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Professional Protection Education.

Security & Private Investigation training for Albertans.

Start your protection career now with required entry-level training,
or become a professional by taking your education to the next level.
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Register for the free
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Self-Defence course

Are you looking for a simple way to get started in a career without a lot of school?
Is working in a highly respected field with lots of opportunities important to you?
Are you looking for an online program that you can do at your own pace and can get help with?
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Achieve your goals

Start a Career in Security or Private Investigations

Many Opportunities

In these uncertain times, there is a large demand for quality individuals in the private security industry. Set yourself apart by going above and beyond in your training and get a solid job quickly.

Room to Advance

There are many ways to advance, specialize even become a professional in the security industry, such as loss prevention, special events, close protection and management. 

Jump into a Related Career

Use your security experience to pivot into other protection career streams, such as law enforcement, emergency response and cyber security.

Virtual Training

Engaging online courses that guide you through the material to feel confident in your knowledge and skills. 
  • Available 24/7 to learn at your convenience, and at a pace you feel comfortable with.

  • Immediate access to material
  • Best prices than any other training provider and no hidden fees.

  • Interactive, engaging material to help you really understand what you need to know.

  • Unlimited support for any questions you have on the content.
  • Learn on any device: computer, tablet or phone

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who we are

Tip of Spear

Tip of Spear Virtual Academy offers government-accredited courses to start or advance your security guard or private investigator career in Alberta. We are passionate not just about helping you getting your security services licence, but about your safety and your ongoing success in your career too. We are one the largest and longest running training providers in Alberta, since 2011.

Take your training with Tip of Spear


We are one of the largest training centre in Alberta. We have successfully trained tens of thousands of people over 10 years and our reputation with this program is well-known in the industry. Many of our courses are accredited through the Alberta Solicitor and Governor General.

Alberta advantage

We live and work in Alberta too, so we know what the security industry is like here and teach from that perspective, which gives you an advantage. This is not just about doing the minimum to get your licence, this is about setting you up for success in your career!

additional support

We go above and beyond to provide support and guidance on everything you need. Learn what the prerequisites are to start your career, complete your course, pass your exam, apply for your licence, and get that dream job. We help with it all!

quality content

Several of our courses are accredited through the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. We are constantly improving our high-quality material and instructional techniques so you effectively learn the skills you need.

Dream Careers

As a Tip of Spear student, you get an exclusive access to hiring employers so you can get a job once you pass your exam and get your (temporary) licence! Security companies trust the quality of our students and they want to hire you.

qualified instructors

Our instructors are real people with  decades of experience, in every protection career, from security professionals, peace officers, military, police, and more. We are constantly improving our high-quality material and instructional techniques so you effectively learn the skills you need.

Our students love us

Went for my ABST exam this morning with pre study. The instructor was awesome - helped me realize a lot of things with the course. I'm positive I passed the exam all because of his awesome teaching skills. I wouldn't recommend just anyone, but the teacher is very helpful and attentive. All in all, amazing experience."
- Matt johnston
The level of professionalism provided here goes way beyond what I expected. I'm new to the business of security but the instructor did a great job teaching the material needed to pass and to feel comfortable in doing your duty as a citizen and as a professional security guard.  I got my money's worth going here to learn and absorb the new career change of mine. Thanks for everything!"
- Vlad Impaler

Excellent training provided, the instructors go above and beyond to not only teach you what you need to know to pass the exams but also what you need to know to keep you safe on the job. I’ve been training at Tip of Spear for years. There’s no one else I will go through for security training or advice.

- lina attwell
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Book your Government Final Exam for ABST & AIT

Ready to take your final exam for ABST or AIT? We offer both in-person exams as well as online exams with an official government proctor.!
If you have fully completed your ABST or AIT course and are ready to take your government final exam, book your exam on a date that works for you.
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