September 30, 2022 Alberta Security Hub Staff
No, it is not required to become a security guard in Alberta.
Yes, some employers may be more interested in selecting a candidate with a drivers licence over one who does not. Those without a drivers licence will likely be assigned a fixed post position compared to someone with a drivers licence who would can also get mobile positions patrolling in a vehicle. A guard with a drivers licence will either have to use their own vehicle or a vehicle provided by the employer. Having a mobile security position means you will get to respond to a variety of calls at multiple sites rather than guarding one site.
Having a security guard position with a vehicle means less foot patrols, especially at larger sites such as the perimeter of airports. Having a drivers licence sooner rather than later may also open up more opportunities in your career such as a security supervisor positions. Additionally, you will be better protected from inclement weather using the vehicle as shelter. Construction sites and staging areas may have not have a building for guards to stay in.