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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

In this program, you'll learn the fundamentals of criminology, sociology, psychology, and the criminal justice system which will ultimately prepare you for wide-ranging career paths including policing, private security, and the Canadian Forces.

Please note: A criminal record can be a serious impediment to employment in this particular field. Many law and security employers insist on a clean criminal record.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Hands-on training in the College’s scenario room

  • Field trips to various venues to see protection and security systems first-hand

  • Fast-track options to complete other Cambrian Justice programs when you graduate

4D Learning Opportunities

Cambrian College Community Justice Association (CCCJA) – Join this volunteer, student-run organization and get hands-on experience working for various community and organizations while making valuable industry connections.

Additional Information

During your studies, you may obtain the following additional certifications:

  • Emergency First Aid and CPR level A certificates

  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certificate

  • Suicide Intervention Certificate

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Basic Emergency Management

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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)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications 3
SEC 1001Note Taking and Report Writing 3
SEC 1004Private Investigating and Specialized Services 3
SEC 1200Security Communities 3
SEC 2322Security Guard Private Inv. Duties 3
SEC 2410Security Guard: Powers of Arrest 3
The following General Education course:  3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
LAW 1105Ethics Diversity Issues 3
PSY 1106Interpersonal Tactical Response 3
SEC 1205Investigations and Evidence 3
SEC 1002Personal Safety Techniques 3
SEC 2400Conflict Management 3
SEC 2421Security Management 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Truth and Reconciliation 3
Dementia 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
FIT 1500Physical Fitness And Wellness I 3
LAW 1010Canadian Criminal Justice 3
PFP 1065Community Policing I 2
POL 1500Canadian Political Studies 3
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I 3
SOC 1000Introduction To Sociology 3
SOC 1210Introduction To Criminology 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Truth and Reconciliation 3
Dementia 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
ENG 1126Commun. Skills/Justice Students I 3
FIT 1501Physical Fitness Wellness II 2
LAW 3050Youth In Conflict With Law 3
PFP 3010Criminal And Civil Law 3
PFP 4010Provincial Offences 3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Addictions 3
 Term Credits: 17
 Total Credits: 82


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 $1,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Option

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with:

  • Graduates may find employment with:

  • Security guard or private investigation firms

  • Public police services (such as the Ontario Provincial Police)

  • Canada Customs

  • Various provincial ministries and the Canadian Forces

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior 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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