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Security Guard Training Centre

How do I Register for Lowell Security Inc - Security Guard Training?
You can register Online or by Mail.
Online:
   To register go to www.LowellSecurity.com
We use the PayPal payment processor which will safely and securly process Visa, MasterCard and American Express (you do NOT need a PayPal account). Using Paypal means that we never have access to your Credit Card information. If you have a PayPal account you can use your bank account.
For more information on PayPal please click here.

By Mail:
   Print and complete the following form: Ministry Approved Security Guard Training
   Return form with cheque, money order, bank draft, or cashier's cheque by mail to:
      Lowell Security Inc.
      161 Ferris Dr. P.O.Box 956
      North Bay, ON
      P1B 8K3
Please allow 5-7 business days for cheques to clear.
 
Can any computer be used for the course?
 
Yes, most current computers (built after November 2000) have the necessary memory and systems to use our online services.
The PC system requirements are:
   -Pentium 4 1Ghz with 256MB of RAM
   -20MB Hard disk space 
   -Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista or WIN 7
 
The  MAC system requirements are:
   -PowerPC G4 or Intel processor
    -512 MB of RAM
    -150 MB of free disk space
You must also have:
    -Internet connection (Cable, DSL etc..)
    -Webcam and Headset for the Ministry Approved Sercurity Guard Training Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What happens if I fail the exam?

If you fail one of our tests for the Lowell Security Inc. -  Security Guard Training, then you will need to re-write the test that you failed (you must get 80% to pass). The tests are set up so that you will learn as you go.  You need to continue studying until you are able achieve 80% or more consistantly.

If you fail the Ontario Security Guard Test (Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services), then you will need to pay the $60+HST fee again and re-write it. You will not be able to apply for or re-new your Security Guard License without passing the Ministry Test.
 
Lowell Security Inc. will continue to work with you until you pass the Ontario Security Guard Test. We currently have a 95% pass rate on the first time our student's write the test, so it's not too likely that you won't pass. But just in case. We're there. No extra cost.

Why did Lowell Security Inc. make it's private Security Guard Training services available to everyone?

Lowell Security Inc. has been providing trained security guards for over 22 years. The company has developed inhouse training to ensure that our clients were receiving the best protection available. Because of the distance in Northern Ontario, online training was the most effecient method of training our own employees in remote locations.

Lowell Security Inc. is also part of the G.U.A.R.D.S. Ontario association that assists clients in finding reputable security companies and trained guards in remote areas of Northern Ontario. Again, access to online training for the member companies was required, and Lowell Security Inc. met the need.

When the Ministry of Safety and Community Service brought in mandatory security guard testing, Lowell Security Inc. agreed to become a registered training provider and opened up their training service to the public.

Our services have always included online classrooms, easy to use tools, student focused systems and access to knowledgable professionals.

What do I receive from G.U.A.R.D.S. Ontario and Lowell Security Inc. when I complete my training?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion ready for framing that includes your Training Number.



How long is the Program

As The Ministry requires that ALL programs are 40hours in length. This includes 6.5 hours of First Aid training. costs. Click Here to be view the page.
How do I become a Security Guard?
I donít have an Ontario Security Guard Licence, what do I need to do?
I had an Ontario Security Guard Licence, but I didn't renew it, do I have to take the training?
I have have police foundations/corrections from college, do I have to take the training?
How do I Register?
How long is the Program?
What's the Cost of the Program?
Will my certifications be recognized by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services?
How difficult is the ministry test?
What happens if I fail the exam?
Why did Lowell Security Inc. make it's private Security Guard Training services available to everyone?
What do I receive from Lowell Security Inc. when I complete my training?
Is online training hard?
Is your online training effective?
Do I get help finding a job when I complete my program?
Can any computer be used for the course?
Why do I need a headset and web cam?
How do I become a Security Guard?

Everyone working in the security industry requires a license. You must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have no criminal background. To receive a Security Guard License you must:
1.  Pass Security Guard Training from a trainer recognized by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
2.  Pass the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Security Guard Test. ($60+HST)
3.  Submit a Security Guard Application to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. ($80 anually)
I donít have an Ontario Security Guard Licence, what do I need to do?

1. Complete a recognized 40 hour Security Guard Basic Training Course including certification in Emergency Level First Aid (32 hours security guard training + 8 hours first aid training).
2. Pass the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services test
3. Complete and submit the New Licence Application for a Security Guard provided on the Ontario Ministry of Safety & Community Correctional Services website.
 
I had an Ontario Security Guard Licence, but I didn't renew it.  Do I have to take the Training again?

If your license renewal date was before April 2011, then you must take and pass Security Guard Training and the Ontario Security Guard Test.
 
If you have already taken and passed the Ontario Security Guard Test, and received a new Security Guard License after April 2010, then you only need to submit the Security Guard License renewal form to get your license again.
 
Every security guard, doorman, bouncer, in-store security, loss prevention guard, etc, in Ontario must pass the Ontario Sercurity Guard Test ONCE before they can apply for or renew their Security Guard license.

I have police foundations / corrections from college, do I have to take the Security Guard Training?
Yes, currently police foundation and corrections worker programs from community colleges in Ontario do not include Mininstry of Community Safety and Correctional Services approved Security Guard training. Please check with your college to determine if this training was added. If it was, then the administration should be able to provide you with your Security Guard Training Completion Number. Use this number to register for the Ontario Security Guard Test at www.OntarioSecurityTesting.com  



How difficult is the ministry test?

The Ontario Provincial Security Guard Test will ensure that you know the basics of the Security Industry by testing your knowledge of the ministry mandated curriculum.

The curriculum covers Report Writing, Health and Safety, Emergency Response Preparation, Canadian Legal System, Use of Force Theory, Effective Communications and Sensitivity Training among other things.

Most security guards are not trained in all areas of sercurity. Being a guard in a mall requires different skills and knowledge of the law than being a guard on patrol or directing traffic. Most of us will need to learn some new things to pass the Test.

New or currently unlicensed security guards will need training that meets the Ministry regulations and is from an Ministry Approved Training Provider. You can find a list of training providers at http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/PISG/TrainingandTesting/TrainingEntities/training_entities_list.html
In March 2010, before the testing began Brian Roberson who writes for the Canadian Security Magazine, ďAs many as 10,000 to 12,000 of the first 80,000 people who write the tests will fail them.Ē

More reciently, perdictions are "10K out of 30K failure rate" from Blue Line Magazine, Online Forum for Law Enforcement. http://forums.blueline.ca/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=21772&start=15 That means Blue Line Members think that 1 in 3 people will fail the test the first time.

Since the passing grade for the test is around 62% or 37/60, and the failure rate is still high, it is a good idea for experienced and licensed guards to prepare for it instead of just trying to wing it.

For those who are new to the industry, you need to register for a reputable and effective Ministry recognized, Security Guard Training Course that meets the Ministry requirements.
Will my certifications be recognized by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services?

Our Security Guard training meets the requirements as set by The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Ministry Approved Security Guard Training program includes First Aid and CPR training. Upon successful completion of the exam, each student will receive certification by Canadian Red Cross, in Emergency First Aid and CPR level A. Canadian Red Cross certification is recognized around the world.

As industry specialists, we regularly review our curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of our employees working as Security Guards and our clients in the community.

Is online training hard?

No, online training is NOT hard. Our systems are easy to access, easy to understand, and easy to use. Our systems are designed for the first time user. We knew when we designed the training that many of Lowell Security Inc.'s employees had never touched a computer before, so it was important to us that they feel comfortable and relaxed doing our online training.

Is your online training effective?

This training was developed to train our own guards. When the mandatory tests for Security Guards began in April 2010, we needed to ensure a high pass rate. Every one of our guards that failed was potentially a lost employee. Our online training was extensively tested and adjusted to maximize our employees ability to pass the Ministry Security Guard Testing.

Is Job Assistance available, when I complete my program?

G.U.A.R.D.S. Ontario and Lowell Security Inc. are not employment agenies, nor can we guarantee work.
G.U.A.R.D.S. Ontario does invite Licensed Security Guards to send in a resume that will be forwarded to the member company covering their region.
Why do I need a headset and a web cam?
 
The web cam is needed for your video classroom. You must participate in the video class to pass the training. The headset is needed to reduce unnecessary feedback, noice and echo from the video classroom.
Software Requirements:
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Mozilla Firefox browser to ensure that you have the best view of our program.   CLICK HERE for free download