Holland College | Police Science (Cadet)



Police Science (Cadet)

Start Date: January
Length: 34 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Credential: Certificate, Police Constable
  • 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 (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Successful completion of Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation Test (PARE)
  • Completion of Vision Examination form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) unrestricted driver’s license
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. Find out more about Criminal Record Checks.
  • Successful completion of a full background check. Please download and complete the Consent to Criminal Record and Background Check form. This form is a PDF and will open in a new window.
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window) (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 2020. This is a PDF and will open in a new window.


Fees for the academic year 2019/2020. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student fee is an additional $4000 per year (includes International Health Fee).
International Student fee is due on first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 18,910
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410
Books $ 600
Uniform $ 1,500
Dry Cleaning $115
Body Armour $ 600
Accommodations/Meal Plan $ 7,331
Additional Courses $ 300
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 30,034
1stinstallment due January 2, 2020 $12,470
2nd installment due January 27, 2020 $10,000
3rd installment due June 1, 2020 $ 7,564

Additional requirements/expenses

    An initial issue is supplied with the exception of gloves, socks, items of personal nature and winter overshoes.

You must bring the following items:

4 black t-shirts (no design – must have screen printed 2 inch white letters of your last name only in caps on each shirt on the back side)

1 pair black polishable dress shoes (no heel), black shoe polish and shoe shine brushes

Towels and personal toiletry articles

1 pair black sweat pants

3 white dress shirts (long sleeve)

1 pair black dress pants

1 pair quality running shoes

7 pairs black socks

1 alarm clock or clock radio

1 black tie (plain, single color/no patterns (clip on preferred)

1 mouth guard piece

1 8 Gb memory stick

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


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

Program Overview

The Police Science (Cadet) 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.

This program also has degree pathways - agreements that give you credit for your training when you are pursuing a degree. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Police Science (Cadet) application form. This form is a PDF and will open in a new window. 

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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