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Together, let's grow your
Alberta Security Guard
or Private Investigation career

Start your Alberta security guard or private investigation career today with the required entry-level training, or become a professional with our advanced training. We are pleased to provide for you:

✔  Basic online and in-person training for security and private investigation

✔  Additional study resources to pass the exam

✔  Advanced training to grow in your career

✔  Support in applying for your security licence

✔  Government final exams online and in-person

✔  Unlimited support with any questions

✔  Job opportunities through our partner employers



Third-Party VIP Protection Training

Advance your career in security & law enforcement by learning the physical tactics of close protection. This 3 day world-renowned certificate program will teach you everything you need to know to keep your VIP safe.

4 Simple Steps to become a Security Guard in Alberta!


Step 4

Apply for your Security Services licence.


Step 1

Check to make sure you meet the basic requirements.


Step 2

Complete the Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) online or in-person.


Step 3

Pass your government exam online or in-person.

Why Start a Career in Security
or Private Investigations?

There are so many reasons why security and private investigation careers are worth it. It doesn't take long to take the minimal schooling and get licensed, there are so many job opportunities and options like part-time work if you need an extra job, and of course you have a vital role in helping to keep your community safe!

✔   Minimal schooling

✔   Low training and licensing costs

✔   In-demand jobs

✔   Flexible shifts, part-time shifts available

✔   Meaningful work, helping your community stay safe

✔   Opportunities to advance into specialized fields like close protection and loss prevention

✔   Pivot into other careers like law enforcement or emergency response

Student Reviews

"I have been a cop in the US for years including swat. This is far the most realistic and best training I have been to yet for defensive tactics."

- Kalin P.

Why choose Tip of Spear?

Tip of Spear Academy provides government-accredited training to start and advance your security guard or private investigator career in Alberta. We are passionate not just about helping you get your Security Services licence, but about your personal safety and your ongoing success in your career too. We are one the largest and longest running training providers in Alberta, training over 15,000 students since 2011.


15,000+ trained

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Security Guard and Private Investigation training accredited with Alberta Justice


15 certified instructors with decades of experience in the protection industry

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Gold standard reputation and reviews


12+ years operating (since 2011)


Albertan owned and operated, serving all of Alberta and Western Canada

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Some of our Incredible Clients we are Proud to Partner with

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Looking for a Job in Security?

Apply once and get access to multiple companies who are hiring across Western Canada!

Tip of Spear has partnerships with many security companies and other companies that hire security staff.

They trust our training, and the quality of the guards that complete our programs.

Register now and get the job you want, quickly!

Advanced Security Guard Courses in Edmonton


De-Escalation Training

Tactical Communications

Learn how to address bylaw/policy violations and criminal offences based on the authorities of your job, while limiting escalation of the

use of force.


Handcuff & Baton Training

Defensive Tactics (PPCT)

Get certified to use handcuffs & baton, and learn the principles of arrest & control and use of force. 


Situational Awareness Training

Personal Risk Recognition & Response

Learn how to increase your situational awareness, recognize risk indicators and mitigate them proactively before they turn into a  dangerous situation. 

Upcoming Training Course Dates

Click on each item in the calendar to view more details.

Additional Resources


About these Careers

Learn more about these careers in our comprehensive knowledge-base.



Learn more about the industry, how to advance, and tips and tricks to succeed.



Find the answer to your questions in our Frequently Asked Questions section.



Register for our Employment Database to have hiring companies contact you with jobs.

Ready? Start taking your security guard training now!

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Classroom Course

Learn in-person with other students, in an interactive, engaging learning experience with a live instructor.

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Online Course

Learn online 24/7 at home, at your convenience and your own pace. Ideal for busy, self-motivated individuals.

About Security Guard and Private Investigation Careers


Security Guard Careers

Learn more about what a security guard career is like, plus other careers in the security industry so you can see if this direction is right for you.

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Private Investigation Careers

Learn what private investigators actually do and if it's a good fit for you.

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