How To Become A Bouncer In OntarioIf you want to work as a bouncer, doorman, or security staff at any nightclub, bar, or pub in Ontario, you are required by law to have your security licence.
This has been the case since April of 2010, when new regulations came into effect covering all security jobs like bouncers, guards, loss prevention, and private investigators.
Wages for nightlife security positions in Ontario went up almost immediately due to a shortage of licenced employees, and this trend continues. Check help wanted ads and you will find jobs for bouncers paying up to $20/hour.
Police Laying Charges Against Bouncers & Nightclubs For Violations18 charges laid in Sudbury crackdown
26 charges for violations in North Bay
114 charges after two day sweep in Ottawa
48 charges for bouncers and bars in Kitchener and Waterloo
56 charges across Owen Sound, Orangeville, Stratford, Woodstock, Brantford, Hamilton
91 charges laid in Ottawa and Wasaga Beach
How To Get Your Ontario Security LicenceTo get your licence you need to complete a 40-hour security training course, then you are allowed to write the Ministry test (60 multiple-choice questions). Pass the test (62%) and you get your licence. You'll also need your First Aid certificate if you don't already have it. Then you can work for any employer anywhere in Ontario doing any kind of security work.
It's a bit strange that bouncers and nightclub security staff must take the same training as regular security guards in Ontario, considering the jobs are so different. What do bouncers need to know about alarms going off or doing patrols at construction sites?
But there's nothing we can do about that, and to be honest the training course is pretty straightforward and does contain many things that apply to bouncers.
Sign up today and get yourself a fun good-paying job!