Holland College | Police Science (Cadet)

Police Science (Cadet)

Start Date: December
Length: 36 Weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Distance Learning
Credential: Certificate, Police Constable
  • 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
  • Completion of an APA Medical Assessment Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Successful completion of Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation Test (PARE)
  • Completion of Vision Examination form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) unrestricted driver’s license
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. Find out more about Criminal Record Checks
  • Copy of Credit Record Check (Through Equifax: 1-800-465-7166)
  • 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.
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window) (required after acceptance)
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Successful completion of the Police Officer Selection Test (POST), the Police Science Test (PST), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). The applicant is responsible for this cost. Testing for applicants from the Maritimes is held in PEI. This test will be arranged by Holland College Admissions.
  • Successful completion of polygraph interview – to be arranged by Holland College Admissions.
  • 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
  • Drivers Abstract (can be obtained from your provincial motor vehicle department, and must be within the last year with no moving violations)
  • Applicants for the January 2022 intake must complete the APA Police Science (Cadet) Additional Information Form as part of the application process (the form is a PDF and will open in a new window).


  • 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. 
  • Keep copies of all documents for your personal records. For more application information, see Police Memo 2021. (This is a PDF and will open in a new window.)


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.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 19,674
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Books $ 600
Uniform $ 1,700
Dry Cleaning $ 120
Body Armour (Lease) $ 610
Accommodations/Meal Plan $ 7,875
Additional Courses $ 350
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 31,621
1stinstallment due December 5 $ 23,751
2nd installment due May 2 $ 7,870

Cadets will be informed of additional equipment requirements in their entrance packages.

This program prepares graduates to work in police agencies as police constables and in other related fields of law enforcement and security.


Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

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

The Police Science (Cadet) program blends academic and tactical training to ensure that you have the confidence and skills needed to keep yourself and your community safe. The program blends real-life situations and simulations to prepare you for the law enforcement profession. You will practice on a driving course and gun range, learn use of force and control skills, develop criminal investigation techniques, and receive communications and mental health training. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology and law.

Police Science cadets begin the program through distance education, but are required to stay in the Atlantic Police Academy residence when they begin the face-to-face part of their training in January, and to live in residence for the rest of the program, except when they are completing their on-the-job training.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police now accepts graduates from the Atlantic Police Academy’s Police Science (Cadet) program. To join the RCMP, graduates must pass a medical examination, obtain an RCMP Security Clearance and pass an interview. Before their first posting as an RCMP officer, they will participate in a short training course instead of taking the force’s 26-week course.

This program also has degree pathways - agreements that give you credit for your training when you are pursuing a degree. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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