Ontario Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing

To work as a security guard and/or private investigator in Ontario, you must have a valid licence. You can obtain a licence by passing a course from a training entity identified by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) , showing proof of a clean criminal record, and successfully completing a 60-question exam.

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Security guard and private investigator tests take place at approximately 30 locations across the province.

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Tests take 90 minutes and are offered in a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice format.

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How do I get a testing completion number (TCN)?

Your testing completion number is your ID code for your test and will be used by ServiceOntario and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) for licensing purposes. Your testing completion number can be found on your appointment confirmation and reminder emails. If you are having trouble locating this number, please contact us with your full name and date of birth and a description of your issue.

How do I apply for my license/how do I renew my licence?

You must apply for or renew your licence through ServiceOntario. You cannot perform these tasks at DriveTest or through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. You can find more information on the licensing process and find the licence application documents on the ServiceOntario website.

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Ontario Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing

In Ontario, any person who performs work, for remuneration, that consists primarily of guarding or patrolling for the purpose of protecting persons or property requires a security guard licence. This includes, but is not limited to, bodyguards, bouncers, and loss prevention personnel.

Private investigators are persons who perform work, for remuneration, that consists primarily of conducting investigations in order to provide information on the character or actions of a person, the business or occupation of a person, and the whereabouts of persons or property.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) regulates Ontario's private security industry with an aim to ensure work is carried out professionally, effectively, safely, and lawfully.

On behalf of MCSCS, Serco Canada Inc. administers security guard and/or private investigator tests at DriveTest Centres across the province. ServiceOntario then processes security guard and/or private security applications and issues security guard and private investigator licences to eligible applicants.

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If you have an Ontario testing completion number (TCN) from your training provider and a credit card, you can book online now.

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