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Become A Security Guard, Locksmith Or Bodyguard In Vancouver

Basic Security Training (BST) is the streamlined replacement program to the original Basic Standards 1 and Basic Standards 2. BST is the only mandatory licensing course you need to obtain a security worker licence. Following your successful completion of this course, LSTI will help you find employment through our many professional connections.

Completing this 40-hour course is the first step toward a rewarding career, as well as opening the doorway to additional courses that can help you land the security position of your choosing, such as:

  1. Armoured Car Guard
  2. Bodyguard
  3. Closed-Circuit Television Installer
    Doorperson at Licensed Liquor Establishments
    Electronic Locking Device Installer
    In-House Private Investigator
    In-House Security Guard
    K-9 Guard Dog Handler
    Private Investigator
    Security Alarm Sales, Service, Monitoring and Response Personnel
    Security Consultant
    Security Guard


Successful completion of this course allows you to work as security professional within British Columbia. You must be at 19 years of age before you can apply for a Basic Security Training Licence.


As a 40-hour course, BST training focuses on the following content:

Professionalism and Ethics
Legal Studies
Report Writing
Personal Safety


Following the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

Define a “Security Professional”
Understand the Code of Ethics in the Security Profession
Understand the Importance of “Customer Service in the Security Profession”
List Incidents to which a Security Professional might Respond
Understand the Distinctions between Security Professionals and Police
Explain the Guidelines for Protecting the Scene of an Incident
Define the “Law” and State its Function
List Laws that Guide the Legal Framework of Security Professionals
Identify Essential Elements of Common Offences
Describe the Powers and Limitations of Security Professionals Under the Law
Explain the Benefits of a Security Professional’s Notebook
Write Effective Notes about an Incident
Define Tactical Communication
List Personal Safety Strategies
…and More
For additional information, please see the BST Course Objectives document hosted on the Justice Institute of British Columbia website.


At some point (or several times) in your career as a security officer, you may be called upon to do things you never imagined. With the right security training, you can help prevent a crime — or even save a life. LSTI can help you become an exemplary guardian of public safety, a position few may ever understand or appreciate, but one for which you may rightfully be called a “hero” one day.

Although many miles from our security training centres in Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia, the spirit of LSTI began with the pioneering policing concepts of Sir Robert Peel in London, England. It was Sir Peel that passed the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829. This Act created a modern police force that lived by Peel’s nine principles for policing, including use of force as a last resort, how to gain and maintain the public trust, as well as how to be a model citizen. These principles are still in use today in police and security forces throughout the world. At LSTI in Vancouver and Surrey, we have been following in the footsteps of Sir Robert Peel for over 15 years.


Segment 1: Introduction to the Course

Segment 2: Introduction to Security – Highlighting the skills and qualities needed by a successful security professional.

Segment 3: Legal Issues – Highlighting the federal and provincial legal framework under which security professionals carry out their duties

Segment 4: Documentation – Highlighting the proper note taking and report writing needed to collect and preserve information and evidence for court cases

Segment 5: Personal Safety – Highlighting the steps to personal safety: effective incident assessment, planning, and acting. This is something forgotten even by veteran police officers – with disastrous results.

All of this information is presented through the manuals and PowerPoint™ visuals published by the Justice Institute of BC and illustrated by the personal experiences of veteran security professionals who teach the courses. These are combined with appropriate newspaper features and videos to help illustrate the primary points.

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