Protection, Security and Investigation - 293 - 294

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that protection, security, and investigation employers expect.

Program Highlights

What you'll learn

  • Develop health, wellness, fitness and stress reduction skills relevant to emergency service careers.
  • Understand the steps to begin, manage and conclude private sector investigations.
  • Explore technologies used to address security issues such as cybercrime.
  • Skills to resolve interpersonal conflict.
  • Complete the training curriculum to write the provincial private investigator and/or private security test to apply for one/both licences.

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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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63 $635.86
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
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
$2,163.10 $2,034.33
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$2,163.10 $2,556.83
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,197.43
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,719.93

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

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,490.57 $7,550.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
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
$8,045.00 $7,970.00
Total International Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,045.00 $8,492.50
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $16,015.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $16,537.50

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


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

Option 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

Salary Range

  Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Range $14.00 - $19.08 $14.00 - $19.08 $14.00 - $19.08
Average $16.08 $16.08 $16.08

For further information, please contact:

Trent Jarvis, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2171
Fax: 905-575-2359
Email: Trent.Jarvis [at] (Trent Jarvis)



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Municipal, provincial, and federal enforcement, inspection, and investigations
  • Security professional
  • Private investigator
  • Armoured car security Information technology (IT) security
  • Physical/electronic security Border Services Officer
  • Risk analyst and security management
  • Provincial or federal corrections Bylaw enforcement or special constable
  • Some employment opportunities require a Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC), meeting certain physical and health standards including vision, and/or a driving abstract.

Where you could work includes:

  • Police services
  • Private investigation and/or private security
  • Correctional institutions
  • Financial institutions or insurance companies
  • Canada Border Service Agency
  • Corporate security and investigations
  • Airports, gambling, recreation and amusement facilities
  • Retail Loss Prevention
  • University & College Campus security

Opportunities for grads

  • ASIS International
  • Council of Professional Investigators Ontario
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)
  • Certifications in protection, physical security and/or investigations

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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 Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) 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.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
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Contact Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
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
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.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinator

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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 2019
Jan 2020

International Students

Co-op option