Alberta Basic Security Training Course (ABST)


The Security Services and Investigators Act (S-4.7, 2008) requires that any person who works as a professional in order to “protect an organizations property, personnel and information against fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry”, must have a license. To obtain this license to practice as a security professional, an individual must complete a mandatory training program and write a provincial licensing exam.Security

The Cambrooks College Aberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course is designed to prepare candidates for the provincial licensing exam. Our excellent instructors have rich experiences in the security industry and have over 20 years experience teaching in the industry. The Cambrooks College ABST course is designed to provide participants with the hands on training and knowledge they need to excel as security professionals and in their roles and responsibilities as a security professional.

At the completion of this training and after obtaining the provincial license, candidates could be employed in the industry as:

  • Loss prevention officers in major corporations and institutions
  • Bodyguards or executive security personnel
  • In-house security
  • Dog patrol services
  • Alarm responders

Course Delivery Methods

The online course is offered continuously at the cost per participant of 95 dollars payable online or in person at Cambrooks College. This cost includes proctoring fee for writing their provincial exams at Cambrooks College premises. For registration and online Cambrooks College ABST course, please click here for more details.

Please Call Cambrooks College ABST coordinator at 403-452-3694 or e mail to schedule your proctored provincial licensing exam after you have successfully completed your online course.

The in class ABST course at Cambrooks College is run every two weeks. The course consists of seven modules, delivered over a period of 38.5 hours days or evenings.

Each participant will be provided with the ABST course manual, which complements other course materials, interactive class discussions and video/internet based exercises. The seven modules that make up the ABST course include:

Module one: Introduction to the Security industry Security Badge
Module two: The Canadian legal system and security professionals
Module three: Basic security procedures
Module four: Communication for security professionals
Module five: Documentation and evidence
Module six: Emergency response procedures for security professionals
Module seven: Health and safety for security professionals.
Program costs
Cost for in-class ABST course at Cambrooks College is 260 dollars per participant. Included in this cost are course materials and proctoring of the provincial licensing exams at Cambrooks College at the completion of the course.

Cost for online course is 95 dollars with Free proctoring of the provincial exams at Cambrooks College.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Fluent in English language (at least level 5 Canadian Language benchmark)
  • No serious criminal convictions that have not been pardoned.

Note: The ABST is also accepted in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Mandatory Provincial Exam

Upon completion of the Cambrooks College ABST course, the candidate will become eligible to write the mandatory proctored solicitor general’s provincial exam. Pass mark for this exam and for licensure is 80%.

Tuition Refunds

Once enrolled in Cambrooks College ABST course and other continuing education programs and received the course materials, no refunds are issued. Candidates may be allowed to reschedule their course to a future date, based on the availability of spaces. Please contact the Cambrooks College ABST course coordinator at 403-452-3694 or email for details on application, admission, registration procedures, provincial exams, cost and delivery dates.

Graduations and Licensing

In order to graduate and be allowed to sit for the licensing exams, candidates must successfully complete all the online modules (for on line students) and complete the 38.5 hour in class basic security training course.

Licensing application steps on successfully completing the course and passing the provincial exams
1. Have a member of the police service, peace officer or commissioner of oaths employed by the police service sign the back of your passport photo.
2. Apply and obtain an employment police information check (PIC), must include CPIC, Vulnerable sector and local database.
3. Complete all sections of the application form—PRINT AND CAPITALS ONLY
4. Sign both part 5 and 6 of the form
5. Must include photocopies of both sides of two government issued identifications
6. Provide photocopies of proof of training
7. Submit your application with all additional documents to:

Security Programs
P.O. Box 1023, Station MAIN
Edmonton, AB. T5J 2M1

Or by courier

Security Programs
Alberta Solicitor General and Public Safety
9th Floor, 10365, 97th Street
Edmonton, AB. T5J 3W7