Important Notice:

We are no longer accepting new applications into this certificate program. If you have questions please contact a program information specialist.

If you have been admitted to the Security Management Certificate, you have until June 30, 2021 to complete courses in the program.

In today's complex business environment, security and safety has never been more important. Learn how to manage complex security issues while protecting an organization's people, property and information. A solid base of current practices and knowledge relevant to the security management field will ensure you are ready to respond to emergencies and threats while minimizing risks. Be ready for the challenges ahead.

This certificate will be of value to:

  • Individuals looking to move into the security field
  • Employees who wish to move into a management role within their company
  • Individuals whose duties in their current role have been changed and now incorporate security functions

This certificate is offered in co-operation with the Calgary/Southern Alberta Chapter 162 as well as the Edmonton/Northern Alberta Chapter 156 of ASIS International.

Wondering how to get started?

Take a look at these frequently asked questions.

This certificate is offered completely online. Some courses are also available in a classroom format.

Whatever the delivery format of your course, you should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.

Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.

In most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams contribute to your final letter-grade mark.

It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. Some online courses may require you to meet online with your class at specific times. Some courses are offered in a blended format that combines classroom and online components.

All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. The Security Management Certificate is a 300-hour program. Students are required to take 80 hours of core courses and 220 hours from the list of Optional Security Management courses.

In general, most students complete the program in two to three years. Given that most students have other significant time commitments, we recommend taking no more than two courses at one time. Students who are keen to fast-track their program are encouraged to contact a student advisor to discuss their specific situation and options that may be available to them.

You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

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Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing, click here.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Pre-Approved Seminar Credit (Maximum 30 hours)

Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from most UCalgary Continuing Education Business Seminars and some part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taken in the last five years. Credit equals approximately 2/3 instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. a 15-hour course or seminar will give you 10 hours credit.

Please note that you must apply for advanced standing for seminars and ESL courses that you have completed with UCalgary Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.

Please Note:

The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.


The Security Management Certificate is offered in co-operation with the Calgary/Southern Alberta Chapter 162 as well as the Edmonton/Northern Alberta Chapter 156 of ASIS International.

Course curriculum is aligned with the competencies required by the industry leader, ASIS, for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) industry designation. Participants completing Security Management Certificate courses may be eligible to receive Continuing Professional Education credit or CPEs toward ASIS re-certification. Individuals seeking re-certification credit should check with ASIS and review the filing process. Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual to make sure that the course attended is eligible for credits and to submit documentation for re-certification.

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It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.

View our Graduation page for details.


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