Training and Testing 

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 Alberta Basic Security Training                                  

Effective June 1, 2011, all applicants1 for a security workers licence in Alberta must successfully complete a mandatory training course or provide proof of equivalent training in order to qualify for a licence.  Existing licensees and individuals renewing a licence are not required to complete mandatory training at this time. See the SSIA Approved Training Course Provider List above to find a course.

This training applies to the following licence classes: 

  • Security Service Workers
  • Executive Protection Workers
  • Loss Prevention Workers
  • Patrol Dog Handlers2
  • Security Alarm Responders 

Alberta Basic Security Training Course (ABST)
This is the Government of Alberta’s basic security training course.  Companies can licence this course for use in training.  Click the links for more information on licensing the ABST and the application form.

Accredited Basic Security Training Courses (AccBST)
Accredited basic security training courses have been reviewed by and accredited by the Ministry.  These courses meet the same training standards as the ABST.  Companies offering AccBST will have a Certificate of Accreditation issued by the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, Security Programs, as proof of accreditation.  Accreditation must be renewed every 3 years.  For more information, contact the Accreditation Analyst at solgps.training@gov.ab.ca.

Investigator Training

Mandatory training requirements for applicants for investigator licences will come into effect in September 2012.  All applicants for an investigator licence in Alberta must successfully complete a mondatory training course or provide proof of equivalency training in order to qualify for a licence. Existing licensees and individuals renewing a licence are not required to complete mandatory training at this time.  See the SSIA Approved Training Course Provider List above to find a course.

If a course is not available, please email solgps.training@gov.ab.ca for assistance.

Alberta PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATOR Training Course (AIT)
This is the Government of Alberta’s basic investigator training course.  Companies can licence this course for use in training.  Click the links for more information on licensing the AIT and the application form.

Accredited INVESTIGATOR Training Courses (AccIT)
Accredited investigator training courses have been reviewed by and accredited by the Ministry.  These courses meet the same training standards as the AIT.  Companies offering AccIT will have a Certificate of Accreditation issued by the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, Security Programs, as proof of accreditation.  Accreditation must be renewed every 3 years.  For more infomation, contact the Accreditation Analyst at solgps.training@gov.ab.ca.

 

EQUIVALENT TRAINING
The Government of Alberta recognizes that individuals seeking licensing as security professionals in Alberta may have received training in other jurisdiction or acquired other training that will meet the standards of the Province.  See Section 9.0 of the SSIA Policy Manual for a complete list of equivalent training options.

Government Final Exams
Final exams for security and investigator training are administered through the Province.  Participants must achieve a grade of 80% or higher to pass.  Training certificates will be issued by the Province within 1 week of completion of the final exam.  Clink the links for the SSIA Provincial Examination Process, exam/proctor scheduling forms and requests to certified proctors.

Challenge Exams:  Some individuals may qualify to challenge the provincial exam if they can demonstrate proficiency in the subject areas identified in section 9.0 of the SSIA Policy Manual.  Submit a written request to challenge the exam outlining experience and training/studies to solgps.training@gov.ab.ca.  To prepare for the exam, study the ABST Course Manual (security exam) or AIT Course Manual (investigator exam).

1 Applies to new applicants and applicants that previously held a licence that has expired.    2 Does not include specialized training for handling and working with a dog.  Training standards for Handlers/ Dogs are established by the employer.

 Baton/Use-of-Force Training

 Batons may be used while on duty ONLY if authorized by the employer.

Effective June 1, 2010, individual applicants and licensees wishing to carry and use batons while on duty must complete one of the following approved baton training courses:

ACCREDITED BATON/USE-OF-FORCE TRAINING COURSE
Accredited baton/use-of-force training courses have been reviewed by and accredited by the Ministry.  These courses meet established standards for similar Ministry training courses.  Companies offering accredited baton/use-of-force training will have a Certificate of Accreditation issued by the Ministry as proof of accreditation.  Accreditation must be renewed every 3 years.  Click on the links for more information on having a baton/use-of-force course accredited and the application form

PRESSURE POINTS CONTROL TACTICS TRAINING COURSE (PPCT)
PPCT Courses must be taught by an instructor with an instructor certificate that is no more than 3 years old.  The course must be minimum 40 hours; at least 8 hours must be dedicated to baton training.

Corporate Baton/Use-of-Force Policy:  Companies wishing to allow employees to use batons must submit a Baton/Use-of-Force Policy to the Registrar for approval prior to implementing a baton program.  Contact the Licensing Department for more information on developing a Baton/Use-of-Force Policy.  Please allow ample time to complete the review and revision process.

Trainer Accreditation

Accredited Trainers

Trainers conducting ABST, AccBST and Baton/Use-of-Force training courses must be accredited by the Ministry.  Accreditation is valid for 3 years.  Qualified PPCT Trainers, with current certification, are not required to undergo accreditation for the purposes of teaching the 40-hour PPCT course.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in the security or investigation industries plus experience and/or training as follows:  

  • Experience as a trainer in the use of batons (baton trainers only)
  • Instructor or teaching certification from a recognized institution
  •  Experience as a police or military trainer
  • Government approved trainers for approved provincial security training programs in BC, ON, SK and MB
  •  Experience as a trainer or instructor for a similar type of training program

Click the links for more information on trainer accreditation and application forms.

For a list of accredited trainers, check this site in January 2011.

Locksmith Apprenticeship Program

Effective June 1, 2011, all applicants for a locksmith licence must hold the following certification to qualify for a licence in Alberta:

JOURNEYMAN CERTIFICATE
Applicants must have successfully completed an approved Locksmith Apprenticeship Program or Provincial equivalency qualification prior to being issued a licence.  “Journeyman Locksmith” will be noted on all licences that meet this standard.

Transition to SSIA:  Locksmith licences issued under previous legislation expired on May 31, 2010.  All locksmiths licensed under previous legislation must apply for a new licence under the Security Services and Investigators Act immediately.  For this group of licensees, existing training and experience will be accepted for licensing under the new Act and licensees will not be required to undergo additional training unless they allow their licence to lapse and do not hold a Journeyman Certificate.


LOCKSMITH APPRENTICES
Locksmith Apprentices must hold a valid Locksmith Apprentices Training Licence while they are enrolled in an approved Locksmith Apprenticeship Program. Visit the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology’s program website at www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca for more information about the Locksmith Apprenticeship Program.

 

Automotive Lock Bypass Workers and Locksmith Equipment Sales and Promotion Workers

 

Applicants for the automotive lock bypass and locksmith equipment sales and promotion workers licences are not required to complete mandatory training at this time.