Diploma in Protection, Security and Investigation Conestoga College
The Protection, Security and Investigation program at Conestoga College is a two-year integrated learning experience designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to excel in the field of protection, security, and investigation.
The program covers a range of topics, including courses that provide an understanding of how society and institutions work, and the skills required to enter the field. Graduates of the program may also qualify for a Provincial Security Guard License and Private Investigator License.
The program is delivered over four consecutive semesters, with an accelerated completion option available through the January intake. Students will gain hands-on experience through dynamic simulations and a range of investigation tactics, including physical surveillance and technology-enhanced practices.
Scholarships and Funding
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
- College Reading & Writing Skills COMM1085
- Conestoga 101 CON0101
- Canadian Criminal Justice System LAW1060
- Criminology LAW1210
- Careers in Protection Security Investigation LAW1635
- Civil Law and Private Security PLCE1060
- Security Guard Fundamentals SECU1090
- Working with Complex Populations COMM1775
- Applied Ethics ETHS1000
- Powers, Authorities and Liabilities LAW1140
- Tactical Practices in Private Security PLCE1070
- Emergency Management PLCE1080
- Conflict Management PLCE2080
- Interviewing in Private Investigation LAW2000
- Applied Communications in Law Enforcement LAW2070
- Evidence in Private Investigation LAW2240
- Introduction to Cyber Security LAW2295
- Crime Prevention and Risk Management LAW2420
- Safety and Accident Prevention LAW2430
- Wellness and the Professional HEAL1375
- Security Systems LAW2210
- Event Management Security LAW2270
- Surveillance PLCE2190
- Private Investigation Case Management PLCE2200
- Advanced Investigation Techniques PLCE2210
- Work in compliance with established standards and relevant legislation in the protection, security and investigation fields.
- Make decisions in a timely, effective and legally defensible manner to uphold protection and security.
- Carry out delegated duties and responsibilities in compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
- Act equitably and justly with diverse populations.
- Work effectively as a member of a protection and security team.
- Prevent and resolve crisis, conflict and emergency situations by applying effective techniques.
- Conduct and/or contribute to investigations by collecting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence.
- Monitor, evaluate and accurately document behaviours, situations and events.
- Develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development.
Program Tuition Fee
Graduates find employment in the following areas: public law enforcement (e.g., policing, special constable, bylaw, environmental enforcement, conservations officer, etc.) and private security; private and insurance investigations government; industrial and retail security; Canadian Border Services; Revenue Canada; corrections; process serving. .
On average, 93% of graduates from the last three years (2018 to 2020) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website