Start Date: August
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Length: 24 Weeks
Credential: Certificate, Correctional Officer
Program Availability: Fall 2023 Term
Please note: You must be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian permanent resident status to apply for this program.
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. In the Correctional Officer program, you will learn the skills you need to work in a federal or provincial correctional facility while ensuring the safety and well-being of inmates, your colleagues, and yourself.
Learn how to supervise inmate movement, de-escalate conflict, communicate effectively, and use control tactics appropriately. Develop communications techniques, including how to brief visitors and criminal justice professionals entering the institution. Practice extracting inmates from cells and conducting security checks. Learn how to conduct safety equipment checks and how to draft daily logs and reports.
You will study the principles of human relations and receive mental health training. Academic components include courses in sociology, psychology, and law. Students complete crisis intervention training and earn a de-escalation certification.
The program also includes practice on a driving course and simulated training for use of force/control skills including appropriate use of a Taser and other control devices.
All cadets participate in on-the-job training at provincial or federal correctional facilities in Atlantic Canada. This real-life experience offers students the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired and prepares them for a career in corrections.
If you are a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident and are interested in the this program, take a look at the Accelerated Correctional Officer program, which offers subsidies for eligible applicants. You must apply for the Accelerated Correctional Officer program through the Government of P.E.I.'s website.
Please note: 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) unless they are in the Accelerated Correctional Officer program.
This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.
|Partner Institution||Credential||Details of Agreement|
|Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama, U.S.A.||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration||Graduates receive 21 credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree.|
Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars.
|Tuition and Fees||$ 17,703*|
|Other Costs||See tuition breakdown below|
*Includes lease of body armour, residence fees, and meal plan.
Tuition & Fees
|Health Insurance Fee||$420|
|Body Armour (Lease)||$610|
|1st installment due August 22||$14,457|
|2nd installment due November 15||$3,246|
|1 pair of black shine-able shoes – Military or Police Style)||varies|
|2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie||varies|
|1 pair of black dress pants||varies|
|1 pair of quality running shoes||varies|
|3 pairs of black socks||varies|
|1 black tie – plain, single colour/no patterns (clip-on preferred)||varies|
|Towels and personal toiletry articles||varies|
|1 alarm clock or clock radio||$ 20|
|1 mouth guard||varies|
Course Name & Description
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
This course is designed to enhance written and verbal communication skills that are used in workplace communications by correctional officers. Students learn the proper use of notebooks and logbooks to document relevant observations and information from investigations including obtaining admissible witness statements. Emphasis is placed on effective report writing, as well as how to testify in court. Students also develop skills for securing employment including resume preparation and preparation for employment interviews.
In this course students develop skills and knowledge in control tactics and learn to react in situations which may require them to apply the principles of the National Use of Force Framework (NUFF). This course trains students to evaluate situations and respond with the appropriate course of action. At the end of this training, students are certified in the use of force in accordance with industry best practices.
This course provides students with many of the practical skills that are required of a Correctional Officer. Students are required to perform various security related duties as part of their routine. At the end of this course, students are thoroughly familiar with the laws and regulations surrounding searches, as well as methods of conducting searches, preservation of evidence and protection of the crime scene.
This course is designed to expose students to a crisis management process within a correctional setting. The training introduces students to the processes involved in identifying, preparing for, and managing crisis situations in a correctional facility.
This course provides students with enhanced driving skills necessary for working in law enforcement situations. The course covers defensive driving skills, controlled responses, skid control techniques, and emergency stopping techniques.
This course is designed to prepare students for the correctional officer profession and the various physical tests that institutions require of their employees. Students learn and are challenged to lead a healthy lifestyle by improving their fitness level and nutrition. By the end of this course, students are required to successfully complete the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT).
This course provides students with a substantial overview of the correctional system in Canada as a part of the Criminal Justice system. Students become familiar with the path of justice from arrest to sentencing and the administration of the sentence, and are made aware of the impact of sentencing alternatives on the prison environment, as well as the process for release and supervision. Students also learn about the case management process and the role of the entry level correctional officer in the case management family. Students become familiar with programming opportunities for offenders and the role of the correctional officer in ensuring compliance with programming requirements of offenders. Students learn about the life of an offender and the challenges they face.
This course examines the Canadian Criminal Justice system including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code (CC), and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Students become familiar with the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) and Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations (CCRR) as well as other acts, regulations and powers specific to the correctional environment.
On-the-Job Training (OJT) provides students with an opportunity to put into practice and enhance the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. In addition, students may gain new skills and knowledge. Students are expected to complete the duties assigned to them by the On-the-Job placement site.
In this course students learn about those situations and environmental issues that may have an impact on personal health and safety. Specific topics that are covered include: officer safety, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), fire suppression systems, infectious diseases and harms reduction.
In this course students learn how to run a direct supervision housing unit. Upon completion of this course students are able to plan and organize the day-to-day functioning of a direct supervision housing unit including inmate and officer safety and managing inmate behavior. Students acquire the skills to become a leader within the unit.
This course is designed to provide students with practical scenario-based activities that simulate the full range of subject behaviours and officer responses that are encountered in the field. Students gain experience responding to incidents with an emphasis on public and officer safety, de-escalation, and decision-making as they learn to apply the National Use of Force Framework. Legal articulation of the intervention level used, and report writing are re-enforced in this course.
Participants learn to use the Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) Model and apply techniques to effectively de-escalate crisis situations, specifically those incidents involving intervention in a mental health crisis. This blended course consists of online learning activities through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN), classroom training, as well as scenario based training.
The purpose of this course is to examine and practice ethical and professional behaviors to prepare students for making ethical choices during their time at the academy and in their professional public safety careers. Students are required to produce and follow a personal code of ethics, work as a team, and to exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the expectations of the profession and the public.
This course introduces the discipline of social psychology with an emphasis on practical issues in law enforcement. Students learn about social interactions, causes of human behavior, including abnormal behaviors, and how they impact society. Culture, strategies for dealing with stress, recognition of abuse, and attending to the needs of victims are central themes.
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