Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
Must be 19 years of age by program start date
Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. Find out more about Criminal Record Checks.
Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status
Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license)
Completion of an APA Medical Form. This is PDF and will open in a new window.
Three letters of reference, not from family members
Completion of Immunization Verification Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window) (required after acceptance)
Certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (must be valid for the duration of the program)
Résumé 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
NOTE: A Child Abuse Registry Search must also be completed in advance for cadets planning to complete their on the job training in Nova Scotia.
International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).
|Tuition and Other Fees||First Year|
|Student Union||$ 168|
|Health Insurance Fee||$ 410|
|Lab Fee||$ 300|
|Body Armour||$ 1,400|
|Dry Cleaning||$ 20|
|CPKN Course||$ 70|
|Graduation Fee||$ 90|
|1stinstallment due upon registration||$ 14,835|
|2ndinstallment due Dec.3, 2018||$ 3,008|
|1 pair black shine-able shoes – Military or Police Style
2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie. (no button down collars)
1 pair of black dress pants
1 pair quality running shoes
3 pairs black socks
1 black tie – plain, single color/no patterns (clip on preferred)
|Towels and personal toiletry articles||varies|
|1 alarm clock or clock radio||$ 20|
|1 mouth guard piece||varies|
Graduates from this program may find employment with:
The primary responsibility of a correctional officer is to monitor, supervise and interact with incarcerated offenders and prepare them to become law-abiding citizens after serving their sentences. You will learn the skills you need to ensure the safety and well-being of inmates, yourself and your colleagues.
Learn how to supervise inmate movement; appropriate use of control tactics, Taser and other control devices; the principles of human relations, sociology and psychology; communications techniques, including how to brief visitors and criminal justice professionals entering the institution; extracting inmates from cells and conducting security checks; how to conduct safety equipment checks, and how to draft daily logs and reports.
You will receive crisis intervention training and earn a de-escalation certification.
As part of the Corrections Officer program, all cadets undergo on the job training at provincial or federal correctional facilities throughout Atlantic Canada. This real-life experience offers students the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge and it plays an integral role in preparing them for a career in corrections.
The program also includes practice on a driving course and use of force/control skills, as well as communication and mental health training. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology, and law.
Students in the Correctional Officer program are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.
View a detailed list of courses for this program.