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Ontario provides last-minute update on guard testing

By Canadian Security   

News Public Sector

The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services provided a status update on April 15, the day new regulations come into force, regarding training and testing for security guards and private investigators.

According to the ministry’s website:

Ӣ Basic security guard and private investigator training obtained
through web-based, instructor-led distance learning (e.g. virtual
classroom) will now qualify to meet the ministry’s requirement for
in-class training, under the Training and Testing Regulation. Please
note, any unsupervised, web-based training program that does not
include some real-time interaction with an instructor (e.g. purely
self-study) will not qualify.

Ӣ Candidates will now be advised of their mark and cut score for the
test they have written. Candidates will not be provided direction to
the areas where incorrect responses were made nor to specific areas for
improvement at this time.

Ӣ As of April 15, 2010, new applicants are required to complete basic
training and pass the ministry test prior to applying for a security
guard and/or private investigator licence under the Private Security
and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA).


”¢  The ministry’s curricula for basic training cover the mandatory
topics that must be taught to students. Students will only be
considered to have completed training if they attended the security
guard and/or private investigator basic training course in its
entirety. The security guard basic training course must conform to the
ministry’s security guard curriculum, consist of at least 40 in-class
hours, and include certification in Emergency Level First Aid. The
private investigator basic training course must comply with the
ministry’s private investigator curriculum and consist of at least 50
in-class hours.

More information is available at:

For more coverage of guard testing, read Brian Robertson’s column or view a video interview with Ted Carroll, president of Policing & Security Management Services Inc. and Patrick Ogilvie, chapter chair of ASIS Toronto.

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