Security License Training Prepares Participants for Ontario License

Security License Preparation Training

Ontario’s security industry is booming, with some 70,000 practitioners currently licensed in the province.  Opportunities for career advancement and growth are tremendous, both in Ontario and across Canada.  From uniformed security guards to special events security; from retail loss prevention to corporate services, employment opportunities within the private security industry continue to grow.  And the first step to employment is an Ontario security license.

In Ontario, a security license is issued by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) under the authority of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA).  And the first step to a security license is successful completion of CSPIS’ basic security license preparation course.

Security training can include personal protection

Security Guard on Personal Protection Detail

Security License Training Requirements

Every security guard in Ontario must pass through security license training to qualify for a security license.  CSPIS’ basic security license preparation course includes all the Ministry-identified competencies necessary to develop employment readiness skills for a security license and to challenge Ontario’s mandatory security license examination.  Security license training consists of an intensive 40 hour program.  The  course is both stimulating and challenging, helping students go from ‘learning to earning’ quickly.  The program runs over 5 days, from Monday to Friday, with classes held daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  During the week, students will participate in an intensive training regimen consisting of an immersion in related security issues, challenges and concerns, developing an understanding of both their function and role, and the laws and regulations under which they serve.  Also included in the program is a mandatory emergency first aid component preparing students to react quickly in the event of a medical emergency.

In-Class Security Training

Seurity training includes mandatory emergency first aid.

Security Training Includes Mandatory Emergency First Aid

At CSPIS, we strongly believe that relevant career preparation skills are best taught in a live, interactive setting where students learn from experienced trainers and can be evaluated and assessed as they begin to establish an employment foundation to carry them forward.  That’s why all our training is done in class, with a low student to teacher ratio.  Our goal is to help every participant reach his or her own best potential.

Our basic security guard license preparation training program  covers the ministry required components in a challenging, yet easy-to-follow format. Our training is laid out in a logical, relevant manner, designed to allow every student to achieve or exceed ministry standards and to obtain license and employment readiness skills.  Our instructors help bring the material to life, allowing students to understand their role and responsibility as a law enforcement professional.

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Security guards monitor security systems

Security Guards Monitoring Advanced Security System

Course Content

[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Introduction to the Security Industry” style=”fancy”] The private security industry is offers broad and diverse employment opportunities.  From personal protection/body guard to commercial loss prevention specialist; from special events security to routine security patrols, the industry offers unlimited potential for personal and professional growth.  Students will be introduced to some of the important employment avenues within the industry. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”The Private Security and Investigative Services Act” style=”fancy”] The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, is Ontario’s primary legislation regulating the private security industry and those whom it employs.  Every competent guard must be familiar with this governing legislation and the regulations it imposes.  Just about every aspect of a professional guard’s function is regulated the Act, from uniform requirements through to the guard’s Code of Conduct will be emphasized during this portion of the program. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Basic Security Procedures” style=”fancy”] Every day professional security guards are responsible for the security of client premises and property, and the safety those persons who live, work or have reason to be there.  As such, security guards must be well trained and highly capable of meeting the anticipated challenges and responsibilities by demonstrating competence in important related areas.

Developing an ability to gain familiarity with the security environment and be able identify irregularities is essential to maintaining situational awareness; being familiar with basic surveillance procedures and the technology which can assist, understanding the importance of proper access control and the potential threats which can emanate from the buildup of crowds are all essential skills for the security guard to posses.

Understanding the fact that the use of drugs in society can lead to pressing security issues and concern ranging from jeopardizing the health of users and the safety those around them, qualified security guards must learn the signs and symptoms of drug impairment and the possible associated consequences.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Report Writing” style=”fancy”] Full documentation is an essential task of a professional security guard.  Proper documentation ensures all concerned posses a clear understanding of important events and have the foundation necessary to identify facts and establish evidence.  A security guard must be familiar with the basic of professional notes and maintain excellent note-taking skills.  As well, the security guard must be able to create accurate and timely incident and occurrence reports.  Finally, security guards must be aware of and familiar with issues surrounding the evidentiary value of legal documentation. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Health and Safety” style=”fancy”]Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act seeks to ensure employers are responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment while employees are responsible to work safely.  Covering numerous important aspects and elements, security guard must develop a general familiarity with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).  The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is aligned in Canada with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  This system helps ensure that potentially hazardous chemicals are clearly identified along with additional provisions.  Security guards should be familiar with WHMIS as part of health and safety training.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Emergency Response Preparation” style=”fancy”]Fires, bomb threats, weapons emergencies, suspicious packages, explosions, natural disasters — these are some of the constant threats security guards help protect against.  Security guards must be familiar with appropriate responses to a given threat so that risk exposure can be minimized where possible, along with some of the laws related to responding to or controlling many threats.  And if an unexpected event should come to pass, the guard must be capable of isolating and securing a crime scene so that vital evidence can be preserved for examination.  This section of the course will focus on emergency response preparation to help provide the guard with confidence while facing emergency situations and will help instill the an understanding for the guard’s role while interacting with emergency first responders.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Canadian Legal System” style=”fancy”] Canada’s legal system is made up of various laws, guidelines and procedures derived from myriad sources.  Different levels of government pass different types of laws regulating expected standards of conduct within those aspects of social interaction over which that government has jurisdiction.  Criminal laws passed by the federal government apply equally throughout the nation, while provincial laws passed by any particular province apply only within its own borders.  Finally, municipalities create by-laws to effect requirements within the particular City.  These laws work together to help keep Canadians safe and secure and, when necessary, Canada’s criminal and civil courts address violations under the law.  This section of the course will help guards understand the nature of Canada’s legal system and the origins of the important laws the guard is expected to help enforce.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Legal Authorities” style=”fancy”] Based on an understanding of Canada’s legal system, students will be introduced to some key areas of law essential to effectively providing security services.  Students will learn about the Canadian Criminal Code and the different levels of offences it creates; the course will help explore the Trespass to Property Act, the Employment Standards Act, federal and provincial privacy legislation, and important statutes of great importance to the guard.

Students will also be exposed to the nature of tort law in Canada and how torts differ from criminal acts, along with the anticipated consequences faced by anyone who commits a civil wrong (tort) [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Effective Communication” style=”fancy”] Effective communication involves more than simply giving orders or instructions.  It involves the process of being clearly understood by alll persons based on the particular situation, requirements and circumstances.  A qualified security guard must be understood regardless of the circumstances; whether directing a member of the public; interviewing a witness or confronting an undesirable.  This section of the course will help the student develop an understanding of the role of effective communication in provide security services to the public in a competent and conscientious way. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Sensitivity Training” style=”fancy”] Canada is made up of a rich and diverse population.  Canadians come from virtually every corner of the world, and reflect every level of ability.  Diversity is part of the Canadian fabric.  Hence, security guards must be capable of interacting professionally with everybody, regardless of level of ability; knowledge of Canada’s official languages or background.  Avoiding bias and discrimination should be the goal and commitment of every guard, and this section of the course will provide a strong foundation in doing so. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Use of Force Theory” style=”fancy”]The Canadian Criminal Code is very specific as to conditions under which force might be applied and the ramifications surrounding the use of excessive force. Canada’s national Use of Force Framework provides an important guideline surrounding use of force options in critical circumstances. A security guard should be familiar with these provisions as part of developing a general understanding related to use of force theory. This section of the course discusses crucial issues surrounding use of force, as well as helping students understand important issues such as excited delirium and its potential impact in provision of security services.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Emergency Level First Aid Certification” style=”fancy”] Every security guard must be in a position to provide emergency first aid where circumstances require it. Not only is emergency first aid training mandatory for security guard licensing, but it’s essential for every Canadian to know, especially those who work on the front lines, interacting with a wide range of individuals on a daily basis. This emergency first aid program will certify students in emergency level first aid and will be an important component in adding skill and confidence to the individual guard’s ability to provide effective security services. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

Our Campus

CSPIS offers its students a comfortable learning environment featuring large, well-equipped classrooms; an enjoyable learning experience; and student services support with dedicated educational counselors and support staff. And with over 30 year experience training students for employment in Ontario’s demanding private sector of law enforcement, CSPIS has the experience and the expertise to help you prepare for industry demands!

Program Cost and Payment Options

Full program tuition is $299.00.  There are no hidden fees.  The tuition cost includes all registration fees and course materials, including first aid certification. Students can pay tuition upon registration or arrange for a payment plan.  Registration can be done in person at our campus in Toronto, located at 2828 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON  M6B 3S3, or by email.  And remember, career counselors are available to assist with any training or employment questions.

Course Start Dates and Schedules

Courses start on a regular basis.  Call to find out the next available starting date.

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