Police Foundations - 218 - 258

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Turn your passion for law enforcement into a career protecting the public.

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:
  • Focus on physical fitness and well-being will prepare you for the fitness testing required for a career in law enforcement.

  • Acquire use of force knowledge, skills and abilities including tactical communication.

  • Receive physical fitness training and wellness planning, standards of the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. Students must be able to pass this requirement to graduate at the end of second year.

  • 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.

What you'll learn

  • Develop skills and abilities required for a career in law enforcement.
  • Criminal, Civil and Provincial laws.
  • Evaluate ethical reasoning and principles of evidence.
  • Explore police powers and related legislation.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

Fast Track - Allows students to complete a two-year diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students the program in January and continue for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Note - students attend classes during Spring/Summer and there is no co-op for fast track students. 

Co-op Option - Not available with Fast Track. Optional after semester one.

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Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.


Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $831.02 $712.05
Co-op Fees N/A $505.64
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$2,185.06 $2,066.09
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$2,185.06 $2,571.73
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,251.15
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,756.79

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

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,095.00 $8,095.00
Co-op Fees N/A $505.64
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$8,545.00 $8,470.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,545.00 $8,975.64
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $17,015.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $17,520.64

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


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.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Mohawk College is the only Canadian community college that employs simulated judgemental training systems both tactical and virtual in their scenario-based learning for Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigation, and Advanced Police Studies programs.
  • Collect, preserve, and present admissible evidence in Mohawk's Police Car Street Scape and Mock Trial Court Room simulations.
  • Gain practical hands-on lab experience, using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Work with an agency or organization to explore and solve an identified challenge/project.
  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Co-op Content

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

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 Rate  
Range: $14.00 - $20.00 Average: $17.00

For further information, please contact:

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




Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Diploma, and Ontario College Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into semester 3 of the Police Foundations program: 

Graduates from the Police Foundations program are eligible to enroll into the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs:


  • Earn a degree:

    • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance Law & Management
    • Griffith University - Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
  • See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Your future career options

  • Federal, Provincial or Municipal Police Officer
  • 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

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

Opportunities for grads

  • Law Enforcement Trends course allow students to individually select industry recognized certifications and training.
  • Academic specializations within the Police Foundations Diploma program include:

    • Advanced Standing from university possible
    • Degree completion available at Laurier University, Athabasca University, Fredericton University and internationally
    • Dual diploma opportunities within Justice and Wellness Studies program cluster
    • See: Advanced Police Studies Graduate Certificate for further studies upon graduation from Police Foundations.


Course Overview & Descriptions

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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.

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

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Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
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For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
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Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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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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Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Tracey Richardson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2021
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