This course package includes both the online Security Guard Course and Private Investigator Course and meets the Ministry requirements for both. Once completed, the Student will be eligible to write both exams and apply for their Dual License. Emergency Level First Aid (which is a requirement of the Security Guard Course) is included if the student can attend a class listed here. For those who cannot attend one of these First Aid classes, the student must attain Emergency Level First Aid and CPR locally.
What is a Dual Licence?
When you have a dual licence, you are able to work both as a security guard and as a private investigator in Ontario. If you are thinking about entering the security industry, you should seriously consider getting a dual licence. When you have either the security guard or private investigator licence you will only be able to gain employment in one sector of the industry and be limited in opportunity. When you have a dual licence you will have the advantage of improved employability. Having a dual licence will broaden your job search, and you will increase your choices when it comes to the area of the private security or investigation field you wish to work in.
Holding a dual licence to be both a security guard and a private investigator has grown more popular with students and is viewed more favourably by employers. Our course is designed to prepare you for what you will experience in the real world. You will receive the full Ministry approved lessons for both a security guard and private investigator, and you will learn how the skills complement each other.
Why Having a Dual Licence is Valuable
As private sector security and investigations continue to expand, holders of dual licences will find that they can enjoy a more successful career in the security industry. It will also allow you to join security guard and private investigator agencies with both skill sets and a well-rounded education which will serve you well in the field.
Even if you only plan on sticking to one sector of the security industry, you will find that it’s useful to have a background in both security and private investigation. A dual licence will enhance your security guard work by improving your investigative skills and legal knowledge. In addition to securing and guarding a location, your private investigator lessons will aid in assessing situations, identifying threats, and more.
By going through security guard training, you will learn when use of force is necessary, the limitations to which you can use force, as well as self-defence techniques. Private investigators can find themselves in tricky situations at times, so it is essential to have basic self-defence skills.
Security Guard Course
Our security guard training will cover everything you need to know to pass your Ontario Security Guard Licence exam. Comprised of 12 lessons and designed by security experts, you are guaranteed to come out with all the knowledge you need to be a confident and competent security guard.
Our security guard course is a total of 40 hours; 33.5 hours of online modules and a one-day Emergency Level First Aid lesson. Here’s a breakdown of what you will learn in each lesson:
Welcome and Licensing Process
This lesson consists of a brief introduction to the security industry. You’ll get a brief overview of the legislation as it applies to private investigators and security guards and how it will affect you in your role.
The Private Security and Investigative Services Act and Ministry Code of Conduct
In this lesson, you’ll get a detailed look at your responsibilities, according to the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA). You’ll want to pay close attention to the Code of Conduct, as it will outline basic rules and regulations you need to be aware of.
Basic Security Procedures
As a security guard, you will need to have a comprehensive understanding of security procedures. Basic security procedures such as surveillance techniques, the protection of personal information, and a comprehensive overview of various forms of access control and technologies used to control the movement of persons.
Writing reports is actually an integral part of being a private investigator and a security professional. You need to learn how to properly record and timeline information such as the descriptions of people, events and emergencies. In this lesson, you will learn how to complete the typical written reports required by security guards and private investigators. The necessary skills for note taking and writing witness statements will be explained and examples given.
Health and Safety
You will gain a working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). You will be able to apply this knowledge wherever you work.
Emergency Response Preparation
You will be taught how to identify and respond to emergency situations in a timely manner. The First Aid and CPR course will supplement this lesson’s training, and provide more detailed instructions on how to address emergency situations.
Canadian Justice System
You are working towards a job that is subject to and adheres to the Canadian justice system, so it is important to follow the laws and regulations. In this lesson you will become familiar with the Criminal Court System, the Ontario Evidence Act, as well as the Canada Evidence Act.
Here, you will learn about important legislation as it relates to your role as a security guard, as well as about the Criminal Code of Canada, Municipal bylaws, and the elements of tort law.
Students will learn how to respond professionally and effectively in their role. The three main components of this lesson includes communication skills, tactical communication, and interpersonal skills.
As a security guard, you will encounter a diverse group of individuals every day. Treating everyone with the same amount of kindness and respect is an important part of your job, and sensitivity training will teach you how to recognize your own biases, as well as the impact of mental, physical, cultural, and sexual differences.
Use of Force Theory
While using force may be required of a security guard in extreme circumstances, you will learn about the importance of maintaining your professional composure and the limits with which you can apply force. The authority to use force under the Criminal Code of Canada and how handle situations while under pressure will be addressed.