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Alberta Basic Security Training

Start your career as a security guard in Alberta by taking the 40-hour accredited Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) in-person or online. The provincial exam is also included in the cost, and regularly scheduled at the Tip of Spear facility in Edmonton. 
  • Level:
  • Beginner
  • Duration:
  • 40 hours total study
  • Modules:
  • 7
  • Certificate:
  • Achieve 80%+ on course quizzes
  • Final Exam:
  • Proctored government exam included
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Considering a career in Security?

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Physical security is a highly diverse field with many areas of specialization. It is a critical function in the safety of our communities, and supports and enhances law enforcement functions. 

What is Physical Security?

Physical Security (or Private Security) describes roles that secure physical spaces, people and assets. There are a broad range of positions in this discipline ranging from entry level security guard to executive level director of security who manages operations for facilities and teams of staff to ensure safety and security. Physical security is a very diverse field that allows an individual to specialize in roles such as: close protection (body guard), access control, detecting and preventing loss of assets (loss protection), responding to security alarms (mobile response), special events and crowd management, armed transportation, bylaw, law and policy enforcement and more. Some individuals use their experience in their security job to propel them into other fields such as law enforcement, while others understand how private security has a critical role in the safety of our communities and choose to devote their entire careers to that cause.

How do I start a career as a Security Guard in Alberta?

If you want to start a career as a security guard or in other related security services employment in the province of Alberta, the Alberta Basic Security Training course is the place to start.  This government-required course, which is accredited through the Solicitor General of Alberta, is the legal minimum training necessary to work in the security industry.  This course covers all the material you need to know to take your government exam to get your Alberta Security Services licence. Note that you must have an Alberta Security Services Licence to work as a security guard in the province of Alberta.

How do you get your Security Licence?


Check to make sure you meet the basic requirements for the licence.


Complete your Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course (online or in-person).


Pass your proctored government final exam (online or in-person).


Apply for your Security Services Licence.


We help with it all!

Follow an easy, step-by-step process

We have simplified the often confusing, multi-step process of getting your security licence down to a simple, easy-to-follow process that we guide you through every step of the way.

Everything is included

We provide everything you need to get your security licence: the course, the exam, and help with your licence application. No hidden, or extra fees. No hunting for your own exam proctor.

Choose the additional options you want

We want you to succeed, so we also have additional resources and options such as online practice exams (included), an instructor-led pre-exam review (if you choose this package), and hardcopy manuals.

What's included with your course tuition

  • Immediate access to the government-accredited course with experienced instruction. Access on any device for 4 months.
  • A copy of the course study material (download a digital copy or purchase a physical copy).
  • Access to online practice exams to ensure you're ready for your government exam.
  • The proctored government final exam at our facility in Edmonton. Choose one of our regularly-scheduled dates that suits your schedule.
  • Guidance on completing the security guard licence application.
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Why choose Tip of Spear to take this training?

Quality Content

The Alberta Investigators Training course through Tip of Spear is accredited with 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.

Qualified Instructors

Our instructors are real people with 30+ years of experience, who have actually worked extensively in the security and private investigation fields. We are constantly improving our high-quality material and instructional techniques so you effectively learn the skills you need.

Full 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!


We are one of the largest training centres in Alberta. We have successfully trained almost 10,000 people over 10 years and our reputation with this program is well-known in the industry. Our key 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!

Dream Careers

Don't stop with basic courses! Take our numerous other intermediate and advanced courses and career tools to help you progress through your security career, or move on to other protection careers. Whatever your career goals are, we help keep you growing towards them.
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Choose your Bundle

ABST Basic
This is our most cost-effective package. It is recommended for individuals who have had some experience in the security industry. Price is $99+GST.

Includes 3 resources:
  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Government exam

$119 $174
This is our most recommended option, and our most popular as it includes the 2 hour pre-exam classroom review to help you pass your exam! Price is $119+GST.

Includes 5 resources:
  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Online practice exams
  • Government exam
  • Pre-exam classroom review
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ABST Basic + Manual
$149 $159
This is our basic package with a paper manual for students who like to study by highlighting, taking notes and following along with their physical book. Price is $149+GST.

Includes 4 resources:
  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Government exam
  • Paper manual & shipping
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ABST Plus + Manual
$169 $234
This is our full package. It includes all the options that we offer, bundled together into the best valued package we have. Price is $169+GST.

Includes 6 resources:
  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Online practice exams
  • Government final exam
  • Pre-exam classroom review
  • Paper manual & shipping
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Classroom Options

Prefer to take the course in-person, in a real classroom setting? We offer that too at our facility in Edmonton! Check out our upcoming course dates.

What our learners say  

Friendly, professional service, and incredibly accommodating during these difficult times. I initially was worried about taking the 40 hour Alberta Basic Security Training course online, but the content was very well laid out, and easy to follow. Coupled with a physical copy of the course booklet, I was able to easily grasp all the concepts, and review at my own pace. I even managed to get a 98% on my Proctored Exam! I would highly recommend Tip of Spear Inc to anyone looking to start their Alberta Basic Security Training! Especially if you're a little hesitant to attend a classroom setting during COVID-19, the online delivery is consistently high quality, with lots of extra info and practical knowledge you might not get with other courses. 5 Stars!"
I took an online course for Alberta Basic Security Training at Tip of Spear Inc. They have a very good course. The content is accurate. Their team is very responsive and the review class before the exam was very helpful in refreshing the contents and clearing any doubts. They also helped me with my license application. Overall, the course is helpful and the team is very professional and cooperative!"
- Charanjit Singh
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Course Curriculum

Next Steps to get Licensed

1. Pass the Proctored Government Exam

Once you have completed the course, you can register for your government proctored exam with Tip of Spear.  If you took your ABST course with Tip of Spear, the exam is included in the cost of the course. For more information about the exam and to register, please read the Proctored Exam section.

2. Apply for the Security Services Licence

Once you have passed your exam and received notification from the Alberta Solicitor General, which takes 2-3 weeks, you can apply for your licence. The steps are essentially the same as getting your Security Services licence as a security guard.

Upgrade to ABST Online Plus

Increase your chances of passing your government exam! If you previously purchased the ABST Online Basic bundle and realized you want to take the Classroom Review and access the online Practice Exams, you can upgrade to the ABST Online Plus bundle! Price is $45+GST

Includes 2 resources:
  • Online practice exams
  • Pre-exam classroom review

$45 (A $75 value)
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Individual Options

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am not sure if my past history will affect my eligibility. How can I find out?

If you have a specific unique scenario about the above requirements (such as a restraining order or previous offense) and are not sure if it will impact your eligibility, you can contact for more information.

2. Am I able to challenge the government final exam?

If you feel that your previous experience and knowledge may make you eligible to challenge the government final exam, you can contact to find out.

3. I've worked in law enforcement. Are there any exemptions for me in getting my Security Services Licence?

If you've worked as a police or peace officer in the past 3 years, contact to see if you are eligible for any exemptions. 

4. I haven't yet received my Security Services licence, but my employer needs me to work right away. How can I start working?

If your employer needs you to work, but you haven't yet received your Security Services licence, your employer can apply for a training licence for you, as long as you are currently enrolled in an approved training course. Training licences are valid for 30 days and will be converted to a standard licence after you've completed the training course and passed the final exam. Training licences are not portable, so if you change employers, your new employer must reapply for a training licence for you in order to work. Please note that you cannot start work until you at least have your training licence.

5. I need to renew my licence as it's about to expire soon. What's the process to renew it?

If you need to renew your licence, you are given up to a 90 day grace period to renew your licence after it has expired. Follow the steps in the article How to Renew your Security Licence. If you wait longer than 90 days after the expiry of your licence, you must apply for a new licence following the article How to Apply for your Security Licence.

6. I lost my Security Services licence. What do I do?

If you lost your licence, or it was destroyed or damaged, or if your personal information has changed (name or address), you must report it immediately. Fill out the Update to Individual Licence form and email or mail it to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General (contact information in the form).

7. I live in a different province. Can I still take this training?
8. I have my security licence in a different province, but want to move to Alberta. Does it qualify?

Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (Canadian Free Trade Agreement), Alberta Justice and Solicitor General have reciprocal agreements with other provinces that have regulated security industries with mandatory training. In most cases the individual must provide proof of training and/or a licence from the other provinces.

The following provinces fall under this agreement. This means that training you took in these provinces is currently accepted in Alberta, or if you live in one of these provinces and wish to take the Alberta training, it will qualify in your province:
  • British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General updates the Security Programs Policy and Procedures Manual whenever there are changes related to these training equivalencies. For more information, please contact the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General directly at:
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Don't stop here

Take the next steps to continue your education, to set yourself apart, advance your career and get that dream job you want! We have many other courses at Tip of Spear to assist in your lifelong journey.

The next two courses we recommend are:
  • Tactical Communications
  • Defensive Tactics (PPCT)
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