Security Officer

Applied Certificate
Security Officer

Program Overview

Security officers are in high demand—at mine sites, industrial facilities, entertainment venues and community events. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s applied certificate program opens the door to careers with a wide variety of employers.

You’ll need good people skills, a sense of integrity and professionalism. You’ll also need to be living a healthy lifestyle and be comfortable working with culturally diverse groups.

Security Officer is a 12-week applied certificate program offered at various off-campus locations. The program prepares you to work in various security settings. You’ll get practical knowledge and skill development in:

  • control tactics and crime prevention techniques
  • interpersonal communication and conflict resolution
  • legislation for security officers
  • mental health first aid
  • personal wellness and professionalism
  • reporting procedures
  • security procedures and protocols

Boots-on-the-Ground Experience

Being a security officer means being out in the world. Your program gives you practical, boots-on-the-ground experience in a community setting. You’ll practice communication and problem-solving skills, and perform the type of routine tasks assigned to security officers.

Preparing You for Licensing

In Saskatchewan (and most other provinces), security officers must be licensed by the provincial Ministry of Justice. Our program prepares you to write the exam and earn your security guard certificate.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates are working as security officers across the province—at remote or rural mine and mill sites, at industrial plants, at health care facilities, in the gaming industry and more.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):



Delivery is subject to needs assessment. For more information, contact Kate Roberts at or 306-775-7483.

Length: 12 weeks


  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.


Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


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Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.




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BCOM 152
Communication and Technology
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You will learn to use required technology as part of your role as a security officer.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
IPSK 140
Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Resolution
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You will focus on developing effective communication skills to perform your role as a security officer. This will include effective listening and responding skills, evaluating non verbal and verbal communication, and conflict resolution strategies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
LAW 164
Reporting Procedures for Security Officers
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You will develop observational skills to collect the information necessary for a variety of law enforcement reports. Based on these acquired skills, you will write reports. You will also link information in these reports to the delivery of testimony in court.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PERS 142
Personal Wellness
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You will examine various aspects of personal wellness with emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECE 142, HLTH 184, NEPS 116, PE 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PROF 140
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You will learn the concepts of professional behavior as they apply to the field of security.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SECG 140
Security Procedures and Protocols
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You will learn the basic procedures and protocols necessary to be an effective security officer.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SECG 141
Legislation for Security Officers
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You will review provincial and federal legislation and policy that impact the administration of your duties as a security officer.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SECG 142
Crime Prevention Techniques
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You will learn about the processes involved in crime prevention and demonstrate skills to maintain an incident free work environment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SFTY 157
Control Tactics
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You will apply techniques for dealing with hostility and aggressive behaviour in a difficult work environment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): LEGL 145 or (SECG 140, SECG 141)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 155
Work Experience
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You will participate in a work experience in a community setting where you will demonstrate effective communication and problem solving skills, and perform assigned security officer functions.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

This program provides entry-level training for candidates who do not have prior security training and experience. Program courses are therefore typically not available for challenge by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR). Contact the program head through the Contact Centre (1-866-467-4278) if you believe you have a good reason to request an exception.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

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Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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