Use of Force and Passive Handcuffing Certification Course 2024

This is an online, Handcuffing and Use of Force CERTIFICATION course. It was written by a Subject Matter Expert and former Instructor Trainer for the Ontario Police College. Subjects include Criminal and Trespass arrest, use of force authorities explained in detail,  judgement and decision making (crisis intervention) and incident articulation.

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

Who should register

  • Persons looking to get Basic Passive Handcuffing and Use of Force certification
  • Anyone working or seeking employment in any kind of 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 reduced costs
  • This is not a Security Licensing course

This course is offered Free when combined with In-Person Training (please contact us for more details)

The use of ChatGPT or Artificial Intelligence to answer questions or essays in this course is strictly prohibited and is considered cheating. This will result in an automatic failure on the assignments and it will be reported to your employer.

AI and ChatGPT are also forms of plagiarism and copyright infringement when used to pass qualifying courses and exams.

NOTE: Materials are copyright to M.D. Burgess And Associates Inc. We are an ISO 9001 registered company for training security guard to Canadian General Standards Board standards. Manuals and materials are also registered in the National Archive of Ottawa under ISBO numbers.

Why take this course

  • It was written by a Superior Court Recognized Subject Matter Expert in this field 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 pdf's 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
  • This course is 6 weeks in length with a one time extension of 3 weeks available at no charge. If timeis required beyond this, there is a fee of $75.00 plus HST.

NOTE: Materials are Copyright to M.D. Burgess And Associates Inc. Manuals and printable documents are registered ISBO documents in the Library of Canada and are re-printed with a paid tuition to the course. Burgess And Associates is an ISO 9001 complaint C.G.S.B. training company for security guards.

Q. Is this a certification course in Use of Force Theory and Passive Handcuffing and Search?

A. 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.

Q. How can Use of Force Theory and Passive Handcuffing be taught purely online?

A. 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.

Q. What about real time instructor feedback and subjective evaluations?

A. Feedback can be obtained online using email. 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.)

Q. Isn't there a Provincial standard for use of force and handcuffing for security guards?

A. In Ontario, 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.

Q. Given that there are two different types of handcuffing methods, active and passive, plus a large number of other defensive tactics skills, what specifically is taught in this course and why?

A. 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.

NOTE: Materials are Copyright to M.D. Burgess And Associates Inc. Manuals and printable documents are registered ISBO documents in the Library of Canada and are re-printed with a paid tuition to the course. Burgess And Associates is an ISO 9001 complaint C.G.S.B. training company for security guards.

Technical requirements for taking this course: Persistent internet connection. Latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari. Javascript enabled.


Plus applicable taxes

When you choose to register, you will be directed to the checkout page. Once your payment has been received, you will receive an email with your course login information.

Your Instructor

Burgess and Associates are approved and licensed Vendors of Record (V.O.R.) for the Government of Ontario to train M.L.E.O.s (Municipal Law Enforcement Officers) and P.O.O.s (Provincial Offences Officers) for all Ministries and Provincially funded agencies that use the V.O.R. system to obtain training for their officers.

The course is designed and developed by a Superior Court Recognized “Subject Matter Expert” in the training of Municipal Bylaw and Enforcement Officers, Provincial Offences Officers, Police and Special Constables in Ontario. Copies of transcripts from these court credentials are available upon request.