Apr 17 / Kennedy Kao

How To Apply For a Security Guard Licence in Ontario

A male Flex Point Security guard smiling as he stands outside of a client's site next to a door and yellow pole
If you want to be a security guard in Ontario, the first thing you have to do is get a security licence. The training you receive while obtaining your licence will ensure you are qualified to protect what matters to your client. This insight will reveal the steps you must take to become a licensed security guard in Ontario.

Eligibility Requirements for Ontario Security Guards

To obtain a security guard licence, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be eligible to work in Canada (visit the Government of Canada if you are unsure)
  • You must have a clean criminal record
  • You must complete the necessary training and testing to acquire a licence

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can sign up and complete the required training and exams.

Complete An Ontario Security Guard Training Course

You must complete a 40-hour Ontario Security Guard Training course from a training provider approved by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Finishing this course is mandatory for all aspiring security guards. You can complete this training course online or in person at a private career college, community college, or a licensed agency.

Receive Your Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C Certification

It is mandatory to have an Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C certification to apply for your security licence. Your 40-hour training course might not cover this requirement, so it's important to check and sign up for a course or service provider where you can get your certification There are many colleges, community centres, and hospitals where you can receive your First Aid certification. 

Pass Your Licensing Exam

After completing your Ontario Security Guard Training course, you must pass an exam administrated by Ontario Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing (SERCO). The exam will contain 60 multiple-choice questions, and you must score 62% to pass. You will be tested on material taught in your security guard training course.

You will have received a training completion number (TCN) from your training course; use this number to register. Each test costs CDN $35 plus tax. You can retake the exam if you fail.

Apply For Your Ontario Security Guard Licence

Once you pass your licensing exam, you can officially apply for your Ontario Security Guard licence. It will cost $80 to get your licence.

ServiceOntario asks for the following materials:

  • Passport Quality Photo (50 x 70mm)
  • Valid Government Issued Photo Identification
  • Completed Guarantor Information Form
  • Proof of Eligibility to Work in Canada

Sign Up For Flex Point Academy’s Security Guard Training Course

At Flex Point Academy, we are ministry approved to administer the necessary training you need to obtain your license.

Our Security Guard Training Course covers the following topics:

  • Regulations and Basic Security Procedures
  • Report Writing
  • Emergency Response Preparation
  • Understanding the Canadian Legal System
  • Communication and Sensitivity Training
  • Use of Force Theory

After completing our course, we will assign you a Training Completion Number and help you book your licensing test. We’ll help you navigate any questions or concerns to ensure a successful exam. If you obtain your licence under our guidance, Flex Point Academy will give you priority consideration to work under our affiliate company, Flex Point Security.

Flex Point Academy offers the following courses, among many others: