The Security Services and Investigator’s Act requires any person in Alberta who works in any of the security service positions listed below to have a license. To obtain this license an individual must complete a mandatory training program and write a provincial exam. The course outcomes for this training are intended to provide participants with knowledge and skills in their role and responsibilities as security professionals. Columbia College offers the Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course.
Individuals who obtain a provincial license after taking this course may be employed in one of the following positions:
- Security Services (static or mobile)
- Loss Prevention Worker
- Executive Security (body guards)
- In-house Security
- Dog Patrol Services
- Alarm Responders (those who physically respond; not monitoring a screen)
Columbia College is excited to share that 93% of first-time writers on the provincial exam who completed the Columbia College online course and 91% of first-time writers who completed in classroom training program successfully passed the exam. The provincial average success rate for first-time writers is 78%. Completing either Columbia College’s online or classroom training program will assist individuals in achieving success on the provincial exam.