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How to Become a Security Guard in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, a licensed Security Guard has an official NS name:

  • Private Guard.

Becoming a Security Guard or Private Guard in NS is similar to a lot of other provinces: you need to meet basic requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual licensing requirements of this nature.

NS security training

Furthermore, to get a Security Guard license in Nova Scotia with specialized services, you need to take government approved NS Security Guard licensing courses.

In Nova Scotia, the government body that controls a Nova Scotia Security Guard's license is The Department of Justice, Security Programs governed under the NS Private Investigators and Private Guards Act.

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So, it is the Security Programs office that will have a list of approved NS Security Guard licensing courses.

On top of this, you will need to be sponsored by a Nova Scotia security company (your employer).

Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements to the Security Programs office, you will get your Nova Scotia Security Guard license.

Nova Scotia Security Guard License Requirements

  1. Age: You must be 18yo or older.

  2. Criminal Record: You cannot have a criminal record of any kind or be under investigation for a crime. However, NS might still grant you a Security Guard license depending on the details of the record.

  3. Canadian Citizen: You need to be a Canadian citizen or be legally allowed to work in Nova Scotia. You will have to submit a copy of government ID to the Security Programs office.

  4. English: You must be able to speak and write in English.

  5. Nova Scotia Government Approved Security License Course: Your Security Guard license can include special services, such as armed security. You will need to complete a security license course approved by the Security Programs office and submit proof of completion to get these special services on your license. Contact the Security Programs office for a list of approved courses.

  6. Sponsor: You will need a security company to sponsor you.

  7. Passport Photo: You will have to provide the NS Security Programs office with a certified passport photo. Most passport photo services can often certify a passport photo.

  8. Fee: You will have to pay a small licensing fee, around $30CAD.

  9. Submitting: The documents you submit can be sent to the NS Security Programs office via mail or online uploading.

NS Security Guard Salary

Nova Scotia Online Handcuffs Certification

All NS students of the Handcuff Certification will be emailed free access to our online investigations course: ICPI Level 100.

NS Investigator Application Information

NS security application
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Security Programs Office

1681 Granville Street

P.O. Box 7

Halifax, Nova Scotia

B3J 2L6

Phone: (902) 424-2905

Fax: (902) 424-0700

Toll Free: 1-888-760-5577

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What Does a Nova Scotia Security Guard Do?

Nova Scotia Security Guards Patrol Vacant Locations

Nova Scotia Security Guards will do foot patrols of locations for a set number of times per shift.

A common task for a Nova Scotia Security Guard will be checking mechanical rooms for any unusual signs or potential health and safety issues.

Nova Scotia Security Guards watch for hazards and fill out hazard reports (Nova Scotia Guards write a lot of reports).

Guards in Nova Scotia document and report maintenance issues to supervisors.

Many Nova Scotia security sites require Guards to monitor fire extinguishers to ensure that they are not overdue for inspection (official reviews are done by maintenance personnel).

Nova Scotia Security Guards write a lot, including filling in logs as their shifts progresses with what activities are being done at what times. Nova Scotia Guards will have their own security notebooks and will constantly note all unusual sightings, occurrences, and incidents.

Nova Scotia 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.

Contacting supervisors.

Responding to incidents and completing all reports as necessary.

Nova Scotia Security Guards Protect Sites with Customers

If a Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia Security Guards will go directly to their designated sites.

In Nova Scotia 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.