Students 6
- Assessments Self
Module 1: ABST Course Introduction
Welcome to your online Alberta Basic Security Training Course! Please begin by reading this Introductory Module.
Module 2: The Private Security Industry
As a licensed and uniformed Security Guard in Alberta, your actions while on duty must be professional and are subject to law.
Module 3: The Canadian Legal System And Security Guards
Security Guards may have to exercise a variety of legal powers of arrest, detention, search, seizure, inspection, use of force, Charter of Rights, etc.
Module 4: Basic Security Procedures
Time to learn the day to day duties of a Security Guard in action!
Module 5: Communication For Security Guards
A successful Security Guard must be able to effectively communicate with a variety of people.
Module 6: Documentation And Evidence
Keeping an accurate notebook and writing comprehensive written reports are key responsibilities for any Security Guard.
Module 7: Emergency Response Procedures for Security Guards
Security Guards are expected to respond to emergency situations and to minimize the impact caused at a work site.
Module 8: Health And Safety For Security Guards
Guards must take every precaution to prevent accidents and take responsibility for their safety and for the safety of your team members and for the visitors to the work site.