Security Guard Training in British Columbia

Security Guard Training and Licensing in British Columbia

Want to become a Security Guard in British Columbia? Well, you’ve come to the right place to learn the skills required to do the job, get certified and obtain your security guard licence in British Columbia.

Sting is accredited through the Justice Institute of BC and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Policing and Community Safety Branch, Security Programs and Police Technology Division to deliver the mandatory 40-hour “Basic Security Training (BST)”.

Our team of trainers have an extensive background in security and investigations and are here to help guide you every step of the way. Contact us if you need help registering for a course or wish to book a group or would like to book an in-class course at your location. Become a Security Guard in British Columbia today!

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Who is eligible to apply for a security license in British Columbia?

To be eligible for a British Columbia security guard licence you must:

  • be 19 years old
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be fluent in English
  • have no criminal record
  • have no outstanding criminal charges
  • not be the subject of a criminal investigation

Click here to learn about How to Become a Security Guard and what employers are looking for. 

How do I apply for a security worker license in BC?

To become a Security Guard in British Columbia and get your BC Security Guard License and start working, follow these easy steps:

STEP 1: Take the mandatory Basic Security Training (BST) with an approved Training Provider.

STEP 2: Book and pass your Government Exam.

STEP 3: Apply for Security Licence online including having Fingerprints taken – CLICK TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT fingerprint appointment today.

STEP 4: Start working when you receive your Security License!



If you are taking the classroom course, your trainer will provide you will Registration form. If doing the online BST course, you will enrol directly with Sting.

There are 3 options for those who have successfully completed the Basic Security Training (BST) course and exam. Full unrestricted Security Guard (BST Certified) one year is $120, two year $180 and 3 year is $240. You must have and carry a valid security licence on you while working as a security professional in BC.

You must meet all eligibility requirements for a full security guard licence and have successfully completed the Basic Security Training (BST) course and exam.

There is a Security Guard Under-Supervision 90-day temporary option for those who are enrolled in the BST course, temporary workers, pub/bar staff, special event workers who need to work while they taking the course.

The course is broken down into five (5) modules.  Click here to view the course description.

Yes! The online training is the equivalent to the classroom training but can be done in your own time, whenever and wherever you can get to the internet.

The course is 40-hours.  If you take it online it could take 1-2 weeks, plus 1 week after you take the exam. Processing of your application (by the Registrar) may take as long as 6 weeks, so the earlier you apply the better.

SEGI covers the provincial exam fee for your first exam. You may only attempt the exam three times.

Once you have completed all the training and passed the final online exam with 60% or better, SEGI will help you book your exam.

You must achieve 60% or above to receive a Certificate of Completion.

It takes about 5-7 business days to receive your results and Certificate of Completion.

There is a zero tolerance cheating policy. If you are caught cheating, then you will be expelled from the exam and not permitted to continue. 

Click here to learn how to book your provincial exam.

You have up to 3 times to write the exam. The first $50 fee is included in your course fee. If you fail your exam you can rebook another exam but there will be a $50 fee.

SEGI works with a number of security companies who are actively recruiting professionals.  Go to to see the latest employment opportunities.

You will receive an email with your official exam results and Certificate of Completion within 5-7 business days of completing your exam.

No. Once you take the 40-hour course and pass the government exam, you do not have to retake the course again.  You have to submit a renewal application with a new photo, ID, criminal record checks, application form and payment. 

Yes. A Security Worker Under Supervision license is good for 90 Days – licensing fee $60.

If you have a criminal record or have been charged, your application for a BC security licence may not be approved. The decision is up to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Policing and Community Safety Branch, Security Programs and Police Technology Division.

If you have been charged or a suspect of an investigation, the Ministry may put your licence under review and suspend or revoke your licence pending outcome of investigation or trial.

The Registrar of Security Services may investigate complaints from members of the public about licensed security workers and businesses in British Columbia. If, after investigating, the Registrar decides that a security worker or business has violated a licence condition, the Code of Conduct, the Security Services Regulation or the Security Services Act, the Registrar can impose a penalty under the act. The Registrar will inform the complainant of the results of the investigation.

The Complaints Process Policy provides detailed information about making a complaint.

No, individuals licensed under The Private Investigators and Security Guards Act may not carry any type of restricted weapon.

Yes. You must take the Advanced Security Training (AST) before handcuffs or restraining devices can be used.

No, security guards and private investigators are prohibited from the possession/use of pepper spray as it is a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code.


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