Holland College | Sheriff and Public Safety Officer

Sheriff and Public Safety Officer

Start Date: August
Length: 24 Weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Credential: Certificate, Sheriff and Public Safety 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
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license). International students require a valid and current international driver’s license
  • 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 is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Completion of an APA Medical Assesment Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Successful completion of 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.
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (must be valid for the duration of the program)
  • Successful completion of Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation Test (PARE)
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window) (required after acceptance)
  • 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. 

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 1st Year
Tuition $ 8,525
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Books $ 350
Lab Fee $ 300
Uniform $ 1,550
Body Armour (Lease) $ 610
Dry Cleaning $ 110
CPKN Courses $ 400
Meals and accommodations $ 5,911
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 18,448
1stinstallment due August 22 $ 14,918
2ndinstallment due November 15 $ 3,530

Additional requirements/expenses

1 pair black polishable 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
  • Sheriff deputy
  • Private security
  • Airport policing
  • Municipal and provincial public safety officer
  • Highway safety enforcement units
  • University policing
  • By-law enforcement
  • Armoured car service
  • Cell block security

Program Overview

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

Learn the skills required to be successful in many different careers related to public safety, law enforcement, and security. Cadets will receive the following training: driving and vehicle operations, including highway radar (moving and stationary); certified firearms training provided to the same standard as many police agencies; the National Use of Force Framework and hands-on defensive control tactics; physical fitness training that emphasizes lifelong fitness habits; and communications and mental health training to prepare cadets to interact with people and to build their own mental resilience in these challenging fields of work.

As part of the Sheriff and Public Safety Officer program, all cadets participate in on-the-job training at various sheriff offices, courthouses and secure facilities throughout Atlantic Canada. Depending on their placement, they may also perform commercial vehicle traffic enforcement. This real-life experience provides cadets with the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge and develop the fundamentals needed to pursue a variety of careers, including sheriff, provincial and municipal public safety officer, security officer, armored vehicle officer and correctional officer.

Sheriff and Public Safety Officer cadets are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except during on-the-job training.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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