If you're considering a security services job as a security guard, locksmith or investigator, you must apply for a security licence. Alberta has specific requirements and procedures to ensure the safety and competence of security professionals. Here’s how to apply for a security service licence in Alberta.
Determine Your Eligibility
Before applying, you must determine if you’re eligible. The following requirements must be satisfied before applying for a security licence in Alberta:
You must be at least 18 years of age
You must provide valid, government-issued photo identification
You must provide a Criminal Record Check that is clear of any findings
You must be fluent in the English language
You must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
Documents to Acquire
Proof of Training
Depending on the type of security licence you are applying for, you must successfully complete an approved training course and attain a score of 80% or higher on the provincial final exam. If you pass the final exam, you’ll be emailed a certificate that you must submit with your security licence application.
For more information on approved training courses, visit the Government of Alberta website.
Criminal Record Check
Attend your local police service to request a Criminal Record Check with the following three searches:
Originals of emailed copies with the CPS watermark must be provided at the time of application. Criminal Record Checks will expire 90 days from the date of issue.
Obtain a passport-size photo. Visit your local Walmart or London Drugs to get a clear, colour photo that is stamped with the date it was taken. Photos must be dated within 90 days.
How to Apply for a Security Licence
Once you determine that you’ve met the eligibility requirements and obtained the necessary documents, you can submit your security licence application. Follow these steps:
Complete the application form. Visit your nearest Alberta registry office to obtain the required application form. Ensure you complete the application accurately and provide all requested information. A registry agent can assist you with this process.
Gather documents. In addition to the application form, proof of training and criminal record check, ensure that you bring your photo identification, proof of eligibility to work in Canada and a passport-size photo.
Submit and pay. To apply in-person, submit your security licence application to a licenced registry office. If your in-person application is approved, you’ll be given a temporary 60-day licence and your permanent card will arrive by mail shortly thereafter. The fees for a security licence are $100 and $160 for a locksmith or investigator licence. There is also a $9 service charge for in-person applications.
If you would prefer to pay online or you would like to apply for a dual security licence, visit the Government of Alberta website.
Security Licence Services in Calgary
At Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd., our experienced agents can help you apply for an Alberta security licence. Visit us at our Calgary office today, an agent would be happy to answer your questions. Contact us for more information.