How to become a security guard and career checklist

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How do I become a security guard? How do you get a security license? How to begin a career working at a security company?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? If so, this comprehensive guide is for you!


First things first, are you even eligible to be a security guard? 

To be eligible for a career in security you must be over 18, have a clean criminal record and be a permanent resident of canada.

If you meet all these requirements you move on to the next step!

Training for a security license

Before you can start working as a security guard you need to complete a training course! There are a wide variety of security programs available, however you need to take a course that is specific to your province/territory.

For example if you want to work as a security officer in Ontario you need to take a course approved by Ontario. 

We at Baig security offer our own security training for those who are interested.

Our ontario security training  includes:

A 40 hour online training course which is divided between 33.5 hours of online study and a 1 day in class Emergency Level First Aid & CPR Level C Certificate.

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Licensing and Exam

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.

For more information on the security guard licensing and exam, check out this article: 

Getting a job

Now that you’ve completed your security license course, it’s time for you to have a look at local directories to find a job. 

Here is a link to the baig security job board.

With a security guard license from baig security you can work in the following sectors:

  • Airport Security
  • Mall Security
  • Close Protection
  • Night Club or Bar “bouncer”
  • Loss Prevention Security
  • Residential Concierge
  • Special Event Security
  • Mobile Patrol
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Advance in Your Career

As a security guard you are able to work in different sectors within the security industry. Here are a few examples:

  • Security Supervisor 
  • Security Officer 
  • Cyber-security specialist 
  • Armed guard 
  • Border security 
  • Private security consultant 
  • Correctional officer 
  • Fire protection specialists 
  • Private detective or investigator 
  • Policing 

This is the end of the security guard checklist. Hope this helped you!

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