Basic Security Training

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Security Professionals working in the province of British Columbia are required to complete mandatory training prior to being eligible for provincial licensing.  You must be 19 years of age before you can apply for your Basic Security Training License.

Mandatory BST training is 40 hours in length, and focuses on the following content:

  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Legal Studies
  • Report Writing
  • Personal Safety

Read about the Objectives of BST

Approved Security Training Schools are required to follow the training standards for the security industry as outlined in the Security Services Act. Approved Security Training Schools are listed further down this page.

If you're interested in becoming an approved security training school or becoming an approved security training instructor, please complete the appropriate application form(s).

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BST Online Course

JIBC offers BST training as an online course, SCRT-1600 Basic Security Training. This is the official BST course which is based on the mandatory 40-hour security patrol training. 

Pre-Requisites:  You are not eligible to apply for your BST License and work as a security professional until you are 19 years of age.

On completion of the online training, students must pass a final written exam with a score of 60%.  This is not available online and must be written in person.  Regularly scheduled exams are held in the Lower Mainland at the JIBC New Westminster Campus.  Out of town students will have an exam set up in a location near them but may have to wait up to three weeks. Your online administrator will contact you by email or phone to confirm exam details.

Course Completion

Students must achieve a minimum of 60% for successful completion.  Successful students will receive their Certificate of Training Completion electronically via their school or via the JIBC for online students.


Individuals with prior training and experience can apply for exemption from training or from training and examination if they meet specific exemption criteria and are within applicable timelines.  Exemptions are processed through the Registrar, Security Services Act. 

Telephone:  1.855.587.0185

Replacement Certificates

Replacement certificates are available for a fee of $35.  Please fill out an application for Replacement of Certificate. 

A current valid government issued photo identification is required, please mail or drop off your completed application with a copy of your identification (front and back), along with a certified cheque or money order only.  Replacement certificates will be mailed and provided electronically.

To pick up a certificate in person, please contact Security Training Programs at 604.528.5713 or via email at for an appointment time.  Your completed application form must be received a minimum of 5 business days before your appointment time for pick up.


The JIBC offers BST training as an online course only.  For face to face courses, please see the list of approved security schools and contact them directly for their course costs.

  • SCRT-1600 Gaming Security Officer Online Course - $337.84
  • International Student Fee - $1013.53

*A Learner Service Fee of $16.50 will be added to above tuition fees.

Approved Security Training Schools

Security Training Programs administers mandatory security training in British Columbia on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the Security Services Act.


  • Canadian Community College  604.557.9944
  • Central Valley Academy  604.859.8860
  • First Group Institute  604.870.4776


  • Concord Security Corporation  604.689.4005
  • International Career Training Institute of Canada, Inc.  604.861.8919
  • PSG Safety and Security Institute of BC  604.677.8700
  • Specialized Defense Tactics Academy 604.328.0777 

Campbell River

  • Discovery Community College  250.287.9850
  • Domcor Health, Safety & Security Ltd  250.286.3163


  • Moffat Security Training Academy  604.703.0888
  • Sting Executive Group International (SEGI) 1.888.713.2673 


  • Douglas College  604.777.6148


  • Excel Career College  250.334.2452

Dawson Creek

  • Northern Lights College  250.782.5251


  • Focus Training Institute Ltd.  250.861.5808
  • Frank McConnell School of Karate  250.707.3034
  • Training (BC Corps Commissionaires BC) 250.979.4773  Toll Free 877.322.6777
  • Securiguard Advanced Training  250.763.7339  
  • WT Security & Safety Services of British Columbia  250.861.4357


  • Kitamaat Valley Education Society  250.639.9199


  • Footprints Security Training Institute  250.753.6944
  • Moffat Security Training Academy  250.240.1948
  • Securiguard  250.756.4452
  • Vancouver Island University 250.740.6364

New Westminster

  • Justice & Public Safety Division, Justice Institute of BC  604.528.5590 [ BST Online
  • Sting Executive Group International (SEGI)  1.888.713.2673


  • Moffat Security Training Academy  250.240.1948

Prince George

  • International Protection Sciences  250.562.1215
  • Northern BC Guard Academy  250.552.3311

Prince Rupert

  • Hecate Strait Employment Development Society  250.624.9498


  • A-1 Security Training Academy  604.502.8502
  • Advanced Learning Centre Ltd.  604.543.7300
  • BSL Security and Training Institute  604.507.8915
  • BCTI Brar Career Training Institute Inc  604.502.7520
  • Canuck School of Education Ltd.  604.598.2424
  • CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care  604.585.8585
  • Discovery Community College 604.930.9908  
  • Lead Institute of Learning  604.594.7600
  • Training (Commissionaires BC)  604.495.8201 E 5001 - Toll Free  877.322.6777  
  • School of Indigenous Peacemaking and Security  604.594.0438


  • Domcor Health, Safety & Security Ltd  250.286.3163


  • 24 Hour Security Ltd.  604.696.0988
  • Genesis Security Inc.  604.669.0822
  • Langara College  604.323.5482
  • London Security Training Institute Ltd.  604.697.0008
  • Mahadev Security Training Institute  604.568.5250 
  • Securiguard Advanced Training  604.685.6011


  • Camosun College  250.370.4221
  • Securiguard Advanced Training  250.388.3118
  • Themis Security Services 250.884.4415 

Last updated April 29, 2016