Police Foundations - 218 - 258

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Gain the theoretical knowledge and essential practical application skills required for a rewarding career in Policing or Criminal Justice.

Program Highlights

  • Follow guidelines set by the Ministry of the Solicitor General for the Province of Ontario
  • Upon completion of a common first year, you may choose to transfer into second year of one of the following programs:
  • Acquire use of force knowledge, skills and abilities including tactical communication

  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms. Applicants are advised that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to participating in a co-op placement.

  • Develop health, wellness, fitness and stress reduction skills relevant to emergency service careers
  • Focus on physical fitness, training and wellness planning in order to prepare the applicant for the fitness requirements for various careers in law enforcement.

What you'll learn

  • Develop skills and abilities required for a career in law enforcement
  • Criminal, Civil and Provincial Laws
  • Ethics and Diversity in Policing
  • Principles of evidence
  • Explore police powers and related legislation
  • Interviewing and Investigation skills

Program Length

2 academic years (each year consists of two semesters of four months each)

Fast Track - Allows students to complete a 2-year diploma in 16 months (non co-op). Students begin the program in January and continue throughout the summer (four continuous semesters)

Co-op Option - optional after semester 1
*Co-op is not an option for students in the fast track program

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Domestic and International student admission requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Police Foundations Diploma program for Fall and Winter intakes

Program follows guidelines set by the Ministry of the Solicitor General for the Province of Ontario.

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Law courses recommended
  • Additional selection criteria may apply (see below)

Applicants should note that:

  • Some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards, driving abstracts and health standards, including vision, must be met
  • A Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC) (pardons are possible, seek legal counsel) and additional selection criteria may be used to assess applicants in this program
  • Applicants should be advised that employers require a criminal records check (PCRC)
  • Ideal for Pre-Justice graduates
  • Applicants receive training in the first year towards a goal at being able to successfully complete the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police). Students must be able to pass this requirement to graduate from program at the end of second year.
  • Applicants are advised that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to participating in a co-op placement and that it is their responsibility to ensure the requirements are met
  • Must be able to take part in fitness courses throughout the four semesters of the program
  • Students are required to successfully complete an aptitude test designed for policing careers and a written assessment to graduate

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Tuition and Fees

2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $846.45 $727.48
Co-op Fees N/A $505.65
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$2,200.49 $2,081.52
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$2,200.49 $2,587.17
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,282.01
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,787.66

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,255.00 $8,255.00
Co-op Fees N/A $505.65
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$8,705.00 $8,630.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,705.00 $9,135.65
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $17,335.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $17,840.65

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning  

Co-op Format

September to December January to April May to August
Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Semester 3 Work Term 1 (Co-op) Work Term 2 (Co-op)
Work Term 3 (Co-op) Semester 4  

Learn more about Police Foundations

Co-op Delivery and Fees

This program has an optional co-op, as part of the program of study. The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.

Driver's License and Vehicle

Please note that many of co-op positions for this program require that students have a valid driver’s license ('G' class preferred) and access to a vehicle.

Work Term Capabilities

(Which do not reflect individual work experiences & exposures)

  • Application of Criminal Code of Canada and Provincial Statutes
  • Criminal and Civil Law Authorities
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Arrest authorities of a Peace Officer and civilian
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Basic use of force training
  • Traffic management
  • Youth federal legislation (Youth Criminal Justice Act) and education training
  • Investigation and evidence gathering
  • Interviewing and reporting skills
  • Communication techniques to Written Communication Test (WCT) standards
  • Ethics, powers and authority in the enforcement field
  • Diversity and First Nations
  • Conflict management and resolution, non-violent crisis intervention
  • Social and psychological awareness to issues in policing
  • Physical fitness training and wellness planning to Physical Readiness Evaluation standards
  • Law Enforcement Industry Trends, course allows students to individually select industry recognized certifications and
Co-op Pay Range Co-op Pay Average
Range: $15.00 - $23.25 Average: $18.50

For further information, please contact:

Trent Jarvis, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2171
Email: Trent.Jarvis [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Trent Jarvis)

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities



Your future career options

  • Police Officers
  • Special Constable
  • Communications or 911 Dispatcher
  • Traffic Safety Enforcement Officer
  • Court Escort Officer or Prisoner Escort Officer
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer
  • Forensics Officer or Crime Scene Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Canine Response Team
  • Youth Justice
  • Addictions
  • Federal and Provincial Corrections
  • Canada Border Services Officers

Where you could work includes:

  • Municipal, Provincial, Federal and Indigenous police services
  • Private and University police services
  • Private organizations
  • Government agencies and ministries
  • Correctional Facilities

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

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Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2022
Jan 2023
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