Security Officer

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 16-week applied certificate program offered at various on-campus and 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
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.
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.


Admission requirements


  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check for access to law enforcement agencies for tours and prior to entering the work experience component of the program. At the discretion of the community agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility. Program applicants should be aware that, for the purpose of the Criminal Record Check, they must request this from the police service in their home community, whether it is from a municipal/city police service or from the RCMP detachment that services their home area.
    • If you have a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted, or a matter that is currently before the courts, you may be unable to complete the program.
  • Students may require a temporary Security Officer license to complete the work experience component of this program. 

Alternative admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative 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 Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

  • 235 Reading
  • 234 Writing


Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

2023-24 academic year

To be determined


Get credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

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 to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

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