Security Officer

Applied Certificate
Security Officer

Program Overview

Note: The winter 2021 Prince Albert intake of this program is suspended.

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 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

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Security OfficerSecurity Guards and Related Security Service Occupations (6541)$27,100 - $55,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Delivery is subject to student enrollment. For more information, contact Kevin Krawec at 306-765-1737 or

Length: 12 weeks


  • Prince Albert


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.

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.


2021/22 Academic Year


CORR 100
Managing Clients in Public Safety Settings
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You will develop specific skills for interacting with diverse groups of individuals in various public safety situations and settings. Content will include strategies for dealing with clients in high stress situations and strategies to defuse hostile situations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): CORR 100CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
EMPS 107
Workplace Wellness
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You will examine the roles and concepts of professional behavior in the security industry. You will also examine the components of a healthy lifestyle necessary for wellness in the workplace.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
JOBR 100
Job Preparation
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You will develop employability skills that allow you to work in the security field.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
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
SECG 100
Crime Prevention and Technology
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You will examine the processes and technologies involved in crime prevention. You will demonstrate skills necessary to maintain a safe work environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SECG 101
Legislation and Procedures for Security Officers
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You will examine provincial and federal legislation, policy and procedures in the security field. Your studies will also include the successful completion of the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act (PISGA) exam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SFTY 157
Defensive Tactics
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You will apply tactical intervention techniques for the assessment and management of difficult situations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
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: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

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 links below to get more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

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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