Start a career in Security
If you want to start a career as a security guard or in other related security services employment in the province of Alberta, the Alberta Basic Security Training course is the place to start. This government-required course, which is accredited through the Solicitor General of Alberta, is the legal minimum training necessary to work in the security industry.
This course covers all the material you need to know
to take your exam to get your Alberta Security Services licence.
Not sure if this is the right career for you? Read our article on So What Exactly does a Security Guard Do?
Alberta Basic Security Training
How do you get your security guard (Security Services) licence? Click on the links to see more information below.
" Completed my Alberta Basic Security Training with the best Instructor in the industry Kathie B. and I am really satisfied with the quality, delivery and overall value of this course. Learned so much critical information on the security profession in Alberta, my rights and the rights of others and how to handle relevant situations in the most effective manner. My sincere thanks goes out to Kathie and the team at Tip of Spear the preparation and training! Highly recommend others to visit and support this business."
- Haben E.
"Kathie was an absolutely incredible instructor for the ABST training course. Her teaching methods were a breath of fresh air, especially compared to online learning. She takes the time to understand the needs of her students, and learns each of them by name. TLDR; long class, it was awesome."
- Seany A.
"Friendly, professional service, and incredibly accommodating during these difficult times. I initially was worried about taking the 40 hour Alberta Basic Security Training course online, but the content was very well laid out, and easy to follow. Coupled with a physical copy of the course booklet, I was able to easily grasp all the concepts, and review at my own pace. I even managed to get a 98% on my Proctored Exam! I would highly recommend Tip of Spear Inc to anyone looking to start their Alberta Basic Security Training! Especially if you're a little hesitant to attend a classroom setting during COVID-19, the online delivery is consistently high quality, with lots of extra info and practical knowledge you might not get with other courses. 5 Stars!"
- Funk Y.
Choose which course options are best for you:
*Provincial exam is included in the cost of the course from Tip of Spear and is in-person at our facility in Edmonton. For more information, please visit the Proctored Exam page.
Why choose Tip of Spear to take this training?
We are one of the largest and most trusted training centre in Alberta. We have successfully trained almost 10,000 people over 10 years and our reputation with this program is well-known in the industry. Our key courses are accredited through the Alberta Solicitor and Governor General.
The provincial exams are included in the price of our course, and regularly scheduled right here in our Edmonton facility. We have a very high pass rate for the exam as we provide extra material, practice exams and an optional instructor-led review the morning before the exam.
We go above and beyond to provide support and guidance on everything you need. Learn what the prerequisites are to start your career, complete your course, pass your exam, apply for your licence, and get that dream job. We help with it all!
We live and work in Alberta too, so we know what the security industry is like here and teach from that perspective, which gives you an advantage. This is not just about doing the minimum to get your license, this is about setting you up for success in your career!
Our instructors are real people with 30+ years of experience, in every protection career, from security professionals, peace officers, military, police, and more. We are constantly improving our high-quality material and instructional techniques so you effectively learn the skills you need.
Don't stop with basic courses! Take our numerous other intermediate and advanced courses and career tools to help you progress through your security career, or move on to other protection careers. Whatever your career goals are, we help keep you growing towards them.
NOTE: This program is offered by many different providers, and it matters to your career and your safety who you choose to be educated by. The experience level of the instructor for this program is absolutely key to your success, so it is important that you choose your trainer based not only on their qualifications and ability to teach this course, but also their real-life experience level of having worked in the industry themselves. Some trainers have little to no experience in the industry (some have never worn a uniform of any kind, or managed this function successfully), and some approach this course as a formality or an inconvenience to getting you on a site. This can directly affect your safety and your development in the field. We know the decisions you make in this industry can positively or negatively affect your ability to progress in your career, i.e. law enforcement, so please do your research and choose wisely.
Register for the Classroom Course
We offer an accredited classroom program, with the proctored exam written on the last day (Friday). This program is by far the best learning experience. You are guided by an in-person instructor who will share their extensive experience from working in the industry, as well as using current events to give examples of how to deal with a variety of situations.
Duration: 40 hours over 5 days: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
$290 + GST to borrow a facility copy of the manual for the week
or $330 + GST to purchase a paper Manual to keep and take home at the end of the week
This course includes the following modules:
Introduction to the Security Industry
The Canadian Legal System and Security Professionals
Basic Security Procedures
Communication for Security Professionals
Documentation and Evidence
Response Procedures for Security Professionals
Health and Safety for Security Professionals
What's included with your course tuition:
A copy of the course study material (to borrow or purchase for the classroom course, or purchase or download for the online course).
Access to online practice exams to ensure you're ready for your government exam.
Attend an in-person classroom review the morning before the exam (available for the classroom course or ABST Online Plus course) to give you an opportunity to ask any questions and learn any key points you may have missed in the course.
Take the proctored government exam at our facility in Edmonton. Choose one of our regularly-scheduled dates that suits your schedule.
Guidance on the next steps and completing the security guard licence application.
Meet our ABST Instructor
Kathie has been in training and development for 20 years with a focus on security in the past 10 years. She is full of energy and creates a safe environment for her students to grow in their knowledge and confidence. She is passionate about equipping them for not only the exam, but for their careers in security and beyond. Kathie has received educational awards for her exceptional integrity and how she lives her life by example.
Register for a Classroom Session:
COVID-19 UPDATE: Effective August 1st, 2020, all students who enter the facility to take a class must bring their own face mask and wear it, as per the City of Edmonton Bylaw. Please view our full COVID-19 Policy for more information.
1. Pass the Government Final Exam
Once the training has been FULLY completed, you must pass the government proctored final exam to be able to apply for your licence. For more information about the exam, including dates for the exam and booking online, please read the Proctored Exam page.
NOTE: The final exam is an in-person exam held at our facility in Edmonton. There are no online exams available from the government at this time.
For those who pass their exam, you will receive your certificate from the Solicitor General of Alberta by mail 2-3 weeks after the exam. Once you have this, you may apply for your Security Services license using the instructions in the following section.
2. Apply for the Security Services Licence
Click on the button below for full set of instructions on how to apply for your Security Services Licence, including: basic requirements, what information you will need to gather together, and how to submit your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I am not sure if my past history will affect my eligibility. How can I find out?
If you have a specific unique scenario about the above requirements (such as a restraining order or previous offense) and are not sure if it will impact your eligibility, you can contact Alberta Justice and Solicitor General at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2. Am I able to challenge the government final exam?
If you feel that your previous experience and knowledge may make you eligible to challenge the government final exam, you can contact Alberta Justice and Solicitor General at email@example.com to ask more questions.
3. I've worked in law enforcement. Are there any exemptions for me in getting my Security Services License?
If you've worked as a police or peace officer in the past 3 years, contact Alberta Justice and Solicitor General at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you are eligible for any exemptions.
4. I haven't yet received my Security Services licence, but my employer needs me to work right away. How can I start working?
If your employer needs you to work, but you haven't yet received your Security Services licence, your employer can apply for a training license for you, as long as you are currently enrolled in an approved training course. 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 are not portable, so if you change employers, your new employer must reapply for a training licence for you in order to work. Please note that you cannot start work until you at least have your training licence.
5. I need to renew my license as it's about to expire soon. What's the process to renew it?
If you need to renew your licence, you are given up to a 90 day grace period to renew your licence after it has expired. Follow the steps in the article How to Renew your Security Licence. If you wait longer than 90 days after the expiry of your license, you must apply for a new licence following the article How to Apply for your Security Licence.
6. I lost my Security Services license. What do I do?
If you lost your licence, or it was destroyed or damaged, or if your personal information has changed (name or address), you must report it immediately. Fill out the Update to Individual Licence form and email or mail it to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General (contact information in the form).
7. I live in a different province. Can I still take this training?
8. I have my security licence in a different province, but want to move to Alberta. Does it qualify?
Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (Canadian Free Trade Agreement), Alberta Justice and Solicitor General have reciprocal agreements with other provinces that have regulated security industries with mandatory training. In most cases the individual must provide proof of training and/or a licence from the other provinces.
The following provinces fall under this agreement. This means that training you took in these provinces is currently accepted in Alberta, or if you live in one of these provinces and wish to take the Alberta training, it will qualify in your province:
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General updates the Security Programs Policy and Procedures Manual whenever there are changes related to these training equivalencies. For more information, please contact the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General directly at: email@example.com