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Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Develop industry leading knowledge, skills, methods and behaviours that are required in the dynamic career path of Protection, Security and Investigation.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from protection, security and investigation industry professionals.
  • Participate in industry workshops, seminars and/or obtain certificates and licenses specific to your own career goals to prepare for employment.

What you'll learn

  • Complete the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services required curriculum to become eligibility to write the security guard test and apply for licensing. (Optional provincial private investigator curriculum and test eligibility also offered).
  • Explore techniques relevant to physical and cyber security risks and challenges.
  • Understand the steps in various forms of investigations.
  • Develop health, fitness and stress reduction skills relevant to emergency service careers.

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 will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

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 $522.50
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 $2,588.59
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,251.15
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,773.65

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 $522.50
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester
without Co-op
$8,545.00 $8,470.00
Total International Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,545.00 $8,992.50
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $17,015.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $17,537.50

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Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Law courses recommended
  • A Police Records Check (PCRC) (pardons are possible, seek legal counsel) and additional selection criteria may be used to assess applicants in this program
  • Additional selection criteria may apply
  • Some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards, driving abstracts and health standards, including vision, must be met
  • Applicants should be advised that employers require a criminal record check (PCRC)
  • 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

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

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

  • Through practical labs and simulation, workshops, seminars and industry training.
  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.

  • 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 Protection, Security and Investigation

Work Term Capabilities

(which do not reflect individual work experiences & exposures)

  • Basic knowledge of Criminal Code of Canada and Provincial Statutes
  • Criminal and Civil Law
  • Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Canadian court and justice systems
  • Federal and Provincial Correctional System
  • Arrest authorities in private and corporate security; government security
  • Emergency management theory
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Basic use of force training
  • Investigation and surveillance principles, techniques, procedures, evidence gathering and reporting, policy design and management
  • Electronic security
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Group dynamics, social and psychological awareness in public and private security
  • Diversity and First Nations
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Physical fitness training and wellness planning
  • Understanding of CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) purpose and core function
  • Preparatory studies for external accreditation of licensing requirements exam
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] (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 program are eligible to enroll into the Protection, Security and Investigation program: 

Graduates from the Protection, Security and Investigation program are eligible to enroll into the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs:



  • Earn a degree:
    • Griffith University - Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

  • Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
  • See ONTransfer 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

  • Private Investigator
  • Physical Security Professional
  • Canadian Border Services Officer 
  • Armored Guard 
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Provincial Corrections 
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer
  • Special Constable

Where you could work includes:

  • Private investigation companies
  • Security companies
  • Government offices
  • Corporations
  • City bylaw and municipalities

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.

Program Coordinator

Headshot of Amy Jantz

Amy Jantz

Department of Social Services and Justice Studies


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Phone: 1-905-575-2254
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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Headshot of Amy Jantz

Amy Jantz

Department of Social Services and Justice Studies

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
Jan 2022

International Students

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