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 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

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.

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

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees First Year
Tuition $ 7,512
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Books $ 600
Lab Fee $ 300
Uniform $ 1,350
Body Armour $ 600
Dry Cleaning $ 105
CPKN Course $ 115
Accommodations/Meals $ 5,500
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 16,770
1stinstallment due August 26 $ 13,645
2ndinstallment due Dec. 2, 2019 $ 3,125
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; 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.

The program also includes practice on a driving course and use of force/control skills, as well as communication 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 undergo 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 it plays an integral role in preparing 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.

Accelerated Correctional Officer Training Program

Islanders looking for a new career opportunity in correctional services will soon be able to take an accelerated and subsidized program at the Atlantic Police Academy in Slemon Park, Summerside. To apply for the accelerated program, visit this link on the Province of P.E.I. website.


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