Protection, Security and Investigation We connect students to extraordinary learning experiences that inspire innovation and prepare our graduates for life and career success.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Orillia

Program description

Students develop knowledge and skills demanded by the rapidly evolving safety and security industry. Areas of study include investigative techniques, defensive skills and use of force theory, security procedures, crisis intervention, emergency management and cyber security.

During a common first year with the Police Foundations and Community and Justice Services programs, students are provided with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada, and they have the opportunity to transfer between these programs after the first year. Second-year students develop the specialized knowledge and skills demanded by today''s security and investigation industry.

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Transfer options

A common first year with the Community and Justice Services and Police Foundations programs provides students with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada and also allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study and possibly receive all three credential in four years.

Graduating students may also have the opportunity to further their studies at the degree level and may receive up to two years of advanced standing (see Diploma to degree pathways) toward our unique four-year Bachelor of Human Services - Police Studies degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment in government organizations, corporate and industrial security agencies, the armed forces, police services, hotels, casinos and retail establishments or be self-employed in the security industry.

Graduates are eligible to write the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services examinations which are mandatory for private investigators and security guards in Ontario. Under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act 2005, only candidates who pass the examinations are allowed to apply for a private investigator and/or security guard license.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

Students are required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.


Mandatory courses

  • FITN 1014 - Fitness and Wellness 1 (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1005 - Introduction to Security Skills (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1017 - Canadian Criminal Justice (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1018 - Government in Canadian Society (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1019 - Diversity Awareness (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1015 - Fitness and Wellness 2 (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1020 - Introduction to Criminal Law (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1021 - Public Safety and Emergency Management (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1022 - Interviewing and Documentation (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 1000 - Introduction to Private Investigator (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2048 - Mental Health in the Workplace (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2004 - Security Applications (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2005 - Investigation Process (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2006 - Professional Resource Development (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2007 - Border Services and Immigration (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2049 - Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2008 - Private Policing and Enforcement (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2009 - Advanced Security Technology and Techniques (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2010 - Municipal Law Enforcement (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2011 - Security Management and Leadership (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PSIN 2012 - Cyber Security (Semester 4 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 3)