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“The Police Science (Cadet) Program transforms cadets into law enforcement professionals. After graduation the cadets are equipped with the necessary academic and tactical knowledge to protect the lives, rights, property, and dignity of the citizens they are sworn to protect.”

Curtis Fudge, Learning Manager





This program blends academic and tactical training to ensure that you have the confidence and skills needed to keep yourself and your community safe. The program blends real life situations and simulations to prepare you for the law enforcement profession. You will practice on a driving course and gun range, learn use of force and control skills, develop criminal investigation techniques, and receive communications and mental health training. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology and law.

Police Science cadets are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police now accepts graduates from the Atlantic Police Academy’s Police Science (Cadet) program. To join the RCMP, graduates must pass a medical examination, obtain an RCMP Security Clearance and pass an interview. Before their first posting as an RCMP officer, they will participate in a short training course instead of taking the force’s 26-week course.

Derrick Meisner

“This was a way to get into a career in law and make a good income for my family. The driving was my favourite part. That’s when I felt like a police officer. You’re in your uniform, in the car with the lights and sirens on, conducting a traffic stop – just like you’re on duty. It’s worth the investment.”

Derrick Meisner, Cadet




Andrea Arsenault cropped“When I came here, I thought my size would be my biggest challenge when using control tactics. But seeing that I can do everything is really rewarding. With all the training you get – the law, psychology, and sociology courses, and the use of force training – your whole outlook on life changes.”

Andrea Arsenault, Cadet





Please note: There is a specific application form for this program outlining detailed information on requirements. Please click here to download an application or contact the Admissions Office.

Program Facts

Start: January
Length: 35 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park, Summerside
Credential: Certificate, Police Constable
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Must be 19 years of age by program start date
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status
  • Completion of an APA Medical Form
  • Successful completion of Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation Test (PARE)
  • Completion of Vision Examination Form
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) unrestricted driver’s license
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
  • Successful completion of a full background check
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form PDF or MS Word (required after acceptance)
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Successful completion of the Police Officer Selection Test (POST), the Police Science Test (PST), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). The applicant is responsible for this cost. Testing for applicants from the Maritimes is held in PEI. This test will be arranged by Holland College Admissions.
  • Successful completion of polygraph interview – to be arranged by Holland College Admissions.
  • 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

Please note: Keep copies of all documents for your personal records. For more application information, see Police Memo 2019.

Graduate Opportunities

This program prepares candidates to work in police agencies as police constables and in other related fields of law enforcement and security.


Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.


Since 1971, the Atlantic Police Academy has provided thousands of law enforcement professionals with the training they needed to succeed in the field. The academy is one of six national police training academies recognized by the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Professional Police Association (CPPA), and is the only police academy in North America with combined skills and academic training. Instructors work together to provide cadets with an integrated, scenario-based curriculum. The APA is the first academy in Canada to mandate mental health training to help officers deal with all scenarios including crisis, communication and intervention situations.

For additional post-graduate training and upgrading opportunities, check the Upcoming In-Service Training Courses list.

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Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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