This test preparation guide is designed to assist security guards in preparing for the ministry’s mandatory test. The guide will outline key areas that security guards should be familiar with to ensure they perform their duties in accordance with the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA) and its regulations.
The subjects covered align with the Ministry’s Training Curriculum for Security Guards. Although the guide is meant to assist candidates in preparing for and writing the test.
At the end of each Chapter of this test preparation guide, you will find links to external resources that may be of further assistance to you. Many of these will bring you to various laws and regulations; it is recommended that you have an overall understanding of these and how they relate to key topics covered in the test.
About the Test
Both the Security Guard and Private Investigator tests are in a written, 60 question, multiple choice format. Test appointments are 2 hours in duration, 75 minutes of which is the allotted test completion time.
The Licence Test Fee is $60 plus 13% HST for a total of $67.80.
Test results will be made available within 5 business days of completion of the test.
Candidates who are eligible and wish to retain both Security Guard and Private Investigator licences must take and pass both tests. Each test must be scheduled separately. Tests will be offered at over 30 locations across Ontario. Please check the Locations link from this web site.
All tests must be booked in advance either online, or through a call center agent.
You may only register and complete an examination if you have completed a qualifying Basic Training course. In order to schedule the test appointment, you will require the training completion number given to you upon successful completion of the training course.
There are two basic training programs: security guard and private investigator. To write either one of the tests, you must first complete the corresponding training program.
Examinations cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. Once booked, the appointment for the examination is final and the associated fees are not refundable for any reason.
If extremely bad weather makes it necessary for Serco (Drive Test) to close the Test Centre when and where your appointment is scheduled, you will be contacted to arrange an alternate time to book your examination.
For more information please call the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at 416 212-1650, toll free 1-866-767-7454 or visit their website at www.ontario.ca/private-security
Serco DES Inc. (SGT)
5000 Yonge Street, Ste 1402
Toronto, ON M2N 7E9