The Security Services and Investigator’s Act requires any person in Alberta who works in any of the security service positions listed below to have a license. To obtain this license an individual must complete a mandatory training program and write a provincial exam. The course outcomes for this training are intended to provide participants with knowledge and skills in their role and responsibilities as security professionals. Columbia College offers the Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course.
- Security Services (static or mobile)
- Loss Prevention Officers
- Executive Security (body guards)
- In-house Security
- Dog Patrol Services
- Alarm Responders (those who physically respond; not monitoring a screen)
Columbia College is excited to share that 88% of first time writers on the provincial exam who completed the Columbia College online or classroom training program successfully passed the exam. The provincial average success rate for first-time writers is 78%. Completing either Columbia College’s online or classroom training program will assist individuals in achieving success on the provincial exam.
- Online Course
The online course is free for participants who have their mandatory, provincial exam proctored by Columbia College. Please be advised if you are writing your exam at a site other than Columbia College in Calgary, there may be an additional fee.
To access more information or to register for the online course, please click here to go to the website: https://securitytrainingnow.com.
- Classroom-Based Training Course.
For more information regarding our classroom-based training course, please see below.
- Each participant will be provided with a course Participant Manual which complements the course materials, interactive discussion, and video-based exercises which make up this course.
- The Alberta Basic Security Training course consists of seven modules to be taught in a classroom setting over a period of 38.5 hours.
- Upon successful completion of the 38.5 hour security training course an individual will be eligible to write the mandatory provincial exam.
Please refer to the options below for the various Course Delivery options. Courses are offered full time and various part time options are available. Please contact the department for current schedules.
- Full Time Delivery Schedule September 2014 – August 2015
- Weekend Delivery Schedule September 2014 – August 2015
Please note: Other delivery methods are available on an as-needed basis. Please call for more information.
For any questions please contact Columbia College at (403) 235-9300 or by email at email@example.com.
To register in the free online course, go to https://securitytrainingnow.com.
The seven modules which make up the Alberta Basic Security Training course are:
- Module 1: Introduction to the Security Industry
- Module 2: The Canadian Legal System and Security Professionals
- Module 3: Basic Security Procedures
- Module 4: Communication for Security Professionals
- Module 5: Documentation and Evidence
- Module 6: Emergency Response Procedures for Security Professionals
- Module 7: Health & Safety for Security Professionals
To enroll in the course, individuals much meet the following criteria:
- At least 18 years old
- Fluent in speaking English (Level 5 Canadian Language Benchmark)
- No serious criminal convictions that have not been pardoned
ABST also Accepted in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
The BC, MB, and SK governments have accepted the ABST online course as valid training and will be accepted to apply for your license in those provinces. Please see the information before for your province.
The BC government will accept training from Alberta only when accompanied with a valid security worker license from that province. In the case of Alberta, the security license must also read “certified”. This means that you must apply for your Alberta License first in order to then apply for your BC license. Information on this piece of legislation can be found at the following link:
The Manitoba Government recognizes the ABST online course as valid training. Once you have completed the course, successfully passed the provincial exam, and received your certificate you would just have to submit your certificate to be exempt from Manitoba’s mandatory training.
The Saskatchewan government will accept a certificate for the training done online from Columbia College for the ABST course. As Alberta will issue licenses for anyone completing this online training. Saskatchewan will be more than happy to follow their policy. Please see information regarding writing the mandatory provincial exam and locations where this can be arranged.
Authorized Proctoring Sites/Individuals
The following is a list of authorized proctoring sites/individuals as per the Alberta Solicitor General’s office. Any cost associated with using any of these will be the writer’s responsibility to pay due to writing the exam outside of the Province of Alberta.
- Public libraries
- Testing Centres
- Educational Institutions
- Active/Retired Teachers
- Licensed Professionals including Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants (CA, CGA, CMA), and Engineers
- Active/Retired Police Officers
- MLA/MP Offices
Once enrolled in this Continuing Education course and received your course materials, no refund will be issued. If you need to reschedule to another course date, please contact the Program Coordinator at 403- 235-9321.
Columbia College’s tuition and general fees come into effect August 1 of each year.
Tuition for the classroom based course at Columbia College $315
Tuition for the Online Training Course $110
Funding assistance may be available. Please visit an Alberta Works Labour Market Information Centre nearest you for more information. For locations, please click on the link to go their website: http://employment.alberta.ca/CES/2957.html. For more information about the funding, Exposure Course Information.
Upon successful completion of an authorized security training course an individual will be eligible to write the mandatory Solicitor General’s provincial exam. The Solicitor General Registrar will issue the individual license upon passing the exam with 80% or better.
The proctored exam fees are waived for those individuals who have taken the Columbia College Alberta Basic Security Training classroom-based course.
Mandatory Provincial Exam
Columbia College is a certified testing center for the ABST mandatory provincial exam. Individuals who attend the Columbia College classroom-based security training course will receive the provincial exam free of charge.
For those who have not taken the classroom-based security training course with Columbia College, the cost to have your exam proctored is $99.
How to Register
For details on application, selection, admission, and registration procedures please refer to the Admission Process and Information page.
To graduate from the security training course an individual must meet the following criteria:
- Successful completion of the 38.5-hour basic security training course.
Licensing Application Steps
- Take 1 passport-sized photo and two pieces of government issued identification to the police service (in Calgary and Edmonton, use downtown location only).
- Have a member of the police service, peace office, or commissioner of oaths employed by the police service sign the back of your photo.
- Request an employment Police Information Check (PIC) to include
- Vulnerable Sector
- Local database
- The police will provide you with a document attached to your application. Do not submit your application until you have received your final documents or are informed by the police service that the documents will be sent directly to the Ministry.
- Complete all sections of the application form (must be neat and readable) using a computer or print using CAPITAL letters only.
- Sign both part 5 and part 6 (police do not sign your application.
- Photocopy both sides of your government issued identification to include with your application.
- Provide photocopies of proof of training.
- Provide the following additional documents with your application:
- Submit your application with all other documents, ensuring it is completed to:
PO Box 1023 Station Main
Edmonton, AB T5J 2M1If using a courier:
Alberta Solicitor General and Public Safety
9th Floor, 10365 97 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7
Please click here to access a copy of the Security Services and Investigator’s Act (SSIA) License Application. If you have trouble opening this document, you may choose to save the document to your computer and it will save and open.
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