Use of Force Training


This online Use of Force and Handcuffing Certification course was developed by a Subject Matter Expert and former Instructor Trainer for the Ontario Police College in use of force training.

Subjects include Criminal and Trespass arrest, detailed use of force authority explanations, judgement and decision making (crisis intervention) and incident articulation. Register Now!

There is also a full explanation of the new Criminal Code sections for protection of people and property.

Who should register

  • Persons looking to get Handcuffing and Use of Force certification.
  • Anyone working or seeking employment in law enforcement will benefit from this training.
  • Individuals who would like to advance their skills and job opportunities.
  • Organizations seeking to train multiple staff at a reduced cost.
  • Anyone working as a Loss Prevention Officer.

Why take this course

  • It was written by a Subject Matter Expert in Use of Force training and former Instructor trainer for the Ontario Police College.
  • There is no requirement for an in class, hands on training module in order to become certified in Use of Force Theory, Passive Handcuffing and Search.
  • As an added bonus you will get the Handcuffing and Search modules and downloadable pdfs to keep.
  • Seek higher paying work and improve your chances of landing jobs by proactively taking this training.
  • Ability to complete this course at your own pace.
  • Instructor expertise and assistance available through email.

*Disclaimer: Manitoba Guard Training is a marketer of this course only.  Certification and training is managed by our licensed and insured partner.

Use of Force Course Curriculum

    •  Lecture 1.1 – Introduction to Use of Force 
    •  Lecture 2.1 – Criminal Code Sections 
    •  Lecture 2.2 – Mall Security Legal Issues 
    •  Lecture 2.3 – Criminal Code Arrest By Security Guards 
    •  Lecture 3.1 – Introduction to Related Academics 
    •  Lecture 4.1 – Use of Force and Incident Articulation 
    •  Lecture 5.1 – Introduction To Passive Handcuffing 
    •  Lecture 6.1 – Active / Non-Compliant Handcuffing 
    •  Lecture 7.1 – Introduction To Passive Search 
    •  Lecture 8.1 – Final Exam 
    •  Lecture 8.2 – Recap Quiz 

Use Of Force Online Course – FAQ

Yes. The resume and credentials of the Subject Matter Expert who wrote and narrates this course has the requisite credentials to issue certification using online only delivery methodologies. The company is also a verified Vendor of Record for training Provincial Officers in Ontario.

Theory is all academic. It is taught online in the same way as your basic Guard Course likely was, and/or in the same way as most Colleges and Universities today.

Regards to the physical skills of applying handcuffs and searching people; the number of kinesthetic  (hands on only) learners is actually very small. Many are labelled as ADD or ADHD in fact. While it is true that some people prefer to learn using "hands on with real time feedback," the fact is that most people also learn by reading, watching, mirroring, interacting with others and self practice. The bulk of people have blended learning styles which can be accomplished now, online.

If you have a pair of handcuffs, just play the videos, follow the step by step pictures in the pdf manual and/or email your instructor to set up a video chat for some real time feedback.

Feedback can be obtained online using video chats if required. There is also an option for an "in house" instructor certification in this program.

Subjective evaluations by certified instructors only carry so much weight. Old training methodologies dictated that a person had to demonstrate, competence and confidence in order to meet a set standard to pass. The resulting problem was that the student may meet this standard the day the leave the classroom and never practice afterwards causing this skill set to deteriorate rapidly.

Unless the learner practices and/or refreshes the skill set with someone more qualified, they likely would continue to do it wrong and there is no way of knowing until there is a problem later.  Once the learner leaves the classroom and the instructor who "certifies them," there is no way to know if they will continue to practice or even retain what they learned.

Instructor's cannot be held liable for a learner not practicing a perishable skill set or how they apply that skill set once they leave the instructor's presence. The onus then shifts to the person and their supervisors to prove how the skills were maintained after initial certification. (If you don't use will loose it.)

In Manitoba, and most other Provinces and Territories, no. Only B.C. has a mandatory handcuffing certification standard. All the others do not. Police and related professions sometimes have standards built into their legislation, but it does not apply to civilian security guards.

All the related legal academics, articulation of incidents, judgment and decision making is taught as a baseline. No course is complete without the legal reasons when, where and why force can or should be used by persons who are not police officers.  

Basic disengagement skills are demonstrated step by step as a prelude to control techniques, but NO hard empty hand skills are taught in this course. Our company has not taught pressure point techniques or hard empty hand skills for 25 years. The reason being is that we believe that giving people pain is NOT a valid paradigm for controlling violent behaviour and it offers NO control whatsoever.

In some cases, using pain compliance techniques is completely ineffective and only serves to escalate the problem at hand. This aside, given the social media video that is likely to appear, your punching, kicking etc will not help convince people of your position especially given that you are not the police.

Handcuffing and Search are two topics that are covered in depth. Step by step instruction is done using pictures, video of a live class being taught and support materials provided. For further information go to our Youtube channel for a quick demonstration.

*Disclaimer: Manitoba Guard Training is a marketer of this course only.  Certification and training are managed by our licensed and insured partner.