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.
|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.