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.  It covers all the material you need to know to take your exam to get your Security Services license. 


Tip of Spear offers two ways to take this course: in-person at our classroom facility in Edmonton, or online at your own pace.

Alberta Basic Security Training

"Went for my ABST exam this morning with pre study, Dave was awesome helped me realize a lot of things with the course and I'm positive I passed the course all because of his awesome teaching skills."

- Matt J.

How do you get your security guard (Security Services) license? Click on the links to see more information below.

  1. Complete your ABST course (online or classroom options are below)

  2. Pass your government proctored exam

  3. Apply for your security license

"Great interaction with classroom to book study, overview of test questions verbally. Hands on learning with scenarios were a good eye opener!"

- Student

Duration: 40 hours

This course includes the following content:

  • 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

PLUS: the provincial proctored exam (at our facility in Edmonton) is included in the cost of the course. See Proctored Exam for more information.

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.

Classroom Course

Learn in-person with other students, in an interactive, engaging learning experience.

Online Course

Learn online 24/7 at home, at your convenience and your own pace.

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: 5 days

In-Class Training Cost: 

$270 + GST to borrow a facility copy of the manual for the week

or $310 + GST to purchase a paper Manual to keep and take home at the end of the week

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:

  • Alberta Basic Security Training: February 22 to 26, 2021. Mon-Fri
    Feb 22, 8:45 AM – Feb 26, 4:30 PM
    Tip Of Spear Inc, 11217 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 1W6, Canada
    This is the required course to get your Security Services license.
  • Alberta Basic Security Training: March 22 to 26, 2021. Mon-Fri
    Mar 22, 8:45 AM – Mar 26, 4:30 PM
    Tip Of Spear Inc, 11217 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 1W6, Canada
    This is the required course to get your Security Services license.
  • Alberta Basic Security Training: April 26th to 30th, 2021. Mon-Fri
    Apr 26, 8:45 AM – Apr 30, 4:30 PM
    Tip Of Spear Inc, 11217 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 1W6, Canada
    This is the required course to get your Security Services license.

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.

Register for the Online Course


We offer an accredited online program to take at your convenience - at your own pace and schedule.  You have 90 days to complete this course from the day you register.

We recommend the ABST Online Plus course as our best value, which includes the online practice exam, and our instructor-led review the morning of the Government Proctored exam to fully prepare you to pass your exam.


Why choose Tip of Spear to take this training?

Long story short, 4 reasons:

  1. We have a very high pass rate for the exam. We have added a lot of additional content to the course to make sure you learn everything you need to to pass the exam. Plus, we have an optional instructor-led review the morning before the exam and several practice exams that will prepare you well.

  2. We also provide proctored exams right here in our facility so you can get licensed to work in security services in Alberta as soon as possible.

  3. 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!

  4. We go above and beyond to provide advanced training and guidance on how to get your license and find a job.

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.

At Tip of Spear, our job is to ensure that you know how to make safe decisions, know your authorities of when you can and cannot act, and keep you growing towards your career goals. We have successfully trained thousands of people over almost 10 years and our reputation with this program is well-known in the industry. 

Tip of Spear provides the following support for classroom course students, above and beyond the course itself: 

  1. You will receive experienced instruction in the program.

  2. You will receive a copy of the course study manual (to borrow in class or to purchase). If you wish to pick up your manual in advance of the first day of your course please contact us to book an appointment to pick it up.

  3. Our office administration staff will assist you in completing the security guard licence application.

  4. You will receive a test review program to ensure you are ready for your government test.

  5. We will host and have the government proctored exam scheduled at our facility as part of the program requirement, which is included in your course fee.  Please note that re-writes are an additional fee.

  6. You will be part of a material review to ensure you have all the answers you need to be successful with the testing. If you are taking this course online, it is only available for ABST Plus. 


Take your Proctored Exam

Once the training has been FULLY completed, you must attend  pass the government proctored exam to be able to apply for your license.  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.


Apply for your Security Services License

For students who passed the exam, certificates are issued by the Solicitor General of Alberta (NOT Tip of Spear) within two (2) to three (3) weeks of the exam, and sent to you by mail.  Once you receive your certificate, you must apply for your Security Services license by ensuring you have everything in the checklist, and completing and submitting the application form. 


List of requirements to obtain your Security Services License:

  1. You will need to obtain a Police Clearance or letter of endorsement from your employer or a current Security License. (Prior to Licensing, not the course.)

  2. Must be at least 18 years in age (16 if also applying for a Locksmith Apprentice Training Licence).

  3. Fluent in speaking English.

  4. A Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada.

  5. No serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

  6. No outstanding criminal charges.

  7. Not the subject of a criminal investigation.

  8. Successful completion of training requirements for the class(es) of licence being sought.

  9. Successful completion of baton training if seeking authority to carry a baton.

  10. Successfully pass the proctored exam. 

The security service licensing fee through the government is $100. Your licence is valid for 2 years. The renewal process is the same as the initial application. For more information, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/security-service-worker-licence.aspx

NOTE COVID-19 Changes:  Currently the Nexus center for Police background checks is closed.  The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is working on an online option to get your background check completed.  Check the following link for details https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/pics

As well the Solicitor General of Alberta have temporarily changed the requirement to “passport size photo’s do not have to be signed or stamped by police or commissionaire of oath for the time being”

License Application Checklist:

Application Form:

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