Protection, Security and Investigation - 293 - 294

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Learn and develop the essential and helpful skills, knowledge, methods and behaviours for success in the diverse professional career options that graduates of the Protection, Security and Investigation program have.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from protection, security and investigation professionals in an integrated learning environment.
  • Career strengthening courses in year 2 offer individual student choice of industry workshops, seminars and/or obtain certificates and licenses while guided and supported by Professors.
  • Upon completion of a common first year, you may choose to transfer into second year of one of the following programs:

What you'll learn

  • Understand criminal and civil laws involved in the protection of people and properties.
  • Development of skills required in protection, security, and investigations careers in dynamic learning environments.
  • Explore techniques and challenges in physical security environments in various emergency and criminal scenarios.
  • Introduce technologies used in cybercrime investigations.
  • Understand and complete the steps to professionally participate in investigations including report writing, interviewing and evidence collection.
  • Develop health, wellness, 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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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.

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 $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
$2,200.49 $2,081.52
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$2,200.49 $2,604.02
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,282.01
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,804.51

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 $522.50
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester
without Co-op
$8,705.00 $8,630.00
Total International Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,705.00 $9,152.50
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $17,335.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $17,857.50

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

  • 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 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

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)

  • 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 Behaviour Management, Safety, and De-escalation 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 Pay Range Co-op Pay Average
Range: $15.50 - $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)

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

  • Investigator
    • Insurance
    • Organized Crime
    • Fraud
    • Private
  • Physical Security Professional
  • Law enforcement
    • Environmental
    • Conservation
    • Bylaw
    • (Special) Police Constable
  • Canadian Border Services Officer
  • Armored Guard
  • Corporate Protection Professional
  • Provincial Corrections
  • Loss Prevention Professional
  • Court Officer
  • Legal Process Serving
  • Airport Security Protection

Where you could work includes:

  • Private investigation companies
  • Security protection companies
  • Government divisions and regulated areas:
    • Corrections facilities
    • Financial Institutions
    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Airport protection
    • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Corporations
  • Private k-9 protection services
  • City bylaw and municipalities

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 for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Program Coordinator

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Amy Jantz

Department of Social Services and Justice Studies


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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

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Jan 2023
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