Becoming a Security Guard in British Columbia is similar to a lot of other provinces: you need to meet basic requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. Furthermore, to become a Security Guard in BC, you need to take a government approved BC Security Guard licensing course called BASIC SECURITY TRAINING (BST). In BC, the government body that controls a British Columbia Security Guard's license is the Registrar of Security Services. So, it is the Registrar that will have a list of approved Security Guard licensing courses. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and completion of the Security Guard licensing course to the Registrar, you will get your British Columbia Security Guard license.
BC Security Guard Requirements
Age: You must be 19 or older.
Criminal Record: You cannot have a criminal record. The Registrar will perform a criminal check on you.
Canadian Citizen: You need to be a Canadian citizen and submit a copy of government ID to the Registrar.
English: You must be able to speak and write in English.
Government Approved BST Course: You will need to complete a license course approved by the Registrar and submit proof of completion. This can be an online course. Contact the Registrar for a list of approved courses.
Passport Photo: You have to provide the Registrar with a certified passport photo.
Fee: You will have to pay a small licensing fee. Consult the Registrar for the fee amount.
Submitting: The documents you submit can be sent to the Registrar via mail or online uploading.
BC BASIC SECURITY TRAINING Equivalent
You are able to possibly avoid needing to take the BST if you have equivalent experience the Security Programs Division deems as acceptable. Contact the Security Programs Division to determine if your experience is acceptable. You will need to attach your employment history in the BC Security Guard application. Possible experience equivalent includes,
Canada Border Services Agency
Previous Security Experience
What Does a BC Security Guard Do?
BC Security Guards Patrol Vacant Locations
BC Security Guards will do foot patrols of locations for a set number of times per shift.
A common task for a BC Security Guard will be checking mechanical rooms for any unusual signs or potential health and safety issues.
BC Security Guards watch for hazards and fill out hazard reports (BC Guards write a lot of reports).
Guards in BC document and report maintenance issues to supervisors.
Many BC security sites require Guards to monitor fire extinguishers to ensure that they are not overdue for inspection (official reviews are done by maintenance personnel).
BC Security Guards write a lot, including filling in logs as their shifts progresses with what activities are being done at what times. BC Guards will have their own security notebooks and will constantly note all unusual sightings, occurrences, and incidents.
BC Security Guards will respond to alarms and act accordingly as per the Emergency Response plan set in place by supervisors. This may include,
Evacuation of the security site.
Checking alarm system on the way out for information about where the problem is occurring.
Responding to incidents and completing all reports as necessary.
BC Security Guards Protect Sites with Customers
If a BC Security Guard is working in a team environment, they will usually meet for a pre-shift briefing at a set location. Once the meeting has been completed the BC Security Guards will go directly to their designated sites.
In BC security site locations with customers, Guards will do a lot of patrolling. This can be in a building or outside in places such as parking lots.
BC Security Guards are usually responsible for site cleanliness when there are no designated cleaning staff. This means as a BC Security Guard, expect to be cleaning a lot of trash.
Monitoring CCTV cameras will be a big part of a BC Security Guard’s job. This will be on a continuous basis with follow ups on issues seen.
When it comes to security sites in the service industry, BC Security Guards will have to assist customers in various non-security ways. This can be giving them directions or carrying items for them. Furthermore, BC Security Guards will often be expected to be friendly, outgoing, and talkative with customers in their security sites.
A constant security issue for BC security sites with customers will be smoking, alcohol consumption, and narcotics. BC Security Guards will often be making sure people aren’t smoking in non-smoking areas, consuming alcohol, or narcotics. For the latter, a BC Security Guard will usually report the issue to local police.
If the BC security site is a residence, responding to noise complaints will be a big part of the job.
Of course, catching shoplifters will be a constant for a BC Security Guard in a site with customers.
BC Security Guards Work at Security Gates
BC Security Guards will patrol parking areas to make sure vehicles are registered at that security site.
Every person entering through the security gate will produce valid photo ID to the BC Security Guard. The Guard will determine if the individual may pass.
During medical emergencies, the BC Security Guard will direct traffic to allow easy access for BC EMS vehicles.
BC Security Guards Deal with Medical Issues
Emergencies at a BC security site can happen at any time, day or night. On going communication will be key for all BC Security Guards involved to get through the emergency with the best possible outcome.
BC EMS/ ambulances will often be called by BC Security Guards.
The BC Security Guard that places the 911 call will relay info regarding who, what, where, why, and when.
BC Security Supervisors will usually take lead on these incidents and direct other BC Guards to specific tasks to perform during the emergency.
BC Security Guards will always remain calm and professional. Furthermore, they will assist however they can.
About the Author
Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years working in BC security. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous security training programs in various capacities. Peter has personally trained many BC Security Guards.