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Investigations · Safety · Security

Basic Training Information

All new security guards and private investigators must complete a basic training course and pass the basic ministry test before applying for a licence.

There are different basic training courses for security guards and private investigators. Combined security guard/private investigator courses may also be offered. If you wish to receive a dual licence that allows you to work as both a security guard and a private investigator, you must complete both courses or a combined course.

CRS provides the basic security guard and/or private investigator course. The Security Guard basic training courses is at least 40 hours long, including certification in Emergency Level First Aid. Private Investigator basic training is at least 50 hours long. Combined dual licence basic training courses must be at least 90 hours long, including certification in Emergency Level First Aid and CPR. You can complete basic security guard or private investigator training through our classroom-based course or a web-based course.

Web-Based Training

CGI basic training program aims to ensure that all students security guards and private investigators in each provinces has the knowledge and skills to carry out their work professionally, effectively, safely and lawfully. Security guard course curriculum covers:

  • Introduction to the Security Industry
  • The Private Security and Investigative Services Act and Code of Conduct regulation
  • Basic Security Procedures
  • Report Writing
  • Health and Safety
  • Emergency Response Preparation
  • Canadian Legal System
  • Legal Authorities
  • Effective Communications
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Use of Force Theory
  • Emergency Level First Aid Certification
  • Effective Communications

Private Investigator Course

Topics for the private investigator course:

  • Introduction to the Private Investigation Industry
  • The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005
  • Provincial and Federal Statutes
  • Criminal and Civil Law
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Principles of Ethical Reasoning/Decision-making
  • Key Principles of Communication and Interaction
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Training Completion Number

After you complete the basic training course, you will receive a training completion number from us You would need this number to register for the test.

Ministry Exam

There are many job descriptions for a security guard, but generally it lines up with the following: guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. A Security Guard is expected to circulate among visitors, patrons and employees to preserve order and protect property. They may be required to use force to apprehend or evict any violators from a premises if warnings are not taken seriously.

Guard Training

Some Security Guards must know how to operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas. In some cases, Security Guards are expected to be able to drive motor vehicles to escort individuals to specified locations and to provide personal protection.

A Security Guard must inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, and machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering. Some Security Guards drive and guard armoured vehicle to transport money and valuables to prevent theft and ensure safe delivery.

A Security Guard must be capable of writing reports about the daily activities and irregularities such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons or unusual occurrences. He or she must be well versed in the English Language, able to read and write with proper grammar and spelling.

In addition, many Security Guards are required to have Computer skills – using word processing and spreadsheet programs for database entries.

While on duty, a Security Guard must call the police or fire departments in cases of emergency. Usually, a guard cannot make an official arrest, which is why fast thinking and good communication skills are important when contacting the police or fire department.

A Security Guard is also expected to have knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

As mentioned earlier, the Security Guard must have good communication skills since they are working with all different types of people of different ethnic backgrounds, beliefs and understandings. The Security Guard must show great principles and show adequate processes for providing customer and personal services. The Security Guard must provide help for customer needs make assessment of situations, and above all – have a quality of standards for services that he/she provides.

Finally, a Security Guard must have full knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. These things are imperative for a Security Guard to understand, because these rules and regulations are the basis for all proper actions taken as the Security Guard.

Congratulations on your decision to start your career as a security guard!


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