Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

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

  • Practical Scenarios on Campus

  • Field work / 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 provides program related opportunities for students to volunteer and work with community partners, to take part in community-based initiatives and gain work-related experience while networking with potential employers.

Additional Information

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

  • Emergency First Aid and CPR Level A Certificate

  • Safe Talk Certificate

  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) Certificate

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certificate

  • Accessible Customer Service for Emergency Responders Certificate

  • Incident Management System 100 Certificate

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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) or (U)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

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

Program of Study for 2023-24 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
SEC 1001 Note Taking and Report Writing 3
SEC 1004 Private Investigating and Specialized Services 3
SEC 1200 Security & Communities 3
SEC 2322 Security Guard Private Inv. Duties 3
SEC 2410 Security Guard: Powers of Arrest 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
LAW 1105 Ethics & Diversity Issues 3
PSY 1106 Tactical Communication 3
SEC 1205 Investigations and Evidence 3
SEC 1002 Personal Safety Techniques 3
SEC 2400 Conflict Management 3
SEC 2421 Security Management 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
LAW 1010 Canadian Criminal Justice 3
FIT 1510 Physical Fitness and Wellness 2
PFP 1065 Community Policing I 2
POL 1500 Canadian Political Studies 3
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
SOC 1000 Introduction To Sociology 3
SOC 1210 Introduction To Criminology 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
ENG 1126 Commun. Skills/Justice Students I 3
FIT 1501 Physical Fitness & Wellness II 2
LAW 3050 Youth In Conflict With Law 3
PFP 3010 Criminal And Civil Law 3
PFP 4010 Provincial Offences 3
PSY 1003 Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions 3
 Total Credits81

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


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 total cost of books in the program is approximately $1,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities with:

  • Security guard or private investigation firms
  • Public police services (such as the Ontario Provincial Police)
  • Canada Customs
  • Various Governmental Agencies
  • Canadian Armed 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.