Becoming a Security Guard and avoiding scams
Here's my situation. I graduated college and I am trying to get my career started. I haven't heard much from the employers. I decided that its okay to get a minimum wage job, and/or part time job while I wait for employment that has to do more with what I went to college for.
I have heard of colleagues of mine in the past working security jobs while in school (unfortunately I'm not in contact with those same people any more). I responded to a classified add and I filled out the application. It seemed like they were filtering out only the dimmest of bulbs. E.G. you had to know how to spell, write, do arithmetic, and not have a criminal record etc.
The interviewer was only curious why I was interested in changing careers. I told him I wasn't but I needed a job in the meantime and he was fine with that. Next he told me that you need to be licensed to work as a security professional in Canada. He said when I complete their 2 day course I could then apply to the government for a license which would take 7-10 business days, and then I could be sent out to the many various employers they have. That's $80 to the government to issue the license, and I think around $400 for the course taught by their lawyer who also will be guarantor for my application to the government.
At this point my antenna was going up I said I'm skeptical of having to pay money up front. He pitched it to me like he was a head hunter and I was an ideal candidate except for the license, and that employers don't want to pay for that themselves. I asked for time to check it out. He said that's fine but spots for Monday's classes were filling up. He said I could check them out by entering in the Google search their name and the word scam. He showed me a computer screen full of the employers they work with and the number of security needed for each position.
When I got home I checked online and I feel mixed. On one hand alarm bells are going because the people who were scammed by other security companies reported a similar experience. On the other hand I also found out online that you do have to take a course before you can be licensed as a security guard in Canada (Ontario in my case).
So my questions to any who may be able to help...
1. Did I get something wrong here about how to become a security guard in Ontario?
2. Your thoughts on working security as a job even if its not the career path you plan on pursuing?
3. If I want to get a job in security how to I protect myself from scams? Can I get an employer to pay for my training?*
*I did check this company with the better business bureau, and I did a google search. Neither indicated major complaints about this company except one complaint with the BBB (Claim of alleged company failure to honor company policy or verbal commitment to provide refunds, exchanges, or credit for products of services). I figure this is probably someone who paid for the training and wanted to back out of it or get a refund after failure. The claim is closed because the BBB has determined that the dispute cannot be settled using standard methods of voluntary dispute resolution.
the company is called "Ontario Security Training" and they have a website: https://www.ontariosecuritytraining.com/home/