Holland College | Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer

Start Date: August
Length: 24 Weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Credential: Certificate, Correctional Officer
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status
  • 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.Find out more about Criminal Record Checks
  • Successful completion of a full background check. Please download and complete the Consent to Criminal Record and Background Check Form (This form is a PDF and will open in a new window.)
  • 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 Assessment Form (This is form is a PDF and will open in a new window.)
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (This form is a PDF and will open in a new window) (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


  • If you are accepted to this program, you can book your immunizations and medical assessment through our Health Clinic. To book an appointment, please email npclinic@hollandcollege.com or call 902-566-9392. You will need your health card and your vaccination record. 
  • A Child Abuse Registry Search must also be completed in advance for cadets planning to complete their on-the-job training in Nova Scotia.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2022-2023. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees First Year
Tuition $ 7,815
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Books $ 550
Lab Fee $ 300
Uniform $ 1,550
Body Armour (Lease) $ 610
Dry Cleaning $ 110
CPKN Course $ 165
Accommodations/Meals $ 5,911
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 17,703
1stinstallment due August 22 $ 14,457
2ndinstallment due November 15 $ 3,246
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

Please note: You must be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian permanent resident status to apply for this program.

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, use control tactics appropriately, and how to use Taser and other control devices. You will study 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.

The program also includes practice on a driving course and the use of force/control skills, as well as communications and mental health training. You will receive crisis intervention training and earn a de-escalation certification. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology, and law.

As part of the Corrections Officer program, all cadets participate in on-the-job training at provincial or federal correctional facilities in Atlantic Canada. This real life experience offers students the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired and prepares them for a career in corrections.

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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