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My Ontario Security License: Security Guard Training Basics

Ontario Security License

My Ontario Security License: Security Guard Training Basics

In the world of a private Security Guard, training is of the utmost importance. Prior to attempting your Security Guard license exam in Ontario, be sure to take the necessary Ontario Security License training. Not only will this training provide you with the background you need to succeed in your exam, but it will prepare you for eventual work in the field and the various scenarios you may be faced with as a Security Guard in Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Mississauga and across Ontario.

In this blog post, we will review some basic topics of Security Guard training in Ontario and help to guide you through the first steps on your path to obtaining your license.

What Can I Expect In My Security Guard Training Course?

Your Security Guard course will aim to prepare you for the Security Guard industry and the general procedures that are involved in the work. Whether you are interested in the field of airport security, special event security, mall security or various other positions in the field, there are some basics that you must grasp to ensure your safety and to ensure you are effective in your role.

Expect a minimum of 33.5 hours of online training and one day of Emergency Level First Aid training, or 40 hours of in class time. In terms of topics, Security Guard training and the suggested syllabus is governed by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  The Ministry includes such training content as report writing, health and safety, use of force theory and the use of effective communication. Let’s take a look at some of these categories to see what you can expect during your Security Guard training.

Ontario Security Guard Report Writing

Since Security Guards in Ontario are required to have a diverse set of skills, knowing how to write a proper report is key for your duties. Observing actions and behaviours in the field and accurately describing them in your reports are important for proper communication of events that occurred during your shift. Knowing how to write based on the five “W’s” (who, what, where, when and why) in a clear and concise format while keeping your opinion to yourself is key.  Just the facts please!

Health And Safety

This part of your Ontario Security Guard training will provide you with important knowledge and skills in health and safety related matters. As safety of yourself, the general public, and your co-workers is paramount, these health and safety lessons are crucial for preparing you for success in obtaining your Ontario Security Guard license and also while you are in the field. Topics covered will include the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Security Guard Use Of Force Training

One of the most common questions about a Security Guard’s role involves the legal use of force and how it can be applied by Security Guards in Ontario. This section of your training will involve understanding the Criminal Code of Canada and also the importance of good decision making, prioritizing safety, and conflict avoidance. While certification is not a requirement for your license, understanding the theory and concept is.  The course outline for Use of Force Training can be found here.

How To Communicate Effectively As A Security Guard

Communication is central to the duties of a Security Guard in Ontario. Reporting information over your radio is key to helping your team understand the variety of situations you may witness or be involved in. As part of your Security Guard training, be sure to study the important Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) “10” Codes. These Radio Ten Codes are essential for communication and there are 100 commonly used codes to know about, and some of these may be appear on your Ontario Security Guard license exam as they also appear in the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services study guide for the exam.

Examinations And Security Guard Licensing In Ontario

The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 requires that all candidates for a Security Guard license in Ontario meet the following:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • Possess a clean criminal record

These requirements are the same in all cities in Ontario, including large urban centres such as Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga and Ottawa. To explore a more in-depth Q&A on Security Guard courses and licensing in Ontario, click here.

Security Guard Training Courses

If you meet the basic requirements listed above, and are interested in finding a Security Guard training course, know that Security Guard Course (SGC) offers an online training course that covers the required topics and knowledge that will prepare you for your Security Guard exam in Ontario. Visit their website here for more information.

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