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Sheriff and Public Safety Officer

If you are interested in a career as a sheriff, public safety officer, municipal peace officer, highway safety officer, or bylaw enforcement officer; or would like to work in armoured car security or cell block security, this program will put you on the right path. The Sheriff and Public Safety Officer program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to work in federal and provincial security agencies, and for private security companies. Successful completion of this program may enhance your qualifications if you decide to pursue further career opportunities in a police training program. This program is accredited by the Canadian Security Council.

This 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, Sheriff and Public Safety Officer
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment with:

  • Sheriff
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Municipal Peace Officer
  • Highway Safety
  • University Policing
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Armored Car
  • Cell Block Security

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 4421, NOC 4423.

Admission Requirements


  • Must be 19 years of age or older by program start date
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • 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.)
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • Completion of a Holland College medical form
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Certification in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C – must be valid for the duration of the program
  • Automated external defibrillator certification
  • Successful completion of PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation) Test
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download in PDF or MS Word), not required until after an applicant has been accepted.
  • Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident status. Must provide a copy of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizenship certificate, or a permanent resident card
  • Must have a Psychological Profiling Test (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.)
  • 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

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

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

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning this program, contact:

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