Attention current and interested students:

As the industry leader for the delivery of training courses for security guards and private investigators, we at Security Guard Course Inc. are sharing with you the latest updates on industry and licensing news with daily updates.  Please check back for updates as we intend to continue to be the trusted source for information for new and existing students in Ontario and Alberta.


January, 2021


Online exams in Ontario!


Ontario Exams

On October 20, 2020, Serco Canada Inc. (Serco) launched a pilot project for the online testing of security guards.  A small number of candidates who had scheduled and paid for an in-person test at a Serco location were offered the opportunity to participate in the pilot project by completing their test online. With the completion of a successful pilot project, online testing will be now be available as a standard service offering in English and French for security guards and private investigators, effective January 18, 2021. The online testing option will be available in addition to in-person testing at Serco test locations which will continue.

Similar to the in-person testing policy, candidates who pass the online test will be eligible to apply for their security guard and/or private investigator license using the online or mailed-in channels supported by ServiceOntario. Where candidates do not pass the test, they will be required to pay the test fee for any subsequent attempts to write the test. In addition to a laptop/desktop computer with reliable internet connection, please visit Serco’s website for technical requirements to participate in online testing.

On December 21, 2020, the government announced a provincewide lockdown based on public health advice to slow current community transmission of COVID-19. Please note that, until further notice, Serco will continue to offer testing services that adhere to public health guidance. Candidates will continue to be required to schedule both online and in-person tests in advance and adhere to all public health measures as laid out by public health officials and put in place by Serco. Candidates who fail to comply with protocols set out at test centre locations could be denied entry and prevented from taking the test.

First Aid Classes

First Aid classes are open and being booked.  Check our schedule here.

Alberta Exams

We are excited to offer you an approved ONLINE ABST exam.  The exam fee is $60 and is paid when you register for your exam.

As per Alberta Justice, “If training providers and proctors wish to continue to provide services, they can.  At this time the Security Programs office is continuing to operating although with greatly reduced staffing.

Training providers may provide copies of the exam report sheet to participants.  Participants may use this as proof of training to apply at their local registry, if open, or send their application to our office for processing.  Certificates may be delayed.”


To assist the industry during this time, an Order in Council has been issued under section 52.1(3) of the Public Health Act, extending the expiry dates to allow businesses and individuals to continue to operate.


The expiry dates will be extended on all business and individual licenses expiring between March 9, 2020, and July 1, 2020 and remain subsisting and valid until midnight July 2, 2020. This will allow the businesses and individuals to continue to operate.


Visit our website for more information.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta  and organizations and agencies that support licensing under the Security Services and Investigators Act (such as Alberta Registries, police services providing criminal record checks, training providers, and ABST/AIT exam proctors) may have reduced services, reduced hours or be closed.  The Security Program will be monitoring all email accounts and do its best to respond to your enquiries.

The Registrar is reviewing options for addressing licensing and renewal disruptions. This message will be updated as new information is available.

For forms and more information on Security Programs, visit

For general information on signing up and beginning your online security guard or private investigator course, please click here.