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Government Exam for ABST & AIT 

Once you have completed your Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) or Alberta Investigators Training (AIT) course, the next step is to take your government final exam. Once you pass, you can apply for your Alberta Security Services licence. The security guard licensing exam and private investigator licensing exam are administered by an official government proctor on specific dates each month and are offered online or in-person at the Tip of Spear facility in Edmonton.

How to take your Alberta Security Guard Exam:

Step 1

Check to make sure you qualify to write the exam.

Step 2

Register to take the exam either ONLINE or IN-PERSON in Edmonton.

Step 3

Pass your government final exam. Click this button to see tips.

Step 4

Apply for your Alberta Security Services licence so you can start working shortly!

Exam requirements

Requirements to Register for the Security Guard Exam

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Did you take the Tip of Spear ABST course IN-PERSON?

Did you

  • Attend all 4 days of the course?

 

If YES, then you can write the exam.

Tip of Spear will automatically register you to take the exam on the Friday of the course. You do not need to register for the exam.

Exam is free (included in the cost of the course).

You are Automatically Registered
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Did you take the Tip of Spear ABST or AIT course ONLINE?

Did you

  • 100% complete the online course, AND

  • Receive at least 80% on the module quizzes?

If YES, then you can register for the exam.

Please register yourself for an exam date. You have the choice to write the exam online or in-person at our facility in Edmonton. The cut-off for registration is 48 hours before the exam.

Exam is $50-60+GST.  As of April 1, 2024 all Online exams will be $60+GST

 

You can choose Options A, B or C below.

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Did you take your course
from a different training company?

Did you

  • Complete and pass your ABST or AIT course through a different training company?

 

If YES, then you can register for the exam.

Please register yourself for an exam date AND email us a copy of your training certificate to info@tipofspear.ca within 24 hours of your registration.

You can choose Options A or B below. You have the choice to write the exam online or in-person at our facility in Edmonton. 

 

In-Person Exam is $50+GST.  As of April 1, 2024 the Online exam fee will increase to $60+GST. If you register for the in-person exam, choose the "ABST/AIT: Write/Rewrite" option when you register on one of the dates below.

CHOOSE: In-Person or Online Exam

**You must have your course fully completed before registering for your exam, or you may be removed from that exam date.

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In-Person Exam

Option A:

Take the exam at our facility in Edmonton.

$50+GST if you:

  • Took your course through Tip of Spear or a different provider (Proof of training with different provider is required)

  • Are writing it for the first time, or re-writing it

FREE if:

  • If you are a corporate client and were advised by your employer/sponsor to register for the free exam.

  • You took the in-person training with Tip of Spear. You do NOT need to register as you are automatically registered.

NOTE: Late entries are not permitted, so arrive at least 20 minutes early

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Online Exam

Option B:

Take the ABST exam online, from your own home, if you are in a rush and need to take your exam right away.  This option has the BEST flexibility for dates.

(Not available for AIT students)

 

The requirements to use this service are to have a stable internet connection, computer/laptop with a microphone, and camera. (You cannot do the exam on a cell phone or tablet) Note:  On exam day, please launch the application 30 minutes in advance of your exam time as no late entries are permitted, and their proctors will help you get started!

$60+GST if you:

  • Took your ABST course through Tip of Spear

  • Are writing the ABST for the first time, or re-writing it

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Online Exam

Option C:

Take the exam online, from your own home. 

 

The requirements to use this service are to have a stable internet connection, computer/laptop with a microphone, and camera. (You cannot do the exam on a cell phone or tablet) Note:  you will be joining a Team Meeting in addition to the exam website, which will be video/sound recorded, be 15 minutes early as no late entries are permitted.

$60+GST if you:

  • Took your course through Tip of Spear or a different provider (Proof of training with different provider is required)

  • Are writing it for the first time, or re-writing it

  • As of April 1, 2024 the Online exam fee will increase to $60+GST.

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Register for the In-Person Exam - Option "A"

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New Additional Online Exam options

for Tip of Spear Students

Online Exams - Option "B"

Tip of Spear has an exciting new partnership to provide online exams to Tip of Spear students which will allow you to write your exam as soon as possible!

 

Currently this is ONLY open to students who trained with Tip of Spear. If you trained with another ABST/AIT accredited course providers, please see our other methods for online examinations, or request other options from your training provider. 

 

$60.00 + GST

 

To be eligible to write your exam in this way, you must have your Tip of Spear training completed 100%.  You can click the link below to have your eligibility checked and request to register for one of these exams.  Once we confirm your course completion, we will email you a link and instructions on how to proceed to book your exam on a day you choose.  You will register and pay the fee directly through our online exam provider.

 

Benefits to using e-proctor Canada:

  • Easy - All you need is a Computer/Laptop with a high speed internet connection, web camera, and microphone, their proctors handle the rest.

  • Affordable – eProctor allows you to save on travel costs and time associated with in-person exams

  • Fast - write your exam sooner

  • Flexibility - More options for dates and times

  • Convenience - write from the comfort of your home

 

Please allow 2 business days to receive confirmation from our office.

Book your online exam with more flexible date and time choices. - Option "B"
(Tip of Spear Students only)

If you took ABST training through Tip of Spear, and would like to take your exam sooner than the dates listed, request to take your online exam below. With this option, you can take your exam as quick as two days away!

 

Please allow 2 business days to receive confirmation and further instructions on how to book your exam time from our office.

This option is not available for our AIT students, please see our other exam options.

Want to learn more about how it works first?

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Register for the Online Exam - OPTION "C"
For those willing to wait for a later available date
Open to Tip of Spear students AND students trained by other providers

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How to Pass Your Security Guard Exam

Want the best chance of passing your exam?

Check out our featured articles that have lots of tips on how the exam works, how to study and prepare well, and how to write the exam so you feel confident!

Next Step: Apply for your Security Services Licence

Once you have written your exam, you will be emailed your grade from Tip of Spear within a week. Alberta Justice will also email you directly within 3-10 days with your official training certificate (download and save this certificate). Once you receive this, you can apply for your security services licence.

 

Click on the button below for full set of instructions on how to apply for your Security Services Licence, including: basic requirements, what information you will need to gather together, and how to submit your application.

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