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 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

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

Fees for the academic year 2021/2022. 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 $ 8,358
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Books $ 500
Lab Fee $ 300
Uniform $ 1,350
Body Armour (Lease) $ 600
Dry Cleaning $ 105
CPKN Courses $ 350
Meals and accommodations $ 5,365
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 17,616
1stinstallment due August 23 $ 14,153
2ndinstallment due November 15 $ 3,463

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

Graduates of this program may find employment with:

  • Sheriff
  • Public safety officer
  • Municipal peace officer
  • Highway safety
  • University policing
  • Bylaw enforcement
  • Armored car
  • 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 law enforcement and security. You will receive practical driving and firearms training, and learn the national use of force framework and hands-on control tactics, and you will undergo communications and mental health training. 

As part of the Sheriff and Public Safety Officer program, all cadets participate in on-the-job training at various security facilities throughout Atlantic Canada. This real-life experience provides students with the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge, and gives them the fundamental skills needed to pursue a career in policing or corrections.

Sheriff and Public Safety Officer cadets 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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