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Essential Security Skills (Part-time)

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Health & Life Sciences

About the Program

This program will emphasize the importance of tactical and practical security solutions and the strategic assessment of risk factors for their control and management. The program provides current, industry-specific, and highly relevant training for individuals who are seeking employment in the field of security services, individuals who are on a career pathway to inspections, investigations, or law enforcement related duties or individuals who are currently employed as security guards and wish to expand their security and enforcement knowledge and skill-set. Students will set themselves apart from others in the field through this specialized training. Students will complete most of their courses online in any order that they wish.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: Admission Requirements

Prospective students are advised that to work in Ontario as a security guard they must have completed the required training and/or testing, be at least 18 years old, possess a clean criminal record, according to the Clean Criminal Record Regulation, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
HEAL0100 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Description: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training teaches you how to defuse challenging and disruptive behavior before an incident escalates to a crisis situation. Successful implementation leads to a change in organizational culture, a change in adult professional behavior, and a change in staff relationships with both service users and stakeholders. These changes offer many benefits to your staff, your organization, and the individuals you serve.
Hours: 8
Credits: 0
HEAL1810 Mental Health First Aid
Description: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This course aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Anyone can benefit from MHFA training. It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
SECU1040 Security Guard Licensing for Ontario
Description: This course is intended for new security guards and/or security guards who need to meet the training requirement to obtain an Ontario Security Guard License. This course contains 12 core modules as prescribed by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, including emergency first aid, road to mental readiness, and evasive self defence techniques. This course includes exercises related to crime prevention and de-escalation of crises.  Students will receive 2 certificates upon completion of the course
Hours: 50
Credits: 3


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Brett Gibson,, 519-748-5220 ext. 3364

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