Basic Security Training

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 Security Worker 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

Basic Security Training (BST) is available through the JIBC as an online course, or through one of our approved Security Training Schools. 

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

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SCRT-1650: Basic Security Training: Theory

SCRT-1650 is only offered online through JIBC. For face-to-face courses, please see the Approved Security Schools section.

All offerings of SCRT-1650 through JIBC have a definite start and end date. Students will have 3 months to complete the course, which is 40 hours in length. Extensions will not be granted.

Students are further required to write their first exam attempt within 1 year of finishing SCRT-1650. 

SCRT-1655: Basic Security Training: Assessment

Once students have completed SCRT-1650, they are eligible to take SCRT-1655. A minimum grade of 60% must be achieved on the assessment in order to receive your Certificate of Training Completion. Students can write the exam as many times as required to achieve successful completion (subject to exam fees upon each re-write - please see the Tuition section).

Regularly scheduled exams are held at the following locations:

  • JIBC New Westminster (weekly)
  • JIBC Kelowna (bi-weekly)*
  • Camosun College (Victoria, bi-weekly)
  • College of New Caledonia (Prince George, monthly)
  • College of the Rockies (Cranbrook, monthly)
  • North Island College Comox (Courtenay, monthly)
  • Northern Lights College (Fort St. John, bi-weekly)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, monthly)

*Students must bring their own devices to complete the exam.

Click here SCRT-1655 to view a list of upcoming exam dates and locations.

Please note that students are required to register for all non-JIBC exam sittings a minimum of 3-days prior to the exam date. Students must register for JIBC New Westminster and Kelowna sittings a minimum of 1-day prior to the exam date.

Students are encouraged to review the exam schedule in advance in order to plan their successful completion of SCRT-1650 appropriately.

Certificate of Training Completion

Students must achieve a minimum of 60% on the assessment for successful completion. A Certificate of Training Completion will be automatically produced at the conclusion of the exam for students who receive a passing grade. Students will be able to immediately print their certificate if a printer is accessible. Students can also login to their myJIBC portal for up to 30 days after the exam to print their certificate. After 30 days, you must contact to request a replacement.

Replacement Certificates

Replacement certificates are available for a fee of $36.75. Please fill out the Certificate Replacement Form.

You are required to provide a photocopy of valid government issued identification along with the Certificate Replacement Form.

Forms can be received either by mail or e-mail. Please see the Certificate Replacement Form for submission details. If you are submititng your application by e-mail, Security Training Programs will call you to collect payment upon receiving your request. If you are submitting your application by mail, you can choose to include a certified cheque or money order for $36.75.

Replacement certificates will be provided eletronically via e-mail.


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


BST rates at JIBC are as follows:


  • Domestic: $298.48*
  • International: $889.44*

*A Learner Services Fee of $5.71 will be added to the above tuition fees. Tuition is further subject to a 2% increase as of April 1st each year.


  • $55.00 (for both domestic and international students)

Please note the above rates are only applicable to JIBC's online BST courses. If you are interested in completing the training in a face-to-face format, please see the Approved Security Schools section. You will need to contact the schools directly for their course costs.

Approved Security Training Schools

Students can choose to complete their BST at any of the following JIBC Approved Security Training Schools:


  • Advanced Learning Centre 604.543.7300
  • Canadian Community College  604.557.9944
  • Central Valley Academy  604.859.8860


  • International Career Training Institute of Canada, Inc.  604.861.8919
  • Paladin Security Group 604.677.8700 


  • Allegiance 1 Security Training Academy 604.701.1692
  • Griffin Investigation & Security Services Ltd 604.703.0888

Campbell River

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


  •  Norhtern Lights College 250.782.5257


  •  Xpera Risk Mitigation & Investigation 504.517.4545


  • Excel Career College  250.334.2452

Dawson Creek

  • Northern Lights College  250.782.5251

Fort Nelson

  •  Northern Lights College 250.782.5257

Fort St. John

  • Northern Lights College 250.782.5257


  • BC Corps of Commissionaires 250.979.4773
  • Canadian Safety and Medic Training 250.861.4357
  • Frank McConnell School of Karate  250.707.3034
  • Paladin Security Group 604.677.8700
  • Securiguard Advanced Training  250.763.7339  


  • Kitamaat Valley Education Society  250.639.9199


  • Footprints Security Training Institute  250.753.6944
  • Discovery College 250.740.0115
  • Securiguard  250.756.4452
  • ABCB First Aid Training Inc. 250.753.2888

Northern BC

  • True North Community Safety Consulting 778.322.2990

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

  • Northern BC Guard Academy  250.596.5545

Prince Rupert

  • Employment Education Development Centre 250.624.2422
  • Hecate Strait Employment Development Society  250.624.9498


  • Advanced Learning Centre Ltd.  604.543.7300
  • BC Corps of Commissionaires 604.495.8201
  • 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  
  • London Security Training Institute of BC 604.697.8700
  • Super Study Centre 604.503.6610


  • Domcor Health, Safety & Security Ltd  250.286.3163


  • Genesis Security Inc.  604.669.0822
  • Langara College  604.323.5190
  • London Security Training Institute Ltd.  604.697.0008
  • Mahadev Security Training Institute  604.568.5250 
  • Securiguard Advanced Training  604.685.6011


  • Moffat Security Training Academy 250.240.1948
  • Securiguard Advanced Training  250.388.3118
  • Paladin Security Group 604.677.8700 

Program FAQ

How do I become a Security Professional?

All persons wishing to work as a security guard in British Columbia, must successfully complete their BST certification.  

Upon successful completion of your BST, you must then apply for your Security Worker license through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division, in order to be eligible to work.

Where can I take Basic Security Training (BST)?

JIBC offers BST training as an online course - SCRT-1650 (theory) and SCRT-1655 (assessment).

You may also take the course face-to-face through any of the JIBC approved Security Training Schools.

How do I register for the BST online training course through the JIBC?

You may contact the Registration Office at 604.528.5590 or toll-free 1.877.528.5591, or register online. Click here for further information on the different ways to register.

Do the BST courses (SCRT-1650 and SCRT-1655) include Gaming Security Officer (GSO) certification?

No, the BST courses do not include GSO certification.  

If you wish to obtain both your BST and GSO certification in one course, please take the Gaming Security Officer (SCRT-1604) training course which includes both certifications.

What tools and access do I need to complete the BST online course and exam?

You are required to register for both the online course and exam with your own unique e-mail address. You will also need access to a device that can connect to the Internet. Please note this requirement is also applicable to students completing the BST exam through another Approved Security Training School. You can check if your device is compatible with our online learning platform by clicking here.

What is the age requirement to take the BST course?

You can complete your BST certification before the age of 19, however, you must be 19 years of age in order to apply for your Security Worker license, which is required to work in the field. 

What are the pre-requisites for the BST course?

Students must have a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. This is a requirement for licensing.  

What background security checks are required to take the course?

Security checks are not required to complete your BST certification. However, a criminal record check is required for Security Worker licensing as part of the application process. For further information in regards to requirements for licensing, please contact the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division.

I have similar prior training, do I still have to take the BST course?

If you have peace officer experience (within the last 3 years) you may qualify for a training exemption from taking the mandatory training. BST Exemptions are granted only by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division, not through the JIBC.

Please see their website for details.

How do I obtain my Security Worker License?

Once you have successfully passed the BST courses and received your certificate, you will need to apply for your Security Worker License. Licensing is done through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division. JIBC is only responsible for your certification.

Please see the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Security Programs Division's website for further information on the licensing procedure and application form. 

How do I obtain a replacement BST certificate?

Replacement certificates are available for a fee of $36.75. Please fill out the Certificate Replacement Form

Do I have to complete my exam before the course expires?

Yes, students must complete their online training and final exam before their course expires. 

As this is a self-paced course, students must plan appropriately in order to complete the online training and final exam within the allotted time. 

Last updated February 15, 2019