Become a Security Guard, Locksmith or Bodyguard in Vancouver

Basic Security Training (BST) is the streamlined replacement program to the original Basic Standards 1 and Basic Standards 2. BST is the only mandatory licensing course you need to obtain a security worker licence. Following your successful completion of this course, LSTI will help you find employment through our many professional connections. 

Completing this 40-hour course is the first step toward a rewarding career, as well as opening the doorway to additional courses that can help you land the security position of your choosing, such as:

  • Armoured Car Guard
  • Bodyguard
  • Closed-Circuit Television Installer
  • Commissionaires
  • Doorperson at Licensed Liquor Establishments
  • Electronic Locking Device Installer
  • In-House Private Investigator
  • In-House Security Guard
  • K-9 Guard Dog Handler
  • Locksmith
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Alarm Sales, Service, Monitoring and Response Personnel 
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Guard

Course Requirements

Successful completion of this course allows you to work as security professional within British Columbia. You must be at 19 years of age before you can apply for a Basic Security Training Licence.

Course Overview

As a 40-hour course, BST training focuses on the following content:

  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Legal Studies
  • Report Writing
  • Personal Safety

Course Objectives

Following the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define a “Security Professional” 
  • Understand the Code of Ethics in the Security Profession
  • Understand the Importance of “Customer Service in the Security Profession"
  • List Incidents to which a Security Professional might Respond
  • Understand the Distinctions between Security Professionals and Police
  • Explain the Guidelines for Protecting the Scene of an Incident
  • Define the “Law” and State its Function
  • List Laws that Guide the Legal Framework of Security Professionals
  • Identify Essential Elements of Common Offences
  • Describe the Powers and Limitations of Security Professionals Under the Law
  • Explain the Benefits of a Security Professional’s Notebook
  • Write Effective Notes about an Incident
  • Define Tactical Communication
  • List Personal Safety Strategies
  • …and More

For additional information, please see the BST Course Objectives document hosted on the Justice Institute of British Columbia website.

Course Structure

Segment 1: Introduction to the Course

Segment 2: Introduction to Security – Highlighting the skills and qualities needed by a successful security professional.

Segment 3: Legal Issues – Highlighting the federal and provincial legal framework under which security professionals carry out their duties

Segment 4: Documentation – Highlighting the proper note taking and report writing needed to collect and preserve information and evidence for court cases

Segment 5: Personal Safety – Highlighting the steps to personal safety: effective incident assessment, planning, and acting. This is something forgotten even by veteran police officers – with disastrous results.

All of this information is presented through the manuals and PowerPoint™ visuals published by the Justice Institute of BC and illustrated by the personal experiences of veteran security professionals who teach the courses. These are combined with appropriate newspaper features and videos to help illustrate the primary points.

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Jumpstart your career as a security professional.

London Security Training Institute

4371 Fraser Street

Vancouver, BC V5V 4G4

Surrey Location:

13442 108 AVE,

Surrey, BC, V3T 2K1


Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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