Security Guard Services in Vancouver, Calgary
and throughout Western Canada


Security is one of the fastest growing fields, with the most diverse career options. The Basic Security Training course prepares individuals for employment as in-house and contract security guards, bouncers, control officers, camera monitors, loss prevention officers and mobile patrol drivers performing such wide ranging duties as static patrol, mobile and foot patrol to major event security or uniformed or covert guard duties.

The Concord Career Centre supplements the basic framework of the course with a scenario based approach that prepares students for the real life application of their studies. Practice tests and other techniques are employed to ensure our students receive the best instruction possible – demonstrated by our exam scores, with over 95% of students successfully passing the BST exam.

Topics in the 40 hours of Justice Institute of British Columbia approved instruction include:
  • Professionalism
  • Emergency Services
  • Legal Issues and the Canadian Criminal Code
  • Powers of Arrest
  • Documentation (note-taking and report writing)
  • Tactical Communications
  • Personal Safety



A Basic Security Training Certificate from the Concord Career Centre means more than basic training – it means a prepared employee from a respected institution.


If you have any questions or concerns related to the Basic Security Training class, feel free to attend one of our information sessions.  Registration is unnecessarry to attend.  Please see information session timing below:

Date: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week
Time: 10:00am
Location: #925 – 4710 Kingsway - Metrotower 1, Burnaby, B.C.
(located across the street from Metrotown Skytrain station)

If you are unable to attend an information session, please call Brandon at: (604) 630-3902.
He will be able to assist with any Basic Security Training related questions.




What is Basic Security Training?
Why do I need Basic Security Training?
What are the prerequisites for Basic Security Training?
What do I need to bring with me to register for a BST class?
Where is the course held?
What times/dates are the course?
Who is the instructor?
How much does the course cost?
What method of payment do you accept?
When do I pay for the course?
Can I take the course through correspondence or online?

What is Basic Security Training?

Basic Security Training has been in required in British Columbia since 1996, originally as Basic Standards Training 1 & 2. In 2009 this course was revised and relaunched as Basic Security Training.

All security professionals in this BC must have this training. It provides the basic know-how for any security job.

Why do I need Basic Security Training?

Under Regulation 3 of the Security Services Act, all individuals performing security work are required to complete mandatory training prior to eligibility for provincial licensing. The Basic Security Training must be successfully completed through a Justice Institute approved training school, such as the Concord Career Centre.

No one may work as a security guard in BC without a BST certificate – it is required by law. Additionally, this training provides the basic know-how for security work.

What are the prerequisites for Basic Security Training?

In order to take BST training, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • MUST be 19 years of age or older.
  • MUST be legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident and Work Permit with NO restrictions).
  • MUST have a clean criminal record.
  • MUST have a primary and secondary identification at registration and at exam time (e.g Valid British Columbia Driver’s License (or) Valid British Columbia Identification Card as well as Permanent Resident Card, Canadian Birth Certificate, First Nations Status Card, etc.).

What do I need to bring with me to register for a BST class?

Please bring: 2 pieces of identification (2 Primary pieces of ID or 1 Primary and 1 Secondary piece of ID)
*All ID must be valid, meaning it should not be expired
*The Security Programs (licensing agency) does NOT accept the Care Card or SIN Card as forms of ID

Primary I.D.

  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence
  • Landing Papers
  • Valid Open Work or Study Permit

Secondary I.D.

  • BC Identification Card or other Provincial ID Issued in Canada
  • Canadian Driver’s License
  • Canadian Firearms License
  • Native Status Card with a Photo
  • Passport from any country

Where is the course held?

In BC, courses are held in the Concord Career Centre within the Concord Security Head Office, located at #925 – 4710 Kingsway (Metrotower I), Burnaby, BC. Right next to Metrotown SkyTrain Station!  Currently, this is the only location in BC where we offer this training.  Training for ABST (required for security licensing in Alberta) is available through our Calgary Regional Office, call 403.252.8005 for more information!

What times/dates are the course?

Please check our online course calendar.

Who is the instructor?

Concord is proud to employ Jay Swamy – formerly deployed as the Occupational Health and Safety Officer at the second largest shopping centre in Canada, Jay is also a certified BC Ambulance Paramedic on top of being a certified BST instructor.  Jay's real world experience in the security field results in thorough training that is applicable to real situations.

How much does the course cost?

Effective October 1, 2011, Concord charges $185.00 for the Basic Security Training course – this fee includes all materials, instruction, and the exam sitting fee.

How do I register?

In order to register, you will need to fill-out a student contract as well as pay the tuition fee at our Metrotown office.  This can be done anytime during office hours - Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.  You MUST register at least one business day prior to the course you wish to attend.  Don't Delay! Classes fill up fast.

What method of payment do you accept?

At this time, the Concord Career Centre only accepts credit and debit cards as forms of payment for the BST course – official receipts are issued.  Cash will not be accepted.

When do I pay for the course?

Course fees are due at the time of registration.

Full refunds will be provided given two full business days notice.  Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of any fees.

Can I take the course through correspondence or online?

Currently, the online version of this course is only available directly through the Justice Institute of BC.