Regular licence

Conditions for obtaining a regular licence

Thinking about a career in private security? Do you meet all the prerequisites for obtaining the mandatory licence? Consult the list below to find out what they are. 

Individual entrepreneurs: Both agents and agencies

Individual entrepreneurs are subject to the PSA both as agencies, because they offer private security services to the public, and as agents, because they carry on the services they offer.

Self-employed individuals must therefore hold both an agency licence AND an agent licence in the appropriate class.

If you are self-employed, go to the Agency section to learn more about your obligations. 

Do you meet the age requirement?

To get a regular agent licence, you must be at least 18 years of age.  

Do you have the required training or equivalent knowledge and skills?

When applying for a licence, and depending on the desired licence class, you must demonstrate that you have successfully completed the mandatory training prescribed by regulation.

You may also request an analysis of the equivalence of your knowledge and skills if you have not completed the required training. 

The required training

Security Guarding:

You must complete at least 70 hours of course in a private security guarding program for zhich a training certificate is issued by a school board.

This course includes three mandatory modules:

  • Environment, functions. legislation and standards of conduct (30 hours)
  • Emergency procedures (24 hours)
  • First aid in the workplace, recognized by CNESST (16 hours)

For more information about this training course and the next dates it will be offered by a school board in your area, go to agentdesecurite.ca (clickable link).

Security guarding training courses recognized by the Minister of Public Security

In accordance with Section 112.1 of the PSA and following the recognition by the Minister of Public Security of certain security guarding training courses other than those prescribed by the Regulation respecting the training required to obtain an agent licence to carry on private security activities, BSP accepts the following training courses provided that they are taken and successfully completed from the date on which they met all the recognition criteria:

Trainer/Training centre

Title of training course

Must be taken starting from…

Groupe de sécurité Garda SENC

Basic Security Guard Training

May 30, 2016

Services Professionnels de Formation en Sécurité et Enquêtes (SPFSE Inc.)

Sûreté privée

February 27, 2014

Montreal Elite Security

Private Security Guarding Training Program for Security Agents

January 15, 2015 

Centre 2000 de formation professionnelle

Private Security Guarding

August 15, 2012

Sécuritas Canada Limitée

Security Guard Training

February 3, 2017

Corps canadien des Commissionnaires (division du Québec)

Security Guard Training

March 12, 2015

Stéphane Boucher

Security Guard Training

September 30, 2016

Canadian Tactical Training Academy

Private Security

October 1, 2012/ This training has ceased to be offered since April 8, 2017

Agence de sécurité Mirado Inc.

Training of Security Guard

April 13, 2016 / This training has ceased to be offered since August 31, 2017.

 

Investigation:

You have three options:

  • You must have successfully completed the 135-hour course “Initiation aux techniques d’enquête et d’investigation” offered in a college-level educational institution;
  • You must have obtained, within the past five years, a college diploma in police technology or an equivalent diploma recognized by Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).
  • You must have obtained, within the past five years, a bachelor’s degree in security and police studies or an equivalent degree recognized by Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).  

Electronic security systems:

Under the PSA and its regulations, no specific training is required to obtain a licence in this class.

Caution! Training to carry on an activity related to electronic security systems may be required by another body regulating this sector, such as Commission de la construction du Québec 

Locksmith work:

You must obtain a diploma of vocational studies in locksmithing or its equivalent recognized by Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).

For more information about this training course and the next dates it will be offered by a school board in your area, go to the Inforoute de la Formation professionnelle et technique website.  

Transport of valuables:

You must successfully complete training on the handling of firearm and the use of force provided by an instructor qualified by École nationale de police du Québec (ENPQ).

Accredited ENPQ qualified instructors offer their services directly to valuables transport agencies that have an agency licence issued by BSP. You must therefore contact these agencies to complete the required training.  

Security consulting:

There is no specific training required for security consulting. However, you must demonstrate to BSP’s satisfaction that you have the practical knowledge and professional skills necessary to provide security consulting services. You must be able to provide consulting services on protection against theft, intrusion, or vandalism independently from security guarding, investigation, locksmith work, electronic security systems, and valuables transport activities, particularly by developing plans or specifications or presenting projects.

To do this, your file may include:

  • A copy of your résumé along with proof of employment or client testimonials, including a detailed description of the duties performed and the duration of each job or assignment
  • A copy of relevant diplomas, transcripts, or training certificates
  • Examples of completed projects  

Evaluation of equivalence of knowledge and skills

If you have not completed the required training for the desired agent licence class but think you have sufficient, relevant knowledge, you may submit a request to BSP to evaluate your knowledge and skills in relation to the required training.

You must therefore provide proof of the following, which will be taken into consideration when evaluating your file:

  • Diplomas obtained in relevant or related fields
  • Nature and content of courses you have completed as well as the results you obtained
  • Internships and other training activities you have completed
  • Nature and duration of your experience in security

Caution! A résumé is not proof of your experience. You must obtain proof of employment from your employers. To do this, we recommend using the following templates:

Below is some additional information to guide you in your request for an evaluation of the equivalence of knowledge and skills.  

Security guarding

You can obtain a confirmation letter of hours worked in security guarding from the Parity Committee for security guards by submitting a request directly online at www.cpasecurite.qc.ca/en/, by email at cpas@cpasecurite.qc.ca, or by fax at 514-493-6661.

Furthermore, proof of the successful completion of a 16-hour workplace first aid course, issued by a CNESST-accredited body, is required for any request for an evaluation of the equivalence of knowledge and skills. To find out where this training is offered in your area, refer to the Liste provinciale des organismes de formation en secourisme au travail.  

Investigation

Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe offers recognition of prior learning and competencies service for the Initiation aux techniques d’enquête et d’investigation program.  

Locksmith work

Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys offers recognition of prior learning and competencies service for the locksmith vocational training program.  

Transport of valuables

You can send us a valid Authorization to Carry Restricted Firearms and Certain Handguns (ATC) issued by the Chief Firearms Officer for Québec.

Caution! Do not confuse an ATC with a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). A PAL is not equivalent to an ATC or the training required under the regulation for an agent in the Transport of valuables class. 

Do you have a criminal history?

To get an agent licence, and throughout the term of your licence, you must:

  • Have never been found guilty of a criminal offence related to the private security activity for which you are applying for a licence, unless you have obtained a pardon; and
  • Be of good moral character, i.e., you conduct yourself in accordance with society’s moral and social values.

To determine whether you meet these criteria, BSP must send your personal information to Sûreté du Québec (SQ) so that it can perform a security check. SQ will then inform BSP of the results of its verification and give its opinion as to whether the criteria have been met.

Upon receipt of this information, BSP will determine whether you meet the criminal history and moral character criteria.

Have you read the obligations associated with the licence?

When you sign your licence application form, you declare that you are aware of your responsibilities and obligations if you are issued a licence.

Please familiarize yourself with them now if you haven’t already done so.

(Obligations Associated with an Agent Licence)

Do you have all the relevant documents on hand?

Get ready! To be processed, your application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • A copy of your birth certificate:
    If you were born in Canada: Issued by the Directeur de l’état civil or Vital Statistics Agency of your province of origin.
    If you were born outside Canada: Issued by the competent government authority in your country of origin. If your birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, you must also provide a translation of it into one of these two official languages. It must be translated by a member of Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ).  
  • A copy of your valid driver’s licence (necessary if you have one). If you do not have one, you must provide a copy of another piece of valid identification issued by a government in Canada (federal or provincial) that includes your name, photo, signature, and date of birth. The following documents are accepted: passport, health insurance card, certificate of Canadian citizenship (photo card), permanent resident card, and Certificate of Indian Status.  
  • Two (2) identical colour passport-size (5 cm x 7 cm) photos taken within six (6) months prior to application. The photo must be taken facing front, against a white background, showing your full face from the shoulders up, with your head uncovered, and dated on the back with a date stamp. The back of one photo must be certified by your respondent.
    Note: Hats and head coverings must not be worn unless they are worn daily for religious or medical reasons. However, your full face must be clearly visible and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.

                

Choose your respondent carefully!

Make sure your respondent meets the following criteria:

  • Is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Is 18 or over
  • Has personally known you for at least one year
  • Is available for verification by BSP

If you do not know anyone who meets all these criteria, the only person authorized to certify your photo is a commissioner of oaths, notary, or lawyer.

Make sure your respondent completes and signs the respondent’s declaration on the form and signs one of your photos. 

  • Documents certifying that you meet the training and/or equivalency requirements, if applicable (e.g., diplomas, transcripts, and proof of employment from current and previous employers describing the main duties performed, the number of years of continuous service, and the number of hours worked annually).  
  • For Security Guarding applications: A legible copy of your valid workplace first aid card (CNESST 16-hour training).  

Go to the Complete an Application section when you’re ready!