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Protect your community on the front lines and behind the scenes

Protection, Security and Investigation Ontario College Diploma program

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

Program code PSIN
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Orillia

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Protection, Security and Investigation program?

Protection, Security and Investigation 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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/


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.

What career opportunities can I take in community safety and correctional services?

Your Protection, Security and Investigation diploma gives you many 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.

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Career options

Pursue a wide range of career choices, including:

  • Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • border services
  • intelligence assessment and analysis
  • municipal or provincial police
  • special constables
  • bylaw enforcement
  • private investigations
  • corporate security (government or private industry)
  • nuclear security
  • aviation, casino, hydro, retail or mining security
  • emergency management
  • international opportunities

Is the Protection, Security and Investigation program right for me?

Advanced training and education in a variety of areas

In this program, you’ll develop the ability to assess situations, apply critical thinking skills, and implement appropriate protective measures to save lives and protect property. Plus, you’ll gain the ability to identify threats, assess vulnerabilities, conduct investigations, and protect people and assets from harm using industry best practices and real-world cases studies.

Enhance your skillset

If any of the below skillsets interest you, the Protection, Security and Investigation program at Georgian is a good fit for you!

  • Conducting investigations
  • Detection deception
  • Eyewitness identification
  • Understanding terrorism, espionage and extremism
  • Intelligence 
  • Physical security planning
  • Leadership
  • Risk management
  • Emergency management
  • Cyber security
  • Frontline security
  • Crisis intervention
  • Mental health
  • Obtaining your security guard licence
  • Obtaining your private investigator licence


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.

What courses are included in the Protection, Security and Investigation diploma program?

Course overview

21 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Protection, Security and Investigation program outline.

  • FITN 1014 – Fitness and Wellness 1
  • LAWS 1005 – Introduction to Security Skills
  • LAWS 1017 – Canadian Criminal Justice
  • LAWS 1018 – Government in Canadian Society
  • LAWS 1019 – Diversity Awareness
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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