SCAM WATCH:

Common training scams in the security industry, what to look for, and consumer protection to protect yourselves:

Interforce International Security & Private Investigations would like to remind everyone who wishes to pursue a career as a security guard and private investigator to pre-screen training institutions before making a decision to register, especially in regards to Craigslist ads and Google advertisements (Google Ad Words) where security guard training advertisements are known to be misleading and / or deceptive. Interforce International Security Training Centre has always had transparent and easy to understand course outlines and fees since our inception to provide security guard training courses in the Province of Ontario.

 

“False advertising is rampant in the security guard training industry. Promises that are too good to be true are often advertised in order to falsely persuade the general public. Interforce International wishes everyone to exercise caution and conduct thorough research when selecting a training centre for their licensing needs”

 

Some of the most effective ways to protect yourself from security guard training scams are:

  • Ensure that the training institution is listed on the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services web site. Only registered institutions will have their company listed there.
  • Visit and register with a training centre in person. Training centres found solely on-line can be fraudulent and unauthorized to provide security guard training. If you are a victim of a scam from an on-line training provider that is not licensed to provide security guard training, there would be no recourse to receive a refund because they do not physically exist. Protect yourself and visit the location to ensure that the training facility actually has a physical presence. By doing this, you can physically verify their security agency license and liability insurance certifications, which are mandatory to be displayed in a common area where they operate out of according to the Private Security & Investigative Services Branch. Interforce International Training Centre welcomes everyone to register in person at our head office located at:

    Interforce International Security Training Centre

    2428 Islington Avenue, Unit 17A (lower level)

    Toronto, ON M9W 3X8

    Walk-in training registration hours are from 9:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

  • Ensure that you are getting the total tuition cost required to complete the security guard training course: On-line security guard training institutions are often found to advertise only the security guard training course without the mandatory first aid & CPR certification, which is required to complete your training. Students who register with a security guard training institution without transparent pricing often find themselves paying more than they have expected.

    The following fees are compulsory when training and applying for your security guard license in Ontario:

    – Basic security guard course: Mandatory to receive your security guard license. Fees vary by the training facility.

    – First aid & CPR certification: Mandatory to receive your security license. Fees vary by the training facility.

    (often not advertised with price)

    – Booking fee to write the Ministry examination: $66.50 plus HST, payable to Serco Canada.

    – Licensing fee to apply for security guard license once you pass your examination: $80.00.

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