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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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 Security Worker 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 exam with a score of 60%. Students will attend a scheduled location to complete their exam.

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 to confirm exam details once you have submitted your request for a final exam.

Students must complete their online training, and final exam, before their course expiry date. No extensions will be given.

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.

Please note, the online training course and final exam must be completed before the course expiry date. No extensions will be given. 


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 $36.75.  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 Basic Security Training Online Course - $351.48
  • International Student Fee - $1054.47

*A Learner Service Fee of $17.13 will be added to above tuition fees.

Please note, tuition is subject to a 2% increase as of the 1st of April, every year.  Please verify all tuition costs with JIBC Student Services.

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.


  • 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
  • TTF Education Inc 604.703.9316

Campbell River

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


  •  Norhtern Lights College 250.782.5257


  •  Douglas College  604.777.6148


  • Excel Career College  250.334.2452

Dawson Creek

  • Northern Lights College  250.782.5251


  •  Tactical Fusion Group 778.233.6080


  • Vancouver Island University 250.740.6364

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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Proguard Security Academy 778.751.0097
  • Super Study Centre 604.503.6610


  • Domcor Health, Safety & Security Ltd  250.286.3163


  • 24 Hour Security Ltd.  604.696.0988
  • Genesis Security Inc.  604.669.0822
  • Langara College  604.323.5190
  • 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
  • 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 Guard?

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

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

Where can I take Basic Security Training (BST)?

The Justice Institute of British Columbia offers BST training as an online course - SCRT-1600.

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 Department at 604.528.5590 or register online.  Please see the link below for further information on the different ways to register.

Does the BST Training course (SCRT-1600) include Gaming Security Officer (GSO) certification?

No, the Basic Security Training (BST) course (SCRT-1600) does 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 is the age requirement to take the BST training course?

You may take 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. 

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?

No security checks are required to take the 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 Security Programs Division - Ministry of Justice.

I have similar prior training, do I still have to take the BST training 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 Justice, Security Programs Division, not through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Please see their website for further information

How do I obtain my Security Worker License?

Once you have successfully passed the Basic Security Training (BST) course and received your certificate, you will need to apply for your Security Worker License. Licensing is done through the Ministry of Justice, Security Programs Division.  The Justice Institute of British Columbia is only responsible for your certification.

Please see the Ministry of Justice, Security Programs Division website for further information on the BST License procedure and application form.

How do I obtain a replacement BST certificate?

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

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 adjust themselves accordingly in order to complete the online training and final exam within the allotted time. 

Last updated June 15, 2018