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Why You Should Have a Career as a Healthcare Security Professional

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Healthcare security professionals act as the first and last line of defence and care for hospitals and medical facilities, as well as the visitors to these facilities.

Their duties include patrolling the facilities and included grounds, monitoring all activity in and out of the facility and preventing vandalism, theft, fire, and disturbances. As a healthcare security professional, you must always be on the lookout for any issues which may compromise safety or the integrity of the facility.

The Canadian Academy of Guard Training by Yardstick Training prepares learners to deal with high-stress situations with industry-leading training and advanced online-training courses. Course graduates will be equipped to deal with a number of emergency scenarios that may arise within a healthcare facility.

Pay for healthcare security professionals can vary greatly depending on the requirements of the individual, or the facility – as well as the location of the work.


What’s Expected of You

Security professionals working in the healthcare industry may face a variety of different tasks and challenges, which will often vary depending on the patients in the facilities care, and a variety of other factors.

Through GuardTraining’s advanced online courses, you will be introduced to typical hospital organization and the role of healthcare security. Throughout the course you will also learn about:

  • Loss Prevention in Hospitals
  • Preventing Infections
  • Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • What Is W.H.M.I.S. ?
  • Hazmat Awareness for Security
  • Special Needs Members of the Public
  • Dealing with the Elderly
  • Mentally Ill and Emotionally Challenged Persons
  • Addictions
  • Drug Diversion in the Healthcare Setting
  • Effective Methods of Dealing with Disturbed, Disruptive or Potentially Aggressive Persons
  • Controlling Aggressive and Angry Individuals
  • Dealing with Intoxicated Individual
  • Aggressive Behavior Management
  • Hospital Emergency Codes
  • Use of the Notebook
  • Report Writing for Healthcare Officers
  • Basic Rules Concerning Criminal Evidence
  • Technology Used to Control Access/Egress
  • Post Orders and Standing Orders
  • After Hours and Emergency Situation Access
  • Emergency Department Security
  • Introduction to Patrols and Types of Patrols
  • What to Watch for on Patrols
  • Parking Lot Security
  • Emergency Planning and Introduction to Fire Prevention/Detection
  • The Chemistry of Fire
  • Access Control and Alarm Systems
  • Evacuations
  • Bomb Threats
  • Conducting a Search of the Premises
  • Statements to the Media
  • Healthcare Security in the Legal System
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Common Law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Powers of Arrest

Healthcare security professionals will leave GuardTraining’s program equipped to deal with challenging and often demanding but rewarding work environments in the healthcare field. You will be expected to have the knowledge and know-how to deal with challenging and often complex situations - while remaining cool under pressure.

The Healthcare Facilities Training Course will take about 25 hours of dedicated online study to complete and enables learners to feel confident entering their field.


Who Can be A Healthcare Security Professional?

Security professionals in the healthcare industry come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels.

Ranging from individuals with previous law-enforcement experience, new college graduates or those looking to make a start in the security industry – healthcare security professionals come from a number of varying walks of life.

To enable you to fully comprehend this course, it is a prerequisite that you have completed the "Professional Security Guard Level 1" course supplied by GuardTraining, or be in possession of certification of training that is equal or greater in scope, from a recognized educational facility in Canada.

The prerequisites for becoming a security guard vary by province:


  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Be able to speak and write in English
  • Have no criminal record, outstanding criminal charges; not be the subject of a criminal investigation
  • Not be a current member of the police service, a sheriff, bailiff, a collection agency or debt collector
  • Complete the training and exam requirements


  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Complete the training and exam requirements


  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Complete the training and exam requirements


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be legally able to work in Canada
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Complete the training and exam requirements
  • Have a current Emergency First Aid/CPR certificate (contact us for help with this)

Nova Scotia

  • Be at least 19 years of age;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not be an active regular member of a police service with peace officer status
  • Have no disqualifying criminal history.

Prince Edward Island

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not be an active regular member of a police service with peace officer status
  • Have no disqualifying criminal history.

New Brunswick

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Complete the training and exam requirements

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • At least 19 years of age
  • A Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Successful completion of training requirements
  • Submit along with the application a criminal record screening certificate or a letter of conduct. If the applicant has a criminal conviction the application must be accompanied by a previous convictions/findings of guilt report.
  • An applicant for a security guard agent licence shall provide proof of successful completion of an approved training course. An applicant who has not completed the training course may be granted a licence which is subject to enrolment in an approved training course within four months of licensing and successful completion of the training within twelve months of licensing.

A Day in the Life

Every day as a healthcare security professional will bring with it its own set of challenges and tasks.

You may spend time patrolling the facilities grounds, or reporting your findings and observations while maintaining order and assisting with any concerns raised by staff or patients.

A typical day may also include assisting nurses with patients or liaising with health care administrators about the needs of the facility and its patients or staff.

Healthcare security professionals are essential to any medical facility to remain in running order, while providing the highest-level possible healthcare to patients and also ensuring the safety on all visitors to the facility.

Those looking for a challenging but rewarding career, built on the foundation of helping others and creating a safe environment are encouraged to participate in GuardTraining's world class programming.

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