How to Apply for your Security Guard Licence
Applying for your Alberta Security Services Licence can seem daunting, so we have simplified it in an easy-to-understand procedure. Follow this guide if you have never got your licence before, or if your licence is over 90 days expired.
STEP 1: Check to make sure you meet these basic requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age
Fluent in speaking English. (Level 5 benchmark)
A Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada.
No serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.
No outstanding criminal charges.
Not the subject of a criminal investigation.
Complete approved Alberta Basic Security Training course
Successfully pass the proctored government exam with a score of 80% or higher
STEP 2: Gather the following information together:
Completed and signed Individual Licence Application section of the Application Form
Proof of Identification
a. If born in Canada, a copy of either:
i. Birth certificate
ii. Valid Canadian passport
iii. Native Status Card
b. If born outside of Canada, a copy of either:
i. Citizenship document
ii. Valid work permit
iii. Permanent resident card
iv. Valid Canadian passport
Note that non-Canadian identification documents will NOT be accepted. If you are mailing in your application, provide photocopies of the front and back of your documents.
1 current colour passport photo (2 3/4" x 2")
(You can get one done at many places, such as London Drugs or Costco.)
Original Police Information Check documents including:
a. CIPC / National
b. Vulnerable Sector
c. Local Database
You can request this online here: https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/pics
Note that this costs $76 and these documents expire after 90 days.
Completion certificate of approved Alberta Basic Security Training course
Solicitor General exam passing certificate or your signed grade sheet emailed to you
For students who pass 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.
Baton certification training certificate and authorization letter from employer only if seeking authority to carry a baton.
If you are mailing your application, provide a copy of your baton recertification training certificate and letter.
Application fee of $100 + additional processing fees.
STEP 3: Submit your application package
Mail it to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
PO Box 1023 Station Main
Drop it off at Alberta Justice and Solicitor General:
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 St. NW
Drop it off at a registry to get a temporary license:
If you are in the Edmonton area, this one is recommended:
Registry on Wye Ltd.
#440, 450 Ordze Road
Sherwood Park, AB T8B 0C5
Call before going to ensure they are open due to COVID-19. Also note that if your Police Information check is not absolutely clear, and/or you are on a study or work permit, you must submit your application my mail only.
If your application is approved, you'll get a temporary licence that's valid for 60 days emailed to you. Your licence card will be mailed to the address in your application. You must provide a photocopy of your licence card to your employer and carry the original with you while you’re working.
General Information about the Security Services Licence
The security service licensing fee through the government is $100. Your licence is valid for 2 years. You are responsible for ensuring you renew your security guard licence every two years as you are not permitted to work with an expired licence. Your individual licence is portable, which means your licence is still valid if you change employers or if you work for multiple employers.
For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions section, or visit: https://www.alberta.ca/security-service-worker-licence.aspx