Justice and Public Safety Professional Diploma
Program Recognized by the RCMP and Military Police
Our two year diploma program is recognized as an approved Diploma Program by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Our graduates will be exempt from writing the RCMP Entrance Exam (RPAB). Our two year diploma is completed full time in one year. This program is also recognized by the Military Police and meets their application requirements. You could begin your career a year sooner.
As a Justice and Public Safety Professional, you will have the opportunity to work in various career options that may require you to enter into an investigation, respond to non-emergency and emergency situations, enforce law and regulations and work with the community in problem-solving. Today’s Justice and Public Safety Professionals are expected to gather and record facts and prepare reports, and may be called upon to testify in a court to present evidence or act as a witness. A Justice and Public Safety Professional will be required to resolve conflicts, respond to and investigate complaints, settle disputes, or resolve grievances. Graduates may find employment in Public and Private Policing, Corrections, or Adult and Youth Justice. You will begin an exciting and rewarding career that has a growing demand throughout Canada. The starting salary for Justice and Public Safety Professionals can be up to $62,000 per year.
Opportunities in Justice and Public Safety may include but are not limited to the following positions:
- Municipal, Provincial and Federal Sworn Police Officer
- Provincial and Federal Fish & Wildlife Officer
- By-Law Enforcement and Animal Control Officer
- Crime Scene Analyst and Examiner
- Criminal Analyst
- Reserve and Regular Force Military Police Officer
- Animal Control Officer
- Occupational Health & Safety Inspector
- Canadian Border Services Agency Officer
- Child & Youth Worker
- Victim Services Specialist
- Immigration Officer
- Provincial & Federal Correctional Officer
- Probation & Parole Officer
- Private Security Officer and Investigator
- Social and Community Service Worker
- Commercial Vehicle and Transportation Officer
2015 – 2016: 85% Employment Rate
Columbia College’s Justice and Public Safety Professional Diploma Program offers you the opportunity to build a solid foundation of knowledge of Justice and Public Safety and yet specialize in the area of your interest. Specialization areas included are Law Enforcement, Corrections and Youth Justice. You choose the career path you are really interested in. We will help you plan your path to a successful career. This program is licensed by the Private Vocational Training Branch of the Alberta Government.
- Complete a 2 year diploma in 12 months. An accelerated program! Be out quickly and start earning a salary.
- 50 week program (12 months); 20 courses; 2 courses every 5 week semester; including a 250 hour practicum and 26 hours of in-class practicum workshops.
- The program consists of 5-week semesters and you will be enrolled in 2 courses at a time with 39 hours of course related activities.
- You will link theory and practice through a 250-hour practicum in your specific area of interest. This provides you with valuable hands-on experience in the field and greatly increases potential for employment.
- Career and Employment Support.
Employable Skills Directly Applicable to Criminal Justice Careers
As a result of your coursework, you will be equipped with a set of skills, specific to the subject matter, that prepare you for careers in the broad field of criminal justice. These skills include:
- General knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system and the study of criminology
- A thorough understanding of the criminal justice system, Canadian criminal courts, and Corrections
- An understanding of the central role that human rights play within the development and enforcement of criminal law
- Research skills; data collection; process and synthesize data and apply where relevant to challenges and issues facing the criminal justice professional
- Refined human relations skills that serve to accurately communicate information and resolve conflict effectively
- An application of the theories and methods of criminology and sociology
- An understanding of current community and predictive crime, punishment, and community development methods, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches
- Knowledge of the legal and avenues of response and problem-solving within the Mental Health Act of Alberta
- An understanding of the correctional process, and the strengths and weaknesses of retributive, treatment, and restorative justice models
The aim of our practicum placement is for you to gain experience and employment in your area of specialization. You will be required to complete 250 hours of practicum experience during Semesters 2-10. You will be attending 26 hours of in-class practicum workshops. This provides you with valuable practical, hands-on experience in the field and greatly increases potential for employment. You will benefit from the relationships Columbia College has built over time for placements where organizations value the maturity of our students and their knowledge and skills.
University Transfer Credit
Transfer opportunities may be available at a variety of degree granting institutions across Alberta, Canada, and the world. Transfer opportunities allow graduates to receive credit for some or all of their completed courses towards a bachelor degree.
Note: The institution you wish to transfer to makes the final determination on the transfer credits they will accept. Before commencing your studies at Columbia College, please consult with the institution you are planning on transferring to.
- Attend Columbia College’s College Skills for Success course and Program Orientation before the start of your program (hybrid of online activities and classroom seminars – expect a combined number of 30 hours to complete this Orientation component).
- Current Police Security Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Search (prior to starting the program)
- Child Intervention Check (in some circumstances, prior to starting the program)
- An Admission interview to determine suitability for the profession and possibility for success in the program.
Other Admission Considerations
- Do your academic skills need to be upgraded to meet admission entry requirements?
If your academic skills need to be improved in one or more areas, the student may be referred to Columbia College’s Academic Preparation – College Prep. See Continuing Education – Academic Preparation – College Prep.
- English Proficiency Requirement
For applicants whose first language is not English, please refer to the English Language Proficiency Requirements section.
- Are you working or have worked in this field?
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) recognizes this non-formal learning, and you may not need to take all the courses in this program. We will assess your experience in determining what courses you need to take to become certified. Read more in the PLAR Guidelines 2016 document.
- Do you have courses to transfer from another college or university?
If you have taken courses at another college or university, these courses may be transferable to this diploma program.
- There are no additional selection requirements. Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. A wait-list may be established. Columbia College reserves the right to grant or refuse admission to any applicant.
Course List and Descriptions
For a full list of courses and course descriptions for this program, please click here.
Columbia College’s tuition and general fees come into effect August 1 of each year.
For more information about tuition and the Columbia College Tuition chart, please see the Tuition and Fees page.
A student may incur additional fees that are not part of the tuition or the book fees for this program. These fees are an approximation.
Refund of Tuition Fees
Please refer to the Student Contract of Tuition form for details of tuition refund policy. This form is available from this program’s Student Admission Advisor.
May 22, 2017
September 5, 2017
How to Register
For details on applying or reapplying to this program, please refer to the Admissions page.
To graduate from the Justice and Public Safety Professional Diploma program students must successfully complete 20 Criminal Justice Professional courses, earn 60 credits, and achieve an overall minimum program average of 2.0.
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