Qualifying for a Security Worker Licence
If you were born in Canada and are ordinarily resident here you must provide the Registrar with a:
- Residential address in Canada, plus
- Clear copy of your birth certificate, or
- Canadian passport
- Secure Certificate of Indian Status
If you were not born in Canada, but are ordinarily resident here, you must provide the Registrar with copies (front and back) of one of the following:
- Record of Landing Document
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence Document
- Permanent Residence Card, or
- Citizenship Certificate Card
- Work permit, or
- Study Permit
If you are in Canada on a study or work permit the Registrar will place a condition on your licence that indicates that your security licence will only be valid for the term of your permit.
You will need to prove your identity by providing the Registrar with one of the following valid pieces of photo identification:
- Driver’s licence
- Canadian Permanent Resident Card
- Secure Certificate of Indian Status
- Canadian Firearms Licence (PAL), or
- BC Services Card (with photo)
When you apply for a licence, you must submit a passport-quality photograph of yourself that has been taken within the last 12 months. Passport-quality means it must clearly show the front view of your face with no sunglasses.
You must update your photograph every five years while holding a security licence.
Please note ink and roll fingerprints are no longer accepted effective July 2014.
You must provide the Registrar with your fingerprint results. Complete the first page of the Request for Fingerprinting Under the Security Services Act (PDF) and take it to an approved digital fingerprinting agency. The second page will be completed by the agency which will return the completed slip at the bottom of the second page to you. Attach the slip to your application.
Fingerprints are only required for your first application. Once your fingerprint results are on file with the Registrar, it is unlikely that you will be required to repeat the process. However, in certain circumstances the Registrar may request that you do them again.
Contact your local RCMP detachment or municipal police force for digital fingerprinting services. You may also visit the RCMP website for a list of accredited third party digital fingerprinting agencies.
Armoured car guards, private investigators, alarm monitors, alarm responders, security guards and security guards under supervision must be sufficiently fluent in English in order to communicate with the public while carrying out their duties. Canadian Language Benchmark level five is the minimum language level you must meet in order to be licensed as a security worker in British Columbia.
Criminal, Police and Correctional Record Checks
When you apply for a security worker licence you also consent to the Registrar conducting criminal record, police information and correctional service record checks on you. These checks help the Registrar determine whether or not to approve your application.
The checks may reveal charges, convictions, peace bonds, recognizance orders, stay of proceedings, conditional and absolute discharges of any offence.
Under the Security Services Act, you have 14 days to notify the Registrar of any new charges or convictions filed against you.
Mental Health Condition Report
You must let the Registrar know of any mental health condition for which you are receiving treatment. This information helps the Registrar determine whether or not to approve your application. If you are receiving treatment, provide the Mental Health Condition Form (PDF) to your doctor to complete.
If you come under the care of a doctor for a mental health condition while you are licensed, advise the Registrar using the form Reporting an Update to Current Security Worker Licence (PDF) and provide the Mental Health Condition Form (PDF) to your doctor to complete.
Police and Peace Officer Status
You may not hold a security worker licence in British Columbia if you are a member of a police force as defined in the Police Act.
However, you may be considered for a security worker licence if you are a:
- Volunteer auxiliary or reserve constable
- Corrections officer
- Court-appointed bailiff, or
- Special provincial constable or special municipal constable (defined in the Police Act)
You must provide a letter from your superior that lists what access you have to justice, court or police information systems with your application. These information systems must be listed by name. The letter must also explicitly state that you understand you may not use information from these systems while acting as a security worker.
You must be at least 19 to hold a security worker licence except for a locksmith under supervision, a security alarm installer under supervision or a security alarm monitor, for which you must be at least 16.