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202, 4015 17 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2A 0S8

ABST (Security Training) Course

The Security Services and Investigators Act (S-4.7, 2008) requires that any person who works as a professional in order to “protect an organization’s property, personnel and information against fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry,” must have a licence. To obtain this licence to practice as a security professional, an individual must complete a mandatory training program and write a provincial licencing exam.


The Hamptons College Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) course in Calgary is designed to prepare candidates for the provincial licencing exam. Our excellent instructors have rich experiences in the security industry and have over 20 years’ experience teaching in the industry. The Hamptons College ABST course is designed to provide participants with the hands-on training and knowledge they need to excel as security professionals and in their roles and responsibilities as a security professional.

Prospective Careers

At the completion of this training and after obtaining the provincial licence, candidates could be employed in the industry as:


  • Loss prevention officers in major corporations and institutions

  • Bodyguards or executive security personnel

  • In-house security

  • Dog patrol services

  • Alarm responders

Hamptons College in-class ABST Course

The in-class ABST course at Hamptons College is run every two weeks. The course consists of seven modules, delivered over a period of 38.5 hours, days or evenings.


Each participant will be provided with the ABST course manual, which complements other course materials, interactive class discussions and video/internet based exercises. The seven modules that make up the ABST course include:


  • Module one: Introduction to the security industry security badge

  • Module two: The Canadian legal system and security professionals

  • Module three: Basic security procedures

  • Module four: Communication for security professionals

  • Module five: Documentation and evidence

  • Module six: Emergency response procedures for security professionals

  • Module seven: Health and safety for security professionals

Program Costs

Cost for in-class ABST course at Hamptons College is $260 per participant. Included in this cost are course materials and proctoring of the provincial licencing exams at Hamptons College at the completion of the course.

Admission Requirements


  • At least 18 years of age

  • Fluent in English language (at least level 5 Canadian Language Benchmark)

  • No serious criminal convictions that have not been pardoned

Note: The ABST is also accepted in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Mandatory Provincial Exam

Upon completion of the Hamptons College ABST course, the candidate will become eligible to write the mandatory proctored solicitor general’s provincial exam. Pass mark for this exam and for licensure is 80%.

Tuition Refunds

Once enrolled in Hamptons College ABST course and other continuing education programs and received the course materials, no refunds are issued. Candidates may be allowed to reschedule their course to a future date, based on the availability of spaces. Please contact the Hamptons College ABST course coordinator at 403-452-3694 or email for details on application, admission, registration procedures, provincial exams, cost, and delivery dates.

Graduation and Licencing

In order to graduate and be allowed to sit for the licencing exams, candidates must successfully complete the 38.5 hour in-class basic security training course.

Licencing Application Steps on Successfully Completing the Course and Passing the Provincial Exams

 Have a member of the police service, peace officer, or commissioner of oaths, employed by the police service, sign the back of your passport photo


 Apply and obtain an employment police information check (PIC), must include CPIC, vulnerable sector, and local database


 Complete all sections of the application form — PRINT AND CAPITALS ONLY


 Sign both part 5 and 6 of the form


 Must include photocopies of both sides of two government-issued identifications


 Provide photocopies of proof of training


Submit your domestic or international application with all additional documents to:


Security Programs

P.O. Box 1023, Station Main

Edmonton, AB T5J 2M1

Or by courier

Security Programs

Alberta Solicitor General and Public Safety

9th Floor, 10365, 97th Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7

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Our morning classes are flexible and vary depending on the program.

Morning Classes: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Evening Classes: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM or 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes: Friday (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM), Saturday (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM), Sunday (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM)


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