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Private Investigators and Security Guards Program

The Private Investigators and Security Guards Act, 1997 requires individuals to hold a valid security guard or private investigators licence while employed by a licensed security business in Saskatchewan. The licence is only valid for that particular business.


1. Benefits

Once you qualify for a security guard or private investigator licence and obtain employment with a licensed security business, you may be responsible for a variety of tasks assigned by your employer and the security business client.

As a security guard, your responsibilities may include loss prevention, protection of property and employees of a client, and directing traffic on private property.

As a private investigator, your responsibilities may include gathering information and investigating matters assigned by the private investigator business and that of the business clients. For example, the investigation of a fire scene to determine the cause of the fire for insurance purposes.


2. Eligibility

Anyone seeking a security guard licence must be at least 18 years old and of good character, as applicants are required to submit a criminal record check. To qualify for a full security guard licence, all individuals must complete the Saskatchewan Justice Approved Security Guard Training Course through an approved course provider and obtain a standard of at least 75% on the exam administered by the Registrar for Private Investigators and Security Guards.

Those seeking a private investigators licence must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and all privacy laws. Applicants must show experience in conducting investigations.

Your employer may apply for a temporary security guard licence on your behalf by filling out the Application for Employee's Temporary Security Guard Licence form until you have completed the course.


3. How to Apply

If you would like to apply to become a Private Investigator or Security Guard, have your employer complete forms B and C in the "Apply" section. Pay special attention to the fees and anything else that may need to be included with your application package. This will be outlined in the forms.

If you are an employer wishing to license a security and or private investigator businesses, complete forms A and D in the "Apply" section.


4. Apply

To become a private investigator or security guard you and your employer must complete the following forms:

To license a security and/or private investigator businesses complete the following forms:

Please note that the business must be registered with Information Service Corporation.

Once you have completed your application package, return it to:

Private Investigators and Security Guards
Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety
2nd Floor, 515 Henderson Drive
Regina, SK  S4N 5X1


5. Further Information

Once you have completed the training course and passed the examination with a grade of 75% or higher, you will receive a certificate from the approved course provider. The Private Investigator and Security Guard Program enters the individual into a data system, which tracks:

  • course completion data;
  • companies the individual has/had licences with; and
  • any information related to that persons role in the private security industry.

All security licences are valid for one year.

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