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Security Guard Enhanced Training - Customized & Contract Training

You can be job-ready in four weeks

Security guards work in hospitals, retail stores, shopping malls, offices, licensed establishments, and other locations to prevent the loss of property and provide security. In BC, all security guards must be licensed and have completed appropriate training.

The Security Guard Enhanced program provides the knowledge and practical skills required for entry into the field, including mandatory training required for provincial licensing under the Security Services Act.

Demand for this program exceeds the number of seats available. To express your interest in this program please read over the eligibility requirements.

If you meet these requirements and are still interested please send an e-mail with your name, telephone number and email address to:

Program dates

New September 4-27, 2018

Location: Cedar Hill Golf Course, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria

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Please contact us at or 250-370-4771 for more details and to be included in the interest list for the next session.

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Funding eligibility

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition, textbooks, and license application fees are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Sponsorship does not include living expenses. Transportation funding may be available.

Basic eligibility

All participants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria for funding:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • currently be living in British Columbia
  • not be a student (i.e., enrolled in high school or enrolled in post-secondary training)
  • at the time of training, not be participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program.

Employment categories

In addition, participants must belong to one of the following employment categories:

  • Unemployed (Non-EI Eligible)
  • No EI claim in the last 3 years; and,
  • No maternity or parental EI claim in the past 5 years
  • Underemployed
  • Employed, Low-Skilled

Participation requirements

Security workers need to have a sense of responsibility, good judgement and be able to follow instructions precisely, work flexible hours, and stay alert. Honesty, integrity, punctuality, and an ability to act calmly in an emergency and work well under pressure are traits of a successful security guard.

Participants must:

  1. Be a minimum of 19 years of age.
  2. Be fluent in the English Language (to converse with the public and write & read reports).
  3. Hold a valid BC Driver’s License.
  4. Have proof of Canadian Citizenship or Residency: Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Passport, or Permanent Resident Card.
  5. Have Government-issued Photo ID (Driver’s License, BC Identification Card, BC Services Card with photo, Native Status Card with photo, or Passport from another country). Note: ID must be valid/not expired. A Social Insurance Number card is not accepted as ID.
  6. Participants are required to give consent to a criminal record check, a police information check and a correctional service information check. (Checks are conducted after successful completion of BST exam).
  7. If being treated or have ever been treated for a mental health condition, a Mental Health Condition form completed by your doctor will be required at time of license application.
  8. Be eligible for funding as established by the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Training Modules

Module Length Description
Essential Skills 3 days

Students will gain skills for success in employment as they increase their awareness of employer expectations and the essential skills required for security worker personnel.

Respectful Workplace Workshop: Dealing with Difficult People 1 day This workshop is designed to give students important tools to help minimize the number of difficult situations, understand how to manage a situation that is escalating, and deal effectively with hostile and angry people. The workshop also includes anti-bullying and harassment training to reflect recent legislation.
Basic Security Training and Exam 6 days Students learn the objectives and ground rules of security management including professionalism and ethics in the industry; understanding the Security Services Act; legal responsibilities and authority; powers of arrest and the Canadian Criminal Code; documentation and report writing; emergency services and response; and personal safety. Upon successful completion of examination, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the Justice Institute of BC.
Professional Witness & Personal Safety Workshop 1 day Students learn effective observation skills and how to document events for reporting to officials. Personal safety and coverage procedures are reviewed. Students learn radio usage and communication techniques as they work through a practical scenario.
Patrolling and Emergency Response 1 day Students learn how to conduct a premise patrol; respond to an emergency situation, and practice after-event documentation. Practical scenarios are used to build skills and practice responses to simulated emergencies. Students debrief with actors and evaluators provide feedback.
Occupational First Aid Level 1 1 day Course offers the essential ABC’s – airway, breathing and circulation Students learn how to deal with obstructed airways, breathing distress, control bleeding and perform one person CPR. A certificate, valid for three years, will be issued upon successful completion.
WHMIS 0.5 day WHMIS is a hazard communication system designed to ensure workers using hazardous materials have the necessary information to safety handle, store and dispose of these materials. Students learn the skills necessary to access and apply the information needed to protect their safety and receive a wallet-size, provincially recognized certificate upon successful completion.
Serving It Right 0.5 day In this Hospitality Industry Education Advisory Committee (HIEAC) approved course, students learn legal responsibilities of those serving alcohol to the public. Includes LCB regulations, how to assess when someone may have exceeded their limit, and how to duly care for patrons.
Traffic Control and Flag Person Training 2 days Traffic Control Persons (TCPs) direct vehicle traffic in construction zones and at events. This course consists of classroom and practical training and is the only program of its kind accepted by WorkSafeBC under Section 18 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation for high-risk traffic control. Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate of completion from the BC Construction Safety Alliance, which is valid for three years.
Emergency and Fire Preparedness 1 day Students review steps to take in possible emergencies such as earthquake, fire, or flood; components of an emergency response plan; and how the Security Guard can assist and support emergency personnel and first responders. Includes a review of local emergency contacts. Participants visit a fire station to meet personnel and learn about types of fires and fire extinguishers.
Industry Speakers and Worksite Tour 1 day Guest speakers from the Security Industry present to the class and describe job requirements and opportunities. A question and answer session follows. Participants tour a worksite to view security system in place, including guard responsibilities, system alarms, and safety plans in case of emergencies.
Transition to Work Workshop 1.5 days Students meet with a Job Coach to explore and plan their next steps following program completion. Workshop helps student incorporate the new certifications they obtained during the program and develop an action plan for active job searching. Role-playing and practical exercises develop experience in conducting informational interviews and presenting effectively in a job interview.
Graduation 0.5 day Students are presented with confirmation of successful completion. Students complete course feedback and mandatory exit interview documents. A graduation luncheon is provided.


Upon successful completion, students receive the following recognized certificates:

  • Basic Security Training Program Certificate (Justice Institute of BC)
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 (Red Cross), valid for 3 years
  • Workplace and Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Serving it Right, valid for 5 years
  • Traffic Control Flagperson (BC Safety Alliance), valid for 3 years
  • Security license for 1 year (renewable by participant for additional years)

Confirm your eligibility

To express interest and confirm your eligibility, contact Camosun at 250-370-4771 or

Not eligible? Looking to upgrade?

Camosun has other opportunities and upgrading courses for you. And funding is available for most students.

Call 250-370-3295 or email

Contact Us
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3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
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