In Alberta, businesses that offer security, investigation, locksmith and automotive lock bypass services, or training for these jobs, must be licensed.
Licences are issued under the Security Services and Investigators Act by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.
Businesses are responsible for ensuring they comply with Security Programs policies by:
- creating internal policies
- ensuring uniform and vehicle appearances
- keeping records
- new hires
The Security Programs Policy Manual details all business policies and requirements.
For questions about business policies and requirements, contact Security Programs.
Check a business licence
Use the Business Query and Licence Status search to:
- generate a list of licensed businesses
- check if an individual is licensed
Licences are available for 1, 2 or 3 years.
The renewal process is the same as the initial application process.
Businesses can apply for multiple licence types.
Businesses applying for more than one licence type only need to pay the higher licence fee.
3-year licence fees
|Licence type||3-year licence fee|
|Automotive lock bypass||$1,200|
|Locksmith equipment sales and promotion||$1,200|
|Businesses with in-house services||$1,200|
Businesses with in-house services can’t offer security, locksmith or investigation services to the public.
All businesses must:
- be a registered Canadian business
- have an address in Alberta
- be licensed or permitted by their city or municipality (if applicable)
- have at least $1 million in liability insurance
Businesses that offer services to the public must also provide criminal record checks for their:
- board of directors
Businesses with multiple locations only need one licence, but copies of that licence need to be displayed in every location.
To train employees, businesses can:
- licence training courses from Security Programs, or
- have their training courses certified – this is often called "accreditation"
- include Security Program’s mandatory content
- require students to pass the provincial exam
- can include additional or customized content
For Security Programs to review and then certify a course, you must supply course:
After your course is certified, it’ll be added to this list:
Instructors and exam administrators
All training instructors and exam administrators must be approved by Security Programs.
Contact the training coordinator
For questions about training, contact:
Forms and guidelines
PDF form issues
Fillable PDF forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save the form:
- Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
- Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.
Applications and renewals
Business Licence Application and Renewal (PDF, 656 KB)
Complaints and reporting
Incident Report (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Public Complaints Against Licensed Employees (PDF, 665 KB)
Update to Business Licence (PDF, 168 KB)
Employee Update Spreadsheet (Excel, 17 KB)
Policies and guidelines
Instructors and exam administrators
Application for Trainer Accreditation (PDF, 116 KB)
Request to Certify as a Proctor (PDF, 158 KB)
Training courses and exams
Request to Licence Alberta Investigator Training Course (PDF, 121 KB)
Request to Schedule Examination (PDF, 176 KB)
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Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2M1
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