Security Guard and Private Investigator Training

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Ontario Security Training gives you the option of completing the basic security training course within the comfort of your own home with our simple to use online training program.  You can interact with trainers and other students online during your training lessons.  By taking the online training program, you will be able to avoid travel time and costs and complete your training around your own schedule.  You may also now upload all required documents within your profile page. 

Ontario Security Training is the largest and most advanced Security Guard and Private Investigation training centre in Canada. We provide the largest selection of security guard and private investigation training courses by classroom or online instruction methods. Ontario Security Training will not accept other certifications for the advanced training. You must be qualified with Ontario Security Training to be accepted into the advance programs.

Here you will find a list of some of our programs that will help you manage your learning experience and development.

Basic Security Guard Training: 40 Hours


  • Chapter 1. Introduction to the Security Industry

    • Section 1: History Of Security

    • Section 2: Different Jobs In The Security Industry

    • Section 3: Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities Needed To Perform Well

    • Section 4: Job Specifications, Activities, And Demands Of A Security Guard

    • Section 5: Security Industry Background And Changes In The Industry

  • Chapter 2. PSISA - Code of Conduct

    • Section 6: Private Security And Investigative Services Act, 2005 (Psisa)

    • Section 7: Code Of Conduct

  • Chapter 3. Basic Security Procedures

    • Section 8: Surveillance Techniques

    • Section 9: The Basic Elements Of Security

    • Section 10: Drug Effects, Substance Abuse And Related Drug Paraphernalia

    • Section 11: Confidentiality

    • Section 12: Procedures For Handling, Storing, Disseminating And Destroying Information Of A Personal Nature

    • Section 13: Personal Information Protection And Electronic Documents Act (Pipeda) Regarding The Protection Of Personal Information

    • Section 14: Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)

  • Chapter 4. Note Taking, Statements, Report Writing and Intelligence

    • Section 15: Note Taking

    • Section 16: Witness Statements

    • Section 17: Report Writing

    • Section 18: Intelligence

  • Chapter 5. Health and Safety

    • Section 19: Occupational Health And Safety Act

    • Section 20: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (Whmis)

  • Chapter 6. Emergency Response Preparation

    • Section 21: Identify The Criteria’s Of A Potential Emergency

    • Section 22: Emergency Response Procedures

    • Section 23: The Potential Roles Of A Security Guard In Emergency Situations

    • Section 24: How To Implement Duty Of Care

  • Chapter 7. Canadian Legal System

    • Section 25: How Laws Are Made

    • Section 26: How Laws Are Managed

    • Section 27: The Process That Leads To A Person Being Accused, Charged And Convicted.

    • Section 28: Canadian Criminal Court System

  • Chapter 8. Evidence

    • Section 29: Types Of Evidence

    • Section 30: The Ontario Evidence Act And Canada Evidence Act That Pertain To Admissible Evidence

    • Section 31: Commonly Accepted Approaches To The Collection, Preservation Handling And Sealing Of Audio/Visual Materials

    • Section 32: Presentation Of Evidence

  • Chapter 9. Legal Authorities

    • Section 33: Important Legislation

    • Section 34: Criminal Code Of Canada

    • Section 35: Elements Of Tort Law In Security Situations

    • Section 36: Municipal By-Laws

  • Chapter 10. Effective Communications

    • Section 37: Oral And Written Communication Skills

    • Section 38: Tactical Communication

    • Section 39: Discuss The Following Interpersonal Skills

  • Chapter 11. Sensitivity Training

    • Section 40: Recognizing One’s Own Biases And How These Can Influence Situations

    • Section 41: Recognizing The Impact Of Mental, Physical, Cultural And Sexual Differences On Situational Dynamics

  • Chapter 12. Use of Force Theory

    • Section 42: Authority To Use Force Under The Criminal Code Of Canada

    • Section 43: How To Act Under Stress And Maintain Composure

    • Section 44: Positional Asphyxia And Excited Delirium


Private Investigator Training: 50 Hours


  • Chapter 1 History Of Private Investigation

    • Section 1. The History Of Private Investigation

    • Section 2. Private Investigation In Ontario

  • Chapter 2 Definitions and Terms

    • Section 3. Criminal Investigation

    • Section 4. Reasonable Grounds

    • Section 5. General Definitions

    • Section 6. Classification of Person Involved

  • Chapter 3 Information Management

    • Section 7. Note Taking, Report Writing, Intelligence

    • Section 8. Note Taking

    • Section 9. Report Writing

    • Section 10. Intelligence

  • Chapter 4 Types of Investigators and Investigations

    • Section 11. Types of Investigations

    • Section 12. Objective Of An Investigation

    • Section 13. Problem Solving Model

    • Section 14. Use Of Discretion

    • Section 15. Order Of Investigators

    • Section 16. Accidents

    • Section 17. Skip Tracing

    • Section 18. Domestic Disputes

  • Chapter 5 Evidence

    • Section 19. Source Of Evidence

    • Section 20. Rules of evidence

    • Section 21. The Ontario and Canada Evidence Act

    • Section 22. Commonly Accepted Approaches To The Collection, Preservation Handling And Sealing Of Audio/Visual Materials

    • Section 23. Admissibility Of Evidence

    • Section 24. Commonly Accepted Approaches To The Collection, Preservation And Presentation Of Evidence

    • Section 25. Evidence Packaging

  • Chapter 6 Analysing Evidence

    • Section 26. Anthropometrics

    • Section 27. Era Identification

  • Chapter 7 Basic Investigative Principles

  • Chapter 8 Investigative Techniques

    • Section 28. Investigative Method

    • Section 29. Anton Piller Orders

  • Chapter 9 Preliminary investigation

  • Chapter 10 Surveillance

    • Section 30. Surveillance Types

    • Section 31. Surveillance Report Example

  • Chapter 11 Investigative Sequence

    • Section 32. Opening an investigation

    • Section 33. Gathering and Following Leads

    • Section 34. Event Reconstruction

    • Section 35. Elimination Process

    • Section 36. Final Reports and billing

    • Section 37. Closing an investigation

  • Chapter 12 Crime Scene Management

    • Section 38. Observing The Scene

    • Section 39. Fixing The Scene

    • Section 40. Search Process

  • Chapter 13 Sudden Death

    • Section 41. Homicide

    • Section 42. Natural Causes

  • Chapter 14 Managing Witnesses

    • Section 43. Evaluating Credibility

    • Section 44. Witness Deception

    • Section 45. Informants

    • Section 46. Children

    • Section 47. Witness Statements Report

    • Section 48. Witness Statement

  • Chapter 15 Interviewing Techniques

    • Section 49. Interview Techniques

    • Section 50. Confessions

  • Chapter 16 Privacy Laws

    • Section 51. Electronic Storage

  • Chapter 17 Principles Of Ethical Reasoning/Decision-Making

    • Section 52. Anti-Racism/ Anti-Discrimination

    • Section 53. Human Rights Commission

    • Section 54. Avoiding Charter Violations

  • Chapter 18 Key Principles Of Communication And Interaction

    • Section 55. Tactical Communication

    • Section 56. Interpersonal Skills

  • Chapter 19 Canadian Legal System

    • Section 57. How Laws Are Made

    • Section 58. How Laws Are Managed

    • Section 59. The Process That Leads To A Person Being Accused, Charged And Convicted.

    • Section 60. Criminal Code Of Canada

    • Section 61. Canadian Criminal Court System

    • Section 62. Elements Of Tort Law In Security Situations

    • Section 63. Municipal By-Laws

  • Chapter 20 Court Preparation
  • This course is only available to Ontario Security Training graduates.

Advanced Security Training


Use of Force Training: 16 Hours
  • Situational awareness
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Less violent options
  • Tactical communications
  • Withdrawal
  • Use of Handcuff
  • Use of Baton
  • This course is only available to Ontario Security Training graduates.
PAL License: 20 Hours
    Non-restricted Firearms
  • Canadian Firearm Safety Course ( CFSC ) 10 hours & Test
    Restricted Firearms
  • Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course ( CRFSC ) 10 hours & Test
  • This course is only available to Ontario Security Training graduates.

Security Dispatcher Training: 40 Hours
  • Learn the use of SureCommand
  • This course is only available to Ontario Security Training graduates.
Anti Terrorist Training: 16 Hours
  • Definition of a terrorist
  • History of terrorism in Canada
  • Response to terrorism techniques
  • Terrorism weapons
  • Threat assessments
  • Response to terrorism techniques
  • This course is only available to Ontario Security Training graduates.
Basic Security Crisis Intervention Training: 16 Hours
  • Crisis definition
  • Situational awareness and emergency assessment
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • Legal issues in a crisis intervention
  • This course is only available to Ontario Security Training graduates.

Online Learning Centre

The Ontario Security Training online learning centre provides Security Guard and/or Private Investigator training through our virtual online classroom 24 hours 7 days a week. The interactive online learning centre is easy to use with live operators. All online students are guaranteed employment and are provided with full support during the licensing process. Our online training centre gives you the ability after completion and licensing, to print your certificates at home and view job opportunity on our exclusive employment systems.

Easy Steps:

  1. Your first step is to registering HERE if you have not already done so.
  2. After registration, you may select the course of your choice.
  3. Complete your training and gain your training certification number. 
  4. Register at to take the mandatory test.
  5. After successfully completing your test, you may apply for a license.
  6. After gaining your license, Ontario Security Training will locate the most suitable employment.

The benefits of online training include:

  1. Training in the comfort of your own home
  2. Virtual classroom is open 24/7
  3. Easy learning format with Text Read option
  4. Save commute time and money
  5. Access to your online transcript
  6. Printable certifications



  1. Introduction to the Security Industry
  2. Private Security and Investigative Services Act
  3. Basic Security Procedures
  4. Report Writing
  5. Health and Safety
  6. Emergency Response Preparation
  7. Canadian Legal System
  8. Legal Authorities
  9. Effective Communication
  10. Diversity in Canada
  11. Use of Force Theory

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Online Security Training FAQ’s

I don’t have an Ontario Security Guard License, what do I need to do?

As of April 15, 2010 the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services Training & Testing Regulations are in effect. 

The Ontario Security Training website is a place where you can find online training to complete the Basic Security Guard training using an Instructor-led, Web-based learning platform. This will save you travel time, and a four day commute expense. You may purchase the lessons by Visa, MasterCard, or Interac and you’ll be assigned a password to login to your online course. Ontario Security Training is a third party training provider.

How difficult is the ministry test?

The ministry test is designed to test your knowledge of the ministry mandated curriculum.  For some of you, this will mean that you will need to brush up your knowledge in some areas that you have never trained in before. 

For new applicants, it will mean that you will need effective training that meets the ministry regulation requirements. A majority of applicants pass on the first attempt.

Is online training an acceptable way to take the required training?

Yes. Our virtual classroom conforms with legal and industry requirements. For the Security Guard Basic Training it must be Instructor-lead Web-based training. 

Is online training as effective as traditional in-class training?

Yes, in fact it has been proven to be more effective in some cases.  Although you are not physically in a brick-and-mortar classroom, you train in an “online” classroom.  If you are taking a Basic Security Training course utilizing a featured training agency from the ONTARIO SECURITY TRAINING website, this means that you will be using live conferencing inside the Online Classroom or a blended approach.




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