ABST (Security Training) Course

The Security Services and Investigators Act (S-4.7, 2008) requires that anyone who works as a professional to “protect an organization’s property, personnel and information against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry” must have a license. To obtain this license to practice as a security professional, an individual must complete a mandatory training program and write a provincial licensing exam.

The Hamptons College Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course in Calgary is designed to prepare candidates for the provincial licensing exam. Our excellent instructors have rich experiences in the security industry and have over 20 years of experience teaching. The Hamptons College ABST course is designed to provide participants with the hands-on training and knowledge they need to excel as security professionals and their roles and responsibilities as security professionals.

Prospective Careers

At the completion of this training and after obtaining the provincial licence, candidates could be employed in the industry as:

  • Loss prevention officers in major corporations and institutions
  • In-house security
  • Alarm responders
  • Bodyguards or executive security personnel
  • Dog patrol services
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Hamptons College in-class ABST Course

The in-class ABST course at Hamptons College is run every two weeks. The course consists of seven modules, delivered over a period of 38.5 hours, days or evenings.

Each participant will be provided with the ABST course manual, which complements other course materials, interactive class discussions and video/internet based exercises. The seven modules that make up the ABST course include:

  • Module one: Introduction to the security industry security badge
  • Module two: The Canadian legal system and security professionals
  • Module three: Basic security procedures
  • Module four: Communication for security professionals
  • Module five: Documentation and evidence
  • Module six: Emergency response procedures for security professionals
  • Module seven: Health and safety for security professionals

Program Costs

Cost for in-class ABST course at Hamptons College is $260 per participant. Included in this cost are course materials and proctoring of the provincial licencing exams at Hamptons College at the completion of the course.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Fluent in English language (at least level 5 Canadian Language Benchmark)
  • No serious criminal convictions that have not been pardoned


Note: The ABST is also accepted in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Mandatory Provincial Exam

Upon completion of the Hamptons College ABST course, the candidate will become eligible to write the mandatory proctored solicitor general’s provincial exam. Pass mark for this exam and for licensure is 80%.

Tuition Refunds

Graduation and Licencing

In order to graduate and be allowed to sit for the licencing exams, candidates must successfully complete the 38.5 hour in-class basic security training course.

Hamptons College in-class ABSaLicencing Application Steps on Successfully Completing the Course and Passing the Provincial ExamsT Course

  • Have a member of the police service, peace officer, or commissioner of oaths, employed by the police service, sign the back of your passport photo
  • Apply and obtain an employment police information check (PIC), must include CPIC, vulnerable sector, and local database
  • Complete all sections of the application form — PRINT AND CAPITALS ONLY
  • Sign both part 5 and 6 of the form
  • Must include photocopies of both sides of two government-issued identifications
  • Provide photocopies of proof of training
  • Submit your domestic or international application with all additional documents to:

Security Programs

P.O. Box 1023, Station Main

Edmonton, AB T5J 2M1

Or by courier

Security Programs

Alberta Solicitor General and Public Safety

9th Floor, 10365, 97th Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7


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