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Alberta Security Guard

Post by StevenWS on Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:07 pm

Security Guard
Security guards protect an organization's property, personnel and information against fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry.
Also Known As:Asset Protection Officer, Guard, Loss Prevention Officer
NOC Number(s):6651
Minimum Education:Education/training requirements vary
Employment Outlook:Job openings generated due to employment turnover. Occupational outlook currently unavailable.
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Duties Working Conditions Personal Characteristics Education Related Legislation Employment Salary Other Information Related Occupations Related School Subjects Related Field of Study




Duties
Specific duties vary depending on the area of employment. For example, security guards may work in shopping centres, banks, sports facilities, airports, conventions, parking lots, construction sites or public buildings such as hospitals, museums and art galleries. In general, security guards:



  • patrol an assigned area
  • check doors, windows, locks and building interiors for signs of damage or theft
  • provide information, guide traffic or respond to complaints and maintain order
  • watch for intruders sometimes through the use of electronic surveillance systems
  • observe and keep records of security related activities.

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In case of fire or the presence of unauthorized persons, security guards sound alarms or telephone their supervisors, fire department or police. In some situations, security guards may make arrests.
The following types of security work involve being outside and driving:


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  • In patrol car service, a security guard, alone or accompanied by a dog or another guard, patrols construction sites, buildings, or property, as a daily or nightly routine.
  • In mobile patrol, security guards respond to alarms from businesses, residences and schools. If an actual break and enter is detected, they contact police.
  • In camp or construction site guard service, security guards patrol and do gate clearance work at large construction sites or plants. This work may be seasonal with more opportunities for employment during the summer months.

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Inspectors visit work sites to ensure that security employees are performing their duties.
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Working Conditions
Security guards may:



  • work indoors or outdoors in all weather conditions
  • stand most of the time or sit at work stations monitoring electronic security systems
  • work in teams or work alone for extended periods of time
  • wear uniforms.

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Most security guards work shifts that include weekends and holidays. Many work evening and night shifts. Guards who work during the day often must deal with the public.
Security guards may be required to routinely lift items weighing up to 10 kilograms.
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Personal Characteristics
This type of work appeals to people who enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for their work, dealing with people from diverse backgrounds and controlling access to facilities.
Educational Requirements
To work as a security guard in Alberta, applicants must successfully complete a 40 hour basic security training program to qualify for a licence. Equivalencies may be considered. Individuals have up to two years after completing the course to take the Alberta government examination and must achieve 80 per cent or higher. Please visit the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website for a list of approved training providers and information on equivalencies and licencing.
Most employers prefer to hire people who have at least high school education. Some security agencies have no minimum education requirements; however, they do require applicants to:



  • speak and write English
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • have good character references
  • no criminal record based on a current clear Police Information Check (PIC) with a vulnerable sector search
  • be in good health (including the ability to pass eyesight and colour vision testing).

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Some companies require guards to have valid first aid and CPR certificates, a valid driver's license and their own vehicle. Being able to communicate in a second language also is an asset.
In Alberta, many post-secondary institutions offer diploma and degree programs related to law enforcement and criminal justice studies. The following programs may be accepted as equivalent to the 40 hour training course required for a security guard licence.


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  • Bow Valley College in Calgary offers a two year Justice Studies diploma program specializing in Law Enforcement. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 (or at least 65 per cent in ELA 30-2). A criminal record check with vulnerable sector search and a medical examination with eyesight and colour vision testing also are required.
  • Columbia College, a private vocational school in Calgary, offers a 25 week (certificate) and a 50 week (diploma) Criminal Justice Professional program. The entrance requirement for the certificate program is a high school diploma with English Language Arts 30-1 (or 60 per cent in English Language Arts 30-2) or equivalent plus a successful interview.  Contact the school for the specific entrance requirements for the diploma program.
  • Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton offers a two year Police and Security diploma program with a specialization in police studies and a one year Aboriginal Police Studies certificate program. The entrance requirement for both programs is a high school diploma or equivalent with at least 65 per cent in English Language Arts 30-1, 75 per cent in English Language Arts 30-2 or the completion of the Skills Appraisal. A fitness test and criminal record check are required.
  • Hope College in Drumheller offers a 60 week Justice - Corrections diploma program. Entrance requirements include a high school diploma with at least a 60 per cent average in a Grade 12 English, Math, Social Studies and Science or equivalent.  
  • Lethbridge College offers a two year Criminal Justice - Policing diploma program. The entrance requirement for the diploma program is a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants are required to take a computerized placement test, complete a questionnaire and attend an interview with a faculty member. A medical examination and eyesight/colour vision testing are recommended. 
  • Medicine Hat College offers a two year Police and Security diploma program. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with at least 60 per cent in English Language Arts 30-1 or equivalent, and completion of a Standard First Aid and CPR certificate. An interview, program orientation, criminal record check and career profile are required, and a physical fitness test may be required.
  • NorQuest College in Edmonton offers a 40 week Aboriginal Policing and Security certificate program. Applicants must complete an admissions interview, achieve a Grade 10 standing on an admission test and be able to complete a high school diploma or GED by the end of the program, complete a Health Status form and demonstrate they have the physical and mental abilities to participate in the fitness components of the program. A valid Alberta driver's license (can be obtained by the end of the program) and a criminal record check also are required (Note: Program has been suspended for next academic year only). 
  • The University of Alberta Faculty of Extension offers an eight course Security Management program. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The University of Calgary Faculty of Continuing Education offers a 300 hour Security Management program. Applicants must have a high school diploma, be over 23 years of age and have suitable business experience. 

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Continuing education programs may be offered on an as needed basis.
For current information about programs, admission requirements and mature student admission policies, please check post-secondary calendars or websites.
Prospective students should consult employers regarding program suitability and reputation before enrolling in a post-secondary education program. For information about related degree programs, see the Police Officer occupational profile.
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Related Legislation
Under Alberta's Security Services and Investigators Act and Security Services and Investigators (Ministerial) Regulation, you must be licensed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General if you are paid to patrol, guard or provide security, or detect loss of or damage to the property of another person. There are five classes of licence: security guard, executive protection, loss prevention worker, guard dog handler and security alarm responder.
Section revised May 2012
Employment and Advancement
Security guards are employed by:



  • private guard service companies
  • governments
  • retailers
  • construction companies
  • industrial plants
  • hospitals
  • other public and private building owners.

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Employment propects are best for those who have their own transportation and are willing to work night shifts.
Experienced security guards may advance to supervisor, manager or inspector positions.
Security guards are part of the larger National Occupational Classification 6651: Security Guards and Related Occupations. In Alberta, 79 per cent of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:


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  • Management, Administrative and Other Support Services
  • Information, Culture and Recreation
  • Public Administration.

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The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:


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  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

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Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
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Salary
Salaries for security guards vary widely depending on the responsibilities of the position and the type of employer.
According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Security Guards and Related Occupations occupational group earned on average from $12.61 to $24.28 an hour. The mean wage for this group was $15.91 an hour.
For more detailed information, see WAGEinfo.
Section revised February 2012
Other Sources of Information
Post-secondary institution calendars and websites (see Educational Requirements above)
EDinfo website:  www.alis.alberta.ca/edinfo
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website: www.solgen.gov.ab.ca


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Re: Alberta Security Guard

Post by Torontosecurity on Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:04 am

The Security Services and Investigator’s Act requires any person in Alberta who works in any of the security service positions listed below to have a license. To obtain this license an individual must complete a mandatory training program and write a provincial exam. The course outcomes for this training are intended to provide participants with knowledge and skills in their role and responsibilities as security professionals. Columbia College offers the Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course.
Individuals who obtain a provincial license after taking this course may be employed in one of the following positions:

  • Security Services (static or mobile)
  • Loss Prevention Officers
  • Executive Security (body guards)
  • In-house Security
  • Dog Patrol Services
  • Alarm Responders (those who physically respond; not monitoring a screen)


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Re: Alberta Security Guard

Post by Torontosecurity on Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:25 am

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  • Bow Valley College in Calgary offers a two year Justice Studies diploma program specializing in Law Enforcement. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 (or at least 65 per cent in ELA 30-2). A criminal record check with vulnerable sector search and a medical examination with eyesight and colour vision testing also are required.
  • Columbia College, a private vocational school in Calgary, offers a 25 week (certificate) and a 50 week (diploma) Criminal Justice Professional program. The entrance requirement for the certificate program is a high school diploma with English Language Arts 30-1 (or 60 per cent in English Language Arts 30-2) or equivalent plus a successful interview.  Contact the school for the specific entrance requirements for the diploma program.
  • Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton offers a two year Police and Security diploma program with a specialization in police studies and a one year Aboriginal Police Studies certificate program. The entrance requirement for both programs is a high school diploma or equivalent with at least 65 per cent in English Language Arts 30-1, 75 per cent in English Language Arts 30-2 or the completion of the Skills Appraisal. A fitness test and criminal record check are required.


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Re: Alberta Security Guard

Post by Torontosecurity on Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:40 am

The Security Programs department is part of the Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch of the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General.  The Branch administers the Security Services and Investigators Act, Peace Officer Act, Body Armour Control Act, First Nations Policing and Law Enforcement Professional Standards for the Province of Alberta


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Re: Alberta Security Guard

Post by Torontosecurity on Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:42 am

The Security Programs department is part of the Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch of the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General.  The Branch administers the Security Services and Investigators Act, Peace Officer Act, Body Armour Control Act, First Nations Policing and Law Enforcement Professional Standards for the Province of Alberta


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Re: Alberta Security Guard

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Re: Alberta Security Guard

Post by DavidJ on Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:38 pm

Alberta - scroll towards the bottom to find a link to the Security Services and Investigators Act

https://www.solgps.alberta.ca/programs_and_services/public_security/private_security_programs/Pages/SecurityServicesInvestigatorsActDefault.aspx


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Re: Alberta Security Guard

Post by BryanM35 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:36 am

Security guards  are an important part for the organisation they protect an organization's property. as well as they helps to remove  risks.

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