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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Prepare for diverse career options in correctional institutions, open and secure custody facilities, group homes, and private agencies.

From day one, you’ll get hands-on experience at the Wendigo Lake Expeditions youth open custody facility, where you'll participate in hands-on activities designed to develop your team-building, facilitation, and leadership skills. This experience will be your first introduction to youth-centered justice services with classes in the remaining semesters effectively comparing and contrasting the unique needs, challenges, and care requirements of at-risk youth, young offenders, and adults.

This will be followed by tours of adult and youth correctional institutions (criminal record check required), scenario training, and a 400-hour placement. You’ll also take specialized courses related to corrections and learn from numerous guest speakers currently employed in the field who will share their tips, stories, and an outstanding breadth of knowledge.

You will develop interview, security, safety, case management, communications, facilitation, and therapeutic intervention skills and become prepared to develop constructive working relationships with hard-to-serve populations, persons at risk for being in conflict with the law, offenders in the community, and inmates in our institutions.

The final five weeks of the program will be spent on campus engaging in specialized training related to crisis intervention, self-defence, suicide, and mental health first aid.

Program Highlights
  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • 10-week placement (400 hours)

  • Tours of a local youth centre, a federal minimum and medium security prison, a super jail, and a mental health centre in semester one

  • Hands-on training in safety and security, interviewing, observation, and reporting writing in the College’s scenario room that features three cells

  • Guest speakers from federal, provincial, and community corrections

  • Faculty with over 30 years of field experience in federal and provincial adult corrections and youth justice

  • Specialized training in emerging issues and certification for:

    • Self-defense training

    • Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI)

    • Suicide intervention (ASIST)

    • Mental Health First Aid


This program includes a 10-week placement experience in the final semester where students are involved in an unpaid fieldwork experience for 350-400 hours. Where possible, the location of placement will correspond to the student's preferred choice of vocation. Field placement is restricted to students who have successfully completed or are completing all required courses.

4D Learning Opportunities

Cambrian College Criminal Justice Association (CCCJA) – Students who are members of this association are involved in school and community events that help develop their résumés, gain leadership skills, and add develop community contacts.

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How to Apply

Law and Justice

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


  • Any law class

  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

Graduates of Police Foundations Programs are eligible to complete the program in a compressed schedule using transferable credits. Students can successfully meet the requirements within one year while still gaining a placement experience of 350 hours. Please consult The Enrollment Centre for the exact tuition fees for this option as it can result in additional fees.

All students are required to produce a criminal records check for vulnerable sectors to attend institutional tours and participate in select volunteer experiences. It is strongly recommended that students obtain this prior to registration. An additional criminal reference check is required for fourth semester placement where some placements will require an enhanced criminal records check that may take between six to eight weeks. Placements may also require Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and/or proof of immunization.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
CWP 1210Penology 3
CWP 2310Community Corrections 3
ENG 1002College Communications 3
LAW 1010Canadian Criminal Justice 3
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I 3
The following General Education course:  3
Physical Fitness And Wellness I 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Dementia 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Intro to Powwow Culture 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
CWP 1002Youth Justice 3
CWP 1211Law For Correctional Workers 3
CWP 2311Program Assessment Planning 3
ENG 1126Commun. Skills/Justice Students I 3
PSY 1106Interpersonal Tactical Response 3
SOC 1205Social Issues/Social Welfare in CA 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Dementia 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Truth Reconciliation Pt 1 3
Intro to Powwow Culture 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
CWP 1003Field Seminar I 2
CWP 1004Special Populations in Correct 3
CWP 2340Int., Counsel., Case Mgt. 3
CWP 2350Safety Security 3
CWP 2450Observation and Report Writing 3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Addictions 3
SOC 1210Introduction To Criminology 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 4
CWP 2471Field Placement 10
CWP 1005Field Placement Seminar II 8
 Term Credits: 18
 Total Credits: 80
Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,100. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Federal and provincial correctional institutions

  • Open and secure custody settings for youth

  • Residences for adult offenders (halfway houses, treatment centres) 

  • Residences for youth who are in conflict with the law (group homes)

  • Federal and provincial government ministries – Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Corrections Services Canada, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

  • Private and non-profit community organizations

Graduates may also work with people who are at risk of being in conflict with the law and in community-based justice services and/or victim-oriented programs.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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