Working as a security guard can be a highly fulfilling and exciting career choice. Whether you're working in healthcare, commercial buildings, post-secondary institutions, aviation, industrial, or any setting, you'll have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others and make the world a safer and friendlier place.
But that's not all - working as a security guard can also be a rewarding career in terms of personal growth and development. It can provide you with invaluable skills, experience, and specialized training. You'll learn how to communicate effectively, de-escalate situations, develop strong problem-solving skills, and more. These skills are transferable to many other industries and can help you advance your career in the future.
If you're considering becoming a security guard, you'll need to meet certain requirements and complete specific training. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to become a security guard in Canada.
Step 1: Meet the Basic Requirements
Before you can become a security guard in Canada, you must meet the basic requirements. You must be at least 18 years old, have a clean criminal record, and be legally eligible to work in Canada. Typically, a high-school diploma is required to obtain an entry-level job as a security guard.
Step 2: Complete the Required Training
In Canada, security guards must complete specific training to become licensed. The training program you need to complete may vary depending on your location and the type of security work you plan to do. A certain number of hours of ‘Basic Security Training (BST)’ is usually required.
You can find a list of approved training programs on the website of the provincial or territorial government where you plan to work:
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Prince Edward Island
- New Brunswick
Step 3: Obtain a Security Guard License
Once you've completed your training and passed any necessary tests, you'll need to obtain a security guard license from the appropriate government agency. The agency that issues licenses may vary depending on your location (reference links above).
You'll need to provide proof of completing the required training, pass a background check, and pay a fee to obtain your license. Once you have your license, you'll be able to legally work as a security guard in Canada.
Security Guard Fees:
The cost of becoming a security guard could vary depending on your province. The total cost is essentially divided into the following:
- Basic Security Training (BST) - $160 - $300 plus tax
- Test Booking - $75-$80 plus tax (depending on the province)
- Security Licence application - the fee could range from $75-$85 tax included (depending on the province).
- Uniform and equipment - Uniforms and equipment (e.g. duty belt, flashlight, boots etc.) could cost another $150-$200. Every site has unique requirements in terms of equipment. Some sites are more demanding than others.
Paladin Security offers company-paid training. We help prepare our staff for provincial tests, and in some provinces, we reimburse the licencing cost after probation. Additionally, all necessary uniforms are supplied to our officers free of charge.
Step 4: Find a Job
Now that you have your license, it's time to job hunt! The physical copy of your security guard license may take a while before you receive it, so make sure you get a digital copy as soon as possible so that you can start applying for jobs.
When applying for jobs, make sure to highlight your training and any relevant experience you have. Being a security guard can be a demanding job, so employers will want to know that you're capable of handling the responsibilities.
Step 5: Maintain Your License
To maintain your license, you'll need to renew it periodically. The renewal requirements may vary depending on your location (reference step 2 links), but you'll typically need to complete ongoing training and pay a renewal fee. Remember to stay up-to-date with the latest training requirements and maintain your license to ensure your success in this field.
Set Yourself Up for Success
If you're looking for a career that allows you to make a real difference in your community while also providing personal growth and development, consider becoming a security guard. It could be the start of an exciting and fulfilling career.
Join a booming industry! With ten years as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a place in the Hall of Fame of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures, being named Best Employer by Forbes Magazine for three years in a row, and winning the OSPA’s Outstanding Contract Security Company Award, Paladin is one of the fastest-growing companies across Canada.
If you are ready to jumpstart your career in security, check out our careers page.