What are the requirements to become a security guard?

So you want to be a security guard? Don’t know where to start? If your answer is yes, Baig Security is here to help you.

This post covers: 

  • How do I get a security guard licence?
  • How long do you have to go to school to be a security guard?
  • How much does it cost to become a security guard?

How do I get a security guard licence?

To be a security guard you need to have a security guard license. Each province and territory has different rules in regards to licensing, so make sure to check these requirements before you get started. 

If you live in Ontario click the link below to see the requirements and licensing process. 


To get your license you need to take a training course. If you are licensed in a different province then where you are practicing you will need to get that provinces license. 

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 legally work in Canada. All courses are 40 hours, and you receive a training completion number at the end.

Here is a link to an Ontario certified training course:

Our training hub offers:

We offer 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 security licensing training 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.

To earn your license you need to pass the training course for your province, receive aid training and take an exam. Once you’ve taken the exam you will receive your license. 


Educational requirements

You need a minimum of a highschool diploma to work as a security guard. However, if you get further education, like a certificate or degree, you will be more likely to have a higher salary. See more about salary and pay on our other blog page https://www.baigsecurity.com/blog/how-much-money-do-security-guards-make

Below we’ve listed a few relevant degrees and certificates that might help you in the security industry.

Certificates examples:



Non-violent confrontation

Degree examples: 


Criminal Justice

How much does it cost to become a security guard?

There are few costs associated with becoming a security guard.

The biggest cost is the training course. The price varies depending on what course provider you sign up with. 

The Licensing exam

How much is the test?

The price of the security test is $75.15 after tax in Ontario. 

Hopefully this post has helped you to understand the requirements to be a security guard. 

Check out our other articles on the security industry at https://www.baigsecurity.com/blog

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Sarah Stone

Published by Sarah Stone

2+ years in Design and Marketing. Works at Baig Security as a Digital Design and Marketing Manager.

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