The Human Services program was established in 1975 to meet the need for trained workers in the field of disabilities. Since its beginning, graduates have been in demand and have contributed to the enhancement of services provincially and nationally.
Graduates of the program will have a broad knowledge base and skills in Human Services in general and in the field of intellectual disability in particular.
Human Services students participate in two on-the-job placements (one 7 week placement in first year and one 9 week placement in second year). There are three courses (Current Social Issues, Normal Growth & Development I and Developing & Implementing Group Teaching Plans) which include on-Island lab placements. Sites for 7 and 9 week on-the-job training placements may be located off-Island resulting in additional travel and / or accomodation costs. Students are expected to budget for additional costs related to labs and on-the-job training placements.
Human Services Coursesprint full list with descriptions
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In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.
Course Code: COMP-1000
Pharmacology and Personal Support Work
In this course, students will develop the capacity to provide personal/physical care for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities within the context of a relationship that respects their independence, dignity, and privacy. Students will learn the principles and techniques of basic infection control, body system functions, health and nutritional practices, and medical conditions commonly used by people with an intellectual disability. Students will also explore commonly used medications in the human services field with a particular emphasis on psychiatric drugs. An understanding of how to administer, monitor side effects of a variety of medications and intervene when necessary will also be learned. Students will participate in various occupational health and safety training which may include WHMIS, Food Handling and Transfer, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR).
Course Code: HUMSER-1002
Valued Roles, Inclusion, and the Principle of Normalization
This course will allow students to explore measures and practices that provide people with disabilities a wide variety of opportunities for inclusion, valued roles in society, and lives lived with dignity. With focus placed on the client's perspective, students will have the opportunity to take part in an actual evaluation of a service providing agency. This course provides the opportunity to apply the principle of normalization in relation to a variety of criteria found in the Program Analysis of Service Systems (PASS) tool.
Course Code: HUMSER-1005
Learn about intellectual disabilities and related issues, such as the public's perception of them. Students will explore both historical and current definitions of mental retardation and classification systems. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of the learning characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and develop an appreciation for the historical evolution of the field.
Course Code: HUMSER-1010
This course will provide students with awareness of the many facets of the mental illness field including dual diagnosis. In addressing differences between mental health and mental illness, students will explore common psychiatric terms and the current DSM classification system. Additionally, students will be exposed to the causes, symptoms, and treatments of a number of mental illnesses, how to identify and respond to self destructive behavior, and various areas of rehabilitation. Finally, students will discuss issues such as the historical evolution of mental illness, its impact on families, the roles of various professionals as well as the voluntary movement.
Course Code: HUMSER-1015
Normal Growth and Development Theory I
This course will provide students with an awareness of the principles and the stages of growth and development from conception to the end of the preschool years. Students will gain the knowledge of normal growth and development and have a better understanding of needs and behaviours which are expected to occur at each stage of development. This will assist the students in identifying signs and symptoms which may indicate potential problems in development. Additionally, students will be exposed to causes of intellectual disabilities and preventive measures of intellectual disabilities.
Course Code: HUMSER-1020
Normal Growth and Development Theory II
This course will provide students with an awareness of the principles and the stages of growth and development from the school years to the late adulthood years, including how to support people at the end of their life. Students will gain the knowledge of normal growth and development and have a better understanding of behaviours and needs which are expected to occur at each stage of development.
Course Code: HUMSER-1025
Basic Counseling Skills
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills of helping supported by a conceptual framework. Students will be introduced to a theory of human motivation, a counseling process, human service values, and ethical principles that underlie effective helping models and practices. As beginning counselors, students will develop their capacity to respond empathically and listen effectively in order to build a warm and caring relationship so closer, more personal communications can be achieved. Through in class role plays, effective listening activities, the use of questions, and responding skills, students will explore ways to establish a helping relationship. Students will work at creating a safe and respectful environment so that others feel comfortable and accepted. At the end of this course, students will have begun to develop the skills, attitudes, and self awareness crucial for building a fulfilling relationship with a person who is seeking help.
Course Code: HUMSER-1030
Awareness of the brain and nervous system is foundational to understanding typical versus atypical human development. This course will provide students with an awareness of a variety of physical disabilities and their impact on people's lives. Students will explore physical disabilities that occur in both the developmental years and those that occur in adult years. In addition, students will identify and examine physical disabilities commonly associated with mental retardation
Course Code: HUMSER-1035
Case planning is central to providing quality services and supports to people with disabilities in a cohesive and systematic fashion. This course will provide students with a variety of options and methods for assisting people to plan for their future. Students will gain an understanding of a variety of planning processes used in a various disciplines.
Course Code: HUMSER-1040
In this course students will develop oral communication, meetings, and presentation skills. Students will work on a range of oral communication activities starting with short informal introductions and communicating on the telephone. Students will then move towards planning for and delivering researched course content presentations to their peers. Students will have many opportunities to practice these skills over the course of their first year.
Course Code: HUMSER-1045
Being aware of one's thoughts, feelings, and the impact we have on others is critical to being an effective human service worker as all individuals have varying levels of awareness. This course will provide students with an opportunity for self encounter. Students will be challenged to take an honest look at themselves and the people and events that have influenced their lives. This course will assist students to discover and accept themselves, learn a communication model for effective interpersonal interactions, and develop appropriate boundaries.
Course Code: HUMSER-1050
On-the-Job Training I
The On-the-Job Training I experience is designed to support students in their effort to gain confidence, integrate their learnings, and demonstrate their acquired skills in the human services field. On-the-Job Training I allows students to actively participate in the daily activities of a service providing agency so that students can begin to build relationships with people with an intellectual disability. Students will have the opportunity to practice and apply learnings acquired in their course work in a real-work setting.
Course Code: HUMSER-1062
Administration in Human Services
This course is designed to provide students with an orientation to administrative principles and practices found in both non-profit and for profit human service agencies serving people with disabilities. Students will be provided an overview of administrative structures and systems for managing human and financial resources including personnel selection and performance evaluation as well as budget preparation, proposal writing, and record keeping. In the future, students may be inspired to become an entrepreneur; owning and operating their own small business. This course provides an overview of the steps involved in setting up and operating a service with the goal of increasing both the likelihood of success and potential to move into a leadership roles.
Course Code: HUMSER-2002
Support and Behavioral Strategies
Based on principles of applied behaviour analysis, students design a variety of interventions aimed at assisting clients to act more effectively in society. Students practice a number of interventions including proactive procedures that support behavioural change while respecting the value and worth of each individual with an intellectual disability.
Course Code: HUMSER-2008
Rights Issues and Disability
Human service workers must have an understanding and respect for the individual rights of their clients. This course will provide students with opportunities to explore what life is like for people with disabilities, particularly their experience of discrimination and rejection. Students will gain an understanding of the need for and intent of various laws, statutes, and regulations that are intended to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and support their human and legal rights which enable full and equal citizenship.
Course Code: HUMSER-2012
Current Social Issues
Familiarization with the factors contributing to social injustices impacting clients and stimulation of critical thinking about practices observed and used when working with vulnerable people. Students examine the role of government and advocacy organizations in alleviating the unjust treatment of people with disabilities.
Course Code: HUMSER-2020
Ethical Practice in Human Services
This course will examine ethical behaviour and professional practice in the field of human services with a focus on working with individuals with an intellectual disability and their families. Exploration of one's attitudes, beliefs, and philosophies as they relate to working with people with an intellectual disability is central to this study. Students will explore ethical dilemmas and will be introduced to a framework for making ethical decisions. As well, students will examine professional ethical codes and develop a personal code of ethics to guide their practice.
Course Code: HUMSER-2027
Advanced Helping Skills
This course assists students to integrate basic counseling skills into a helping model to effectively guide and support people who have an intellectual disability to create change in their behaviour, solve problems, develop healthy relationships, and create a more need-satisfying life. Students will gain confidence in their listening and questioning skills while developing a deeper understanding of their role and limits when counseling. Students will use strategies such as action planning, reframing, client self-evaluation, and feedback in the context of a helping relationship that is need-satisfying, authentic, and caring.
Course Code: HUMSER-2030
ABA and Individual Teaching Methods and Strategies
Addresses essential theoretical components of program planning and offers opportunity to develop individualized programs in the field of human services. Students study principles of applied behaviour analysis, analyzing of goals and tasks, developing goals and behavioural objectives, developing individual teaching plans, and creating and utilizing evaluation data collection methods. Also, students use a variety of motivational techniques and teaching strategies to support people with intellectual challenges.
Course Code: HUMSER-2037
Working with Families
This course is designed to provide students with an orientation to family dynamics with the emphasis being placed on families who have a child with an intellectual disability. Students will develop a sensitivity to family reactions and needs at various times throughout the life cycle. Students will be challenged to assess their own family experience and the impact this has on their capacity to work effectively with families. Further, students will explore the various roles workers play in the lives of families and the importance of demonstrating a respectful and empowering attitude.
Course Code: HUMSER-2040
Group Teaching Methods and Strategies
This course places emphasis on group process and facilitation skills. Students will explore theory regarding group dynamics, communication within group settings, the creation of quality learning environments and the principles of invitational education in preparation for organizing and teaching a course in the community. Students will gain practical experience requiring them to network with a variety of community-based organizations to locate appropriate facilities and equipment in order to teach their own course. Students will be expected to develop and implement goals and objectives, create and deliver a curriculum including 'involvement' and 'closure' activities and prepare a process for client feedback. Finally, students will be expected to provide peer support and feedback.
Course Code: HUMSER-2047
In this time of ever increasing competition for employment, it is important that individuals present themselves to potential employers in a manner that maximizes their suitability to perform on the job. Students will be provided with strategies that will assist them to highlight their capabilities and talents when seeking employment. This course will support students to create a professional portfolio and provide strategies for effective job search skills and interviewing techniques.
Course Code: HUMSER-2052
On-the Job Training II
Students continue to demonstrate their ability to meet the challenges of the human services field by demonstrating professional skills, attitudes, and abilities to work both independently and as part of a team. Particular focus will be placed on the design and implementation of individual program plans.
Course Code: HUMSER-2057
|Credential Issued:||Diploma, Community Living Worker II|
Graduates of this program may find employment with:
- Government and private agencies including residential settings, educational settings, preschool programs, employment programs and community-support programs
- Graduates are occasionally employed in related areas such as services for people who have a physical challenge, people with mental illness and seniors
- Self employed with private families
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Grade 12 academic English (minimum of 65% or equivalent based on English assessment arranged by Admissions)
- Written verification of a minimum of 50 hours of paid or volunteer work experience, preferably within the last three years, with individuals who are labeled with an intellectual disability. Sites may include adult group homes/residences, vocational training centres, special education classes, recreation/summer programs for individuals who have intellectual disability or child care centres working with children who have special needs. If you are uncertain as to the suitability of the site, please contact program instructors at the listed e-mail addresses.
- Three reference forms, including: 1. Someone in the field of intellectual disability with whom the applicant has worked 2. Someone in the field of Human Services 3. An employer or supervisor with whom the applicant has worked Friends or relatives may not serve as a reference.
- A Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Persons) with no findings of guilt
- Current CPR - Basic rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.
Criminal Records Checks - Information for Prospective Students
The following was prepared as a source of information for persons interested in Holland College programs requiring Criminal Records Checks. Although care has been taken in preparing the information contained on this webpage and that the information provided was accurate at the time it was prepared, Holland College does not and cannot guarantee the accuracy thereof. Anyone using the information does so at their own risk and shall be deemed to indemnify Holland College from any and all injury or damage arising from such use. In the event of a conflict between this webpage and any of the sources noted the source document shall prevail. The sources used to prepare the webpage are noted at various places within the webpage and at the end.Index
A. Criminal Records
B. Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Verification
C. What is Screening?
D. What is a Certified Criminal Record Check?
E. What is a pardon?
F. Does a pardon erase a criminal record?
G. Will a criminal record check reveal that a pardon has been given?
H. Discharge, Conditional Or Absolute Discharge, Withdrawn Charge Or A Stay In Proceedings
I. Why do some Holland College programs require a Criminal Records Check?
J. Vulnerable Person
K. The National Sex Offender Registry
L. How will a criminal record affect my application?
M. How does a criminal record affect an application to programs at the Atlantic Police Academy?
N. I don’t have a criminal record, yet the form completed by the police indicates that I may or may not have a criminal record. What should I do?
O. What does Holland College do with the information I submit?
P. How does the College decide if a criminal record will cause my application to be rejected?
Q. What if I am convicted of a criminal offence after I have been accepted in the program?
R. Will the CRC or VSV that I submit with my application be sufficient for the duration of the program?
S. Do I have to submit my fingerprints in order to obtain a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification?
T. How does a criminal record impact my ability to travel?
U. Information Resources
Criminal Record Information means criminal records, fingerprints, photographs, and related information maintained in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. Information for vulnerable sector purposes also means pardoned sexual offence convictions maintained in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records.
The Canadian Police Information Centre or CPIC is a service operated by the RCMP. The factsheet found at this website provides a full description and explanation of criminal records checks:
A number of Holland College programs require applicants to provide or submit to a Criminal Records Check (CRC) and/or a Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV). To determine if this applies to your program of interest, please refer to the College Website for the program and check under the “Admissions Requirements” and “Program Participation Requirements” sections.⇑ Return to top
Volunteer Canada defines Screening as an ongoing10-step process designed to identify any person (volunteer or staff) who may harm children or vulnerable adults. Screening involves more than a Police Records Check. For more information see http://volunteer.ca/topics-and-resources/screening .⇑ Return to top
There are two main types of certified RCMP Criminal Record Check products:
- Criminal Record Verification: This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record and provides any relevant details contained within the National Criminal Records Repository.
- A certified Criminal Record Verification requires fingerprints.
- Should a certified Criminal Record Verification not be required, a name-based verification may be conducted. Individuals with a criminal record must declare their criminal record information, which a police service will confirm if the information matches a criminal record contained within the National Repository (If a match is confirmed, a police service also has the option of providing individuals with a copy of their criminal convictions record in accordance with this policy). If a police service cannot match an individual’s declaration to a criminal record contained within the National Repository, fingerprints are required.
- Vulnerable Sector Verification: This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record, including the existence of any pardoned sex offences, and provides any relevant details contained within the National Criminal Records Repository. Individuals applying to work in paid or volunteer positions where they will be in contact with children or other vulnerable persons may be required to undergo a Vulnerable Sector Verification.
- A certified Vulnerable Sector Verification requires fingerprints.
- Should a certified Vulnerable Sector Verification not be required, a name-based verification may be conducted. If the verification is inconclusive as to the existence of a pardoned sex offence, or an individual’s declared criminal record does not match a criminal record contained within the National Repository, fingerprints are required.
- A Vulnerable Sector Verification also includes a query of CPIC investigative and intelligence records, and of local police records.
A pardon allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records. Under the Criminal Records Act (CRA), the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) may issue, grant, deny, or revoke pardons for convictions under federal acts or regulations of Canada. Note: The Parole Board of Canada was previously known as the National Parole Board and the change has not been updated on all sites.
Applicants who may have a criminal record in their past and who are applying to College programs that have requirements for a Criminal Records Check or for travel outside of Canada, should consider obtaining a pardon prior to applying. Be advised that processing a pardon may take from 12 - 18 months. If you have already started the pardon process, you may wish to consult with the contact person for the program noted on the website, to determine how this will affect the processing of your application.
For more information visit the Parole Board of Canada website at: http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/index-eng.shtml
Fact Sheet – Pardons http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/infocntr/factsh/pardon-eng.shtml
Visit the RCMP website page -- “Pardon And Purge Services” at:
Pardons may be requested from:
Clemency and Investigations Division
National Parole Board
410 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R1
Fax. (613) 941-4981
No, a pardon does not erase a criminal record. Under the Criminal Records Act, all records of cases in which a pardon has been granted must be stored separately from other records. As a result, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) and the RCMP have developed procedures to deal with both hard copy criminal record files and criminal record information on the CPIC system.
The RCMP website also provides the following information regarding pardons and international travel:
- Through international agreements, the RCMP shares criminal records information with foreign authorities who may register this information in their databank.
- If you have been convicted of an offence, you may subsequently be refused entry into another country, even if you have since been granted a pardon in Canada.
- Many foreign countries, including the U.S., do not recognize a Canadian pardon unless you produce a copy for their evaluation.
For more information and information on how to obtain a copy of your pardoned criminal record go to: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/pp-er-eng.htm⇑ Return to top
Once a pardon has been granted, with the exception of a Vulnerable Sector Verification, police officers will be provided with no evidence that a criminal record existed. A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. Pardoned records are purged from the part of CPIC that is accessible by police and moved to a part that is accessible by certain people only. See note above re foreign countries.⇑ Return to top
While a discharge is not considered a conviction, a record of an absolute or conditional discharge is kept by CPIC and by the charging police agency. Absolute or conditional discharges handed down by the court on or after July 24, 1992 will automatically be removed from the CPIC computer system one year (absolute discharge) or three years (conditional discharge) after the court decision. For discharges given before July 24, 1992, to be removed from the record, a person must contact the RCMP. For more details refer to the booklet “Understanding Criminal Records” by the John Howard Society of Alberta 2000 (http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/pub/A5.htm )⇑ Return to top
Due to the nature of the occupational field that students are being prepared for, some programs at Holland College will require students to provide proof that they provide a report confirming whether or not they have a criminal record.
Society today demands that individuals who volunteer or work with vulnerable members of society, such as children, youth and the elderly, are screened. A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. The College’s Child & Youth Care Worker, Human Services, Early Childhood Care and Education, Practical Nursing, Resident Care Worker and Paramedicine programs all involve students working with clients that are considered to be vulnerable. Instructors in these programs will examine the Police Records Check submitted by the student prior to any student participating in a placement at the privately owned and operated Child Development Centre located at Holland College Charlottetown Centre and prior to any involvement with children, youth or the elderly in the community.
Some employers may require a police/criminal records check, security clearance and/or personal interview before students are placed in a practicum, co-operative placement or work experience. Programs requiring Criminal Records Checks will clearly identify the requirement on the program's official Web page (under Admission Requirements), in official publications and promotional materials, and during the admissions process.
While the College will provide (after the student signs a consent form authorizing the release) the results of a Criminal Records Check submitted by a student to an individual, company or organization that the student is seeking clinical or practicum placement with, the College does not provide any guarantee, or accept any liability, as to the currency, accuracy, relevance or acceptability of the information. The determination of the relevance of a student’s criminal record to the occupation will be left to the individual, company, or organization that the student is seeking clinical or practicum placement with.⇑ Return to top
This term is used to denote individuals who have difficulty protecting themselves and are therefore at greater risk of harm. People may be vulnerable because of age, disability or handicap, or circumstances. Vulnerability may be a temporary or a permanent condition.
This is purposely a broad definition, one that can include children, youth, senior citizens, people with physical, developmental, social, emotional, or other disabilities, as well as people who are victims of crime or harm. Vulnerable person will also include people who have been victims of a crime or accident, or are otherwise left with little defense against those who would harm them.
The Criminal Records Act (CRA) lists certain sexual offences. If a person was pardoned for such offences, his/her record will be kept separate and apart, but his/her name will be flagged in the CPIC computer system. The RCMP recently made changes to enhance the rigor of Vulnerable Sector Verifications (VSV) and fingerprints are now required to complete this verification. This verification could take up to 120 days to complete. (for more information visit the RCMP website; copies of both consent forms are also available at the site: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/index-eng.htm). There is also a VSV FAQ provided on the RCMP website: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/faq-eng.htm.
A Vulnerable Sector Verification may only be conducted for a paid or volunteer position of authority or trust relative to children or other vulnerable persons. Prior to conducting a Vulnerable Sector Verification, a police service or authorized body must verify that the position is relative to the vulnerable sector. In accordance with the Criminal Records Act , applicants for paid or volunteer work with "vulnerable persons " must commence the process for obtaining a criminal records verification at a local police service and not at a privately operating fingerprinting firm.⇑ Return to top
The National Sex Offender Registry, a national sex offender database maintained by the RCMP, was proclaimed as law and came into force on December 15, 2004. While the public does not have access to the National Sex Offender Registry, it is a database that provides Canadian police services with important information that will improve their ability to investigate crimes of a sexual nature. It is however a separate database from CPIC and other police databases. For more information visit the National Sex Offender Registry website http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/cor/tls/soir-eng.aspx
This depends on the program you are applying to and several factors.
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act states that an individual, company, or organization cannot dismiss or refuse to employ an individual because he or she has been convicted of a criminal or summary conviction offence that is unrelated to the position the individual is employed in or is seeking.
While the act is very specific in that in only applies to employment, it would be irresponsible of Holland College to accept you into a program where the occupational field would not permit you to work or where there were limitations as to where you could work, without first ensuring you have been adequately informed.
Another factor that the College has to consider is the on-the-job training, clinical, practicum, and community volunteering requirements of some programs. The College’s health and community service programs include clinical and/or practicum placements and community volunteer work with children and/or youth with both private and public institutions, organizations and agencies. Many public and privately operated agencies and institutions require that employees and/or students to submit to a criminal record check. Depending on the nature of the criminal record, and its relationship to the program, a student may find it difficult or even impossible to be accepted in a clinical, practicum, or OJT placement, which will result in a failure to complete a required component of the program and a non-graduating status. Criminal Records Checks and Vulnerable Sector Verifications are one way the health and community service sector can protect clients, especially those who may be vulnerable. Students may not refuse a clinical, practicum or OJT placement on the grounds that a criminal record check is required.⇑ Return to top
The programs offered by the Atlantic Police Academy require the applicant to have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted. Applicants to the Correctional Officer, Law & Security and Conservation Enforcement programs are required to submit, prior to acceptance, a Police Records Check with no findings of guilt (CPIC). The Atlantic Police Academy also conducts a background check, which includes a thorough Police Records Check on each applicant during the selection process. Students at the Academy will also be subjected to several Police Records Checks during the program.
Depending on the program and the nature of the record applicants, who do not meet the requirements of a Police Records Check, may have their application rejected or they may be asked to contact a program instructor or Program Manager.⇑ Return to top
I don’t have a criminal record, yet the form completed by the police indicates that I may or may not have a criminal record. What should I do?
You will only receive a standard response identifying that a possible match to an RCMP criminal record exists when, based on the query, the RCMP identified a possible match to a registered RCMP criminal record that matches the name(s), date of birth, and criminal record information you provided. When this happens you need to submit your fingerprints so they can verify your identity. This will result in a Certified Criminal Record Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification Product.
Refer to the Criminal Records Factsheet on the Canadian Police Information Centre website for more information: (http://www.cpic-cipc.ca/English/crfactsheet.cfm)
Only original documents will be accepted.
The contents of criminal record checks are confidential. The documentation will be kept with the application and reviewed by College staff involved in the application review process. If the student is admitted to the program, a copy will be retained (see note1 below) in the official student record and the originals will be forwarded to the program instructor(s). All College staff are governed by policies and procedures that are in place to ensure all personal and private information gathered is controlled and protected.
note1 Some clinical, practicum and OJT sites may require that they see original documents. When this occurs a copy of the originals will be made for the official student file and the originals provide to the student for this purpose.⇑ Return to top
Not all College programs have the requirement for a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to acceptance. For those program that do, in the event that an applicant has a criminal record, the Program Instructor, Program Manager, Senior Admission Officer, and/or Registrar shall determine if the Record Verification Report provided is acceptable. A record that indicates who made the decision to accept or not accept the applicant with respect to the CRC or VSV, will be added to each student file. The record will be signed and dated by the individual(s) who made the decision. When the CRC or VSV is deemed unacceptable, the reasons for the decision will also be recorded on the record and provided to the applicant. When possible, recommendations for changing the non-acceptance status, such as obtaining a pardon, will also be provided to the applicant. Potential applicants who have a criminal record are encouraged to contact the Program Instructor to discuss their status prior to submitting their application.
Applicants and students are required to report changes and/or offences that occur after submission of a CRC or VSV. Students will be required to sign a form at the start of their program agreeing to this requirement. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.⇑ Return to top
After the CRC or VSV has been completed, applicants and students are required to report any changes to their police records and/or any offences for which no conviction has yet occurred to the Registrar or the program staff. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
The action taken upon receiving new information regarding your CRC or VSV will depend on the program and the nature of the offence. A criminal conviction of any kind would mean immediate dismissal from any of the programs offered at the Atlantic Police Academy. A criminal conviction in one of the health and community service programs would have to be assessed by the program staff to determine what if any effect it might have on your ability to successfully complete the program.⇑ Return to top
Will the CRC or VSV that I submit with my application be sufficient for the duration of the program?
As noted above, you are required to inform the College of any changes that may affect the status of your current submission. Generally this will be sufficient for the duration of your program. However, the College cannot guarantee that a clinical, practicum or OJT site will not require a more current check. Should this occur, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a new check as specified by the site.⇑ Return to top
Do I have to submit my fingerprints in order to obtain a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification?
As noted in a previous section, finger prints are required to confirm your identity should a Records Check produces a name and date of birth similar to yours. To obtain a Certified Criminal Record Check or a Certified Vulnerable Sector Verification fingerprints are required.⇑ Return to top
A criminal record generally does not impact the ability to travel within Canada (the courts may impose specific travel conditions on a case by case basis); however, if a person wishes to travel outside of Canada, there are a number of considerations.
Every country has its own rules and practice about visitors with criminal records. It is recommended that people with criminal records who want to visit a foreign country contact that country's consulate or embassy to obtain information on each country's practice.
Some countries, like the United States, may require a person to get a travel waiver. Travel waivers are documents that allow persons with criminal records to travel to the United States. Waivers can be obtained at the Department of U.S. Immigration located in some International Airports or at any border crossing. The processing cost is $545 U.S. (cost at the time this document was prepared). The waiver is good for five years. If there are questions about travel waivers, the U.S. Immigration Department can be contacted. It takes six to nine months to process a waiver. Further information and assistance may be accessed by contacting Pardons Canada: http://www.pardons.org/index.html
Since the United States and some other foreign countries have access to the CPIC system, customs officials use the CPIC system to determine whether individuals have criminal records. If a person has a criminal record and/or travel waiver, U.S. Customs will enter the person's criminal record information into their own system - where it will stay indefinitely. If a person tries to enter the U.S. in the future, regardless of whether he or she has received a pardon, Customs officials will have the criminal record documented in their system.
Canadian pardons do not have legal force outside of Canada. The United States is not compelled to destroy their copy of the record when a Canadian pardons is granted. This means that if U.S. customs have previously entered a person's name into their own system, they would have that person's criminal record even though the record would no longer appear on CPIC. In such cases, individuals with a pardon may also wish to consider applying for a travel waiver.
Note: Information from CPIC is retained indefinitely in the U.S. computer system if customs is alerted to the existence of a record for any person attempting to cross the border. If a person has a record and has entered the U.S. in the past without their record being checked, a pardon will be helpful because it will remove the record from CPIC. Since that person's name no longer appears on CPIC, that individual no longer has a criminal record. If Customs asks whether the individual has a criminal record, the individual can say "no." This also applies if a person has received a pardon and has never entered the U.S. The best advice in any situation is to be as honest as possible and remember that U.S. Customs can deny or allow a person to enter the U.S. at their discretion. Travellers should also assume that any criminal record information provided to Customs officials will be entered on their police information system for future reference.
Source: Understanding Criminal Records, John Howard Society of Alberta, 2000.⇑ Return to top
John Howard Society of Alberta 2000 booklet title: “Understanding Criminal Records” http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/PUB/A5.htm
RCMP Website at: RCMP Criminal Record Check (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm)
Consent forms for Disclosure Of Criminal Record Information can be accessed from http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/form/index-eng.htm
L-1 Identify Solutions located at 119 Kent St., Charlottetown. http://www.policecheck.com/PEI.html
Commissionaires New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (NB & PEI) located on North River Road, Charlottetown
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