Essential Security Skills

Certificate of Achievement | Code: 1407

About the program

This program will emphasize the importance of tactical and practical security solutions and the strategic assessment of risk factors for their control and management. The program provides current, industry-specific, and highly relevant training for individuals who are seeking employment in the field of security services, individuals who are on a career pathway to inspections, investigations, or law enforcement related duties or individuals who are currently employed as security guards and wish to expand their security and enforcement knowledge and skill-set. Students will set themselves apart from others in the field through this specialized training. Students will complete most of their courses online in any order that they wish.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

Prospective students are advised that to work in Ontario as a security guard they must have completed the required training and/or testing, be at least 18 years old, possess a clean criminal record, according to the Clean Criminal Record Regulation, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Prospective students are advised that to work in Ontario as a security guard they must have completed the required training and/or testing, be at least 18 years old, possess a clean criminal record, according to the Clean Criminal Record Regulation, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Describe the various roles in protection, security and investigation with emphasis on public, personal, and corporate safety and explain the major components of enforcement through the courts and correctional services to know your boundaries
  • Assess and evaluate potential risks of all forms to an organization or business in order to employ critical and analytic thinking skills
  • Accurately monitor, evaluate, and document behaviours, situations and events to investigate and gather evidence
  • Employ emergency management and crisis prevention and resolution skills to address conflict and emergency situations as a member of a security team
  • Outline the process of collection, preservation and presentation of admissible evidence in order to be in compliance with the Private Security and Investigative Services Act
  • Explain how to secure and maintain an effective and safe work environment for customers, clients, and employees
  • Demonstrate proven and effective strategies in order to safely defuse anxious, hostile, or violent behaviour at the earliest possible stage
  • Demonstrate how to provide help to a person developing or experiencing a mental health crisis in order to prevent or alleviate the severity

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendars for our upcoming registration dates so you can plan your future.

Winter Registration: November 4, 2019
Spring Registration: February 3, 2020