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Correctional Officer

Correctional Officers monitor, supervise and interact with incarcerated offenders to help offenders to become law-abiding citizens after serving their sentences. Correctional Officers ensure the safety and well-being of inmates within institutions. Responsibilities include supervising inmate movement, escorting inmates both inside and outside the institution, searching cells, offenders, visitors, vehicles, living units, and surrounding areas, extracting inmates from cells, and conducting security checks. Other Correctional Officer duties include verifying safety equipment, drafting daily logs, submitting reports, and briefing visitors, volunteers, and other criminal justice professionals entering the institution.

The Correctional Officer program is specifically designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career as a Correctional Officer in Canadian correctional institutions. This intensive program includes training in:

  • the duties and role of a Correctional Officer;
  • excellent communications techniques;
  • the role of corrections in the Canadian justice system;
  • working as a valuable member of a team;
  • principles of human relations, sociology and psychology;
  • appropriate use of control tactics, firearms and other control devices.

On the job training is an integral component of the Correctional Officer program. Students are placed in federal and provincial correctional facilities in the Atlantic region and across Canada to apply their newly-acquired knowledge and skills as a Correctional Officer.

Please note: Students who intend to seek on the job training opportunities in the province of Nova Scotia will be required to purchase and wear Body Armor Level II Stab and Ballistic vests. The cost of this body armour is approximately $825.

The Correctional Officer program is a mandatory residential program. Cadets are required to live in residence in single-person rooms for the duration of the training, excluding the on the job training component of the program. The residential environment serves as a training lab in the same way as the driving track and firing range do. The residence provides experiential learning that would not be possible if students interacted with one another in an instructional setting alone. Residence life allows students to develop skills in teamwork, problem solving, time management and communications, and allows for the development of gender and cross-cultural sensitivity, which are essential to a successful career in the policing community.


The each room includes a bathroom, fridge, TV, air conditioning, and heat. There is a common laundry area, common sitting area with television and kitchen (non-cooking) facilities. Cadets are provided with 14 meals a week: breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday.


Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 24 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park, Summerside
Credential Issued: Certificate, Correctional Officer
Minimum passing grade per course:


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Must be 19 years of age or older by program start date
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt. For students wishing to complete their On the Job Training component in Nova Scotia, a Child Abuse Registry Search must also be completed in advance.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license (Students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of this license, regardless of Holland College training.)
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form PDF or MS Word  This completed form is not required until after an applicant has been accepted.
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR trainer.
  • Automated external defibrillator certification
  • 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

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Federal & provincial correctional facilities

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 4422.

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Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Correctional Officer program, contact:

140 Weymouth Street  •  Charlottetown, PE  •  Canada  •  C1A 4Z1  •  info@hollandcollege.com  •  1-800-446-5265