In some ways, becoming a Security Guard in New Brunswick is similar to a lot of other Canadian provinces. You'll need to meet basic license requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature.
However, there are a few big differences regarding New Brunswick security licensing:
Most provinces require you to take a security licensing course, New Brunswick does NOT.
You need to be employed by a NB security company to obtain a Security Guard license.
In New Brunswick, the government body that controls a NB Security Guard's license is the Department of Justice and Public Safety.
Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and NB security company employment to the Department of Justice and Public Safety, you will get your New Brunswick Security Guard license.
NB Security Guard License Requirements
NB Department of Justice and Public Safety
Be 18yo or older.
Be a Canadian citizen or be legally allowed to work in NB.
Have a clean criminal record. The DJPS will perform a records check on you via the security application.
Be sponsored by a New Brunswick security agency.
What Does a New Brunswick Security Guard Do?
New Brunswick Security Guards Patrol Vacant Locations
New Brunswick Security Guards will do foot patrols of locations for a set number of times per shift.
A common task for a New Brunswick Security Guard will be checking mechanical rooms for any unusual signs or potential health and safety issues.
New Brunswick Security Guards watch for hazards and fill out hazard reports (New Brunswick Guards write a lot of reports).
Guards in New Brunswick document and report maintenance issues to supervisors.
Many New Brunswick security sites require Guards to monitor fire extinguishers to ensure that they are not overdue for inspection (official reviews are done by maintenance personnel).
New Brunswick Security Guards write a lot, including filling in logs as their shifts progresses with what activities are being done at what times. New Brunswick Guards will have their own security notebooks and will constantly note all unusual sightings, occurrences, and incidents.
New Brunswick 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.
New Brunswick Security Guards Protect Sites with Customers
If a New Brunswick 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 New Brunswick Security Guards will go directly to their designated sites.
In New Brunswick 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.
New Brunswick Security Guards are usually responsible for site cleanliness when there are no designated cleaning staff. This means as a New Brunswick Security Guard, expect to be cleaning a lot of trash.
Monitoring CCTV cameras will be a big part of a New Brunswick 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, New Brunswick Security Guards will have to assist customers in various non-security ways. This can be giving them directions or carrying items for them. Furthermore, New Brunswick Security Guards will often be expected to be friendly, outgoing, and talkative with customers in their security sites.
A constant security issue for New Brunswick security sites with customers will be smoking, alcohol consumption, and narcotics. New Brunswick Security Guards will often be making sure people aren’t smoking in non-smoking areas, consuming alcohol, or narcotics. For the latter, a New Brunswick Security Guard will usually report the issue to local police.
If the New Brunswick 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 New Brunswick Security Guard in a site with customers.
New Brunswick Security Guards Work at Security Gates
New Brunswick 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 New Brunswick Security Guard. The Guard will determine if the individual may pass.
During medical emergencies, the New Brunswick Security Guard will direct traffic to allow easy access for New Brunswick EMS vehicles.
New Brunswick Security Guards Deal with Medical Issues
Emergencies at a New Brunswick security site can happen at any time, day or night. On going communication will be key for all New Brunswick Security Guards involved to get through the emergency with the best possible outcome.
New Brunswick EMS/ ambulances will often be called by New Brunswick Security Guards.
The New Brunswick Security Guard that places the 911 call will relay info regarding who, what, where, why, and when.
New Brunswick Security Supervisors will usually take lead on these incidents and direct other New Brunswick Guards to specific tasks to perform during the emergency.
New Brunswick 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 Canadian 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 Canadian Security Guards.