Correctional Officer

Start Date: September
Length: 24 Weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Credential: Certificate, Correctional Officer
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level

  • Must be 19 years of age by program start date

  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt.

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status

  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license)

  • Completion of an APA Medical Form

  • Three letters of reference, not from family members

  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form PDF or MS Word. Required after acceptance

  • Certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (must be valid for the duration of the program)

  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: A Child Abuse Registry Search must also be completed in advance for cadets planning to complete their on the job training in Nova Scotia.

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees First Year
Tuition $ 7,221
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410
Books $ 600
Lab Fee $ 300
Uniform $ 1,350
Body Armour $ 1,400
Dry Cleaning $ 20
CPKN Course $ 70
Accommodations/Meals $ 6,214
Graduation Fee $ 90
Total $ 17,843
1stinstallment due upon registration $ 14,835
2ndinstallment due Dec.3, 2018 $ 3,008
Additional requirements/expenses  
1 pair black shine-able shoes – Military or Police Style


2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie. (no button down collars)

1 pair of black dress pants

1 pair quality running shoes

3 pairs black socks

1 black tie – plain, single color/no patterns (clip on preferred)

Towels and personal toiletry articles varies
1 alarm clock or clock radio $ 20
1 mouth guard piece varies

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Federal & provincial correctional facilities

Program Overview

The primary responsibility of a correctional officer is to monitor, supervise and interact with incarcerated offenders and prepare them to become law-abiding citizens after serving their sentences. You will learn the skills you need to ensure the safety and well-being of inmates, yourself and your colleagues.

Learn how to supervise inmate movement; appropriate use of control tactics, Taser and other control devices; the principles of human relations, sociology and psychology; communications techniques, including how to brief visitors and criminal justice professionals entering the institution; extracting inmates from cells and conducting security checks; how to conduct safety equipment checks, and how to draft daily logs and reports.

You will receive crisis intervention training and earn a de-escalation certification.

As part of the Corrections Officer program, all cadets undergo on the job training at provincial or federal correctional facilities throughout Atlantic Canada. This real-life experience offers students the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge and it plays an integral role in preparing them for a career in corrections.

The program also includes practice on a driving course and use of force/control skills, as well as communication and mental health training. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology, and law.

Students in the Correctional Officer program are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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