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Protection, Security and Investigation

PSIPSchool of Public Safety

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Bradie Granger

Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Public Safety

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705-566-8101 ext.6435
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Program Overview

Keep the peace by learning the basics of protection and security

Build a strong foundation of the fundamentals in criminology, sociology, psychology, and the criminal justice system to prepare for wide-ranging career paths wherever security teams are needed, including emergency services, policing, private security, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) Forces. 
Beginning in the first semester, you’ll get real-world exposure through field trips to witness security and protection systems in action. To complement your theoretical knowledge, you’ll undertake safe, hands-on training in our on-campus scenario room to practice different techniques and skills.  

After semester 1, you will be eligible to earn your Security Guard License, and semester 2, you’ll be able to earn your Private Investigator License. When you graduate, you can pursue your career or have fast-track options to complete other Cambrian Justice programs. 

Please note: A criminal record can be a serious impediment to employment in this particular field. Many law and security employers insist on a clean criminal record. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Hands-on training in on-campus Justice Lab 
  • Field trips and tours to visit protection and security systems and organizations 
  • Placement in semester 4 
  • Able to earn your Ontario Security Guard license after semester 1 (4 months) and Ontario Private Investigators license after semester 2 (8 months) 
  • Opportunities to volunteer and work with community partners 
  • Networking opportunities with potential employers 
  • Option to earn a second diploma in another public safety program in just 1 year when you graduate 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admissions requirement


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications3
SEC 1001Note Taking and Report Writing3
SEC 1004Private Investigating and Specialized Services3
SEC 2322Security Guard Private Inv. Duties3
SEC 4000Career Options3
SEC 2410Security Guard: Powers of Arrest3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 2
LAW 1105Ethics & Diversity Issues3
PSY 1106Tactical Communication3
SEC 1205Investigations and Evidence3
SEC 1002Personal Safety Techniques3
SEC 2400Crisis Deescalation3
SEC 2421Security Management3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 3
LAW 1010Canadian Criminal Justice3
FIT 1510Physical Fitness and Wellness2
PFP 1065Community Policing I2
POL 1500Canadian Political Studies3
SOC 1000Introduction To Sociology3
SEC 2323Placement Seminar3
SOC 1210Introduction To Criminology3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 4
ENG 1126Commun. Skills/Justice Students I3
FIT 1501Physical Fitness & Wellness II2
LAW 3050Youth In Conflict With Law3
PFP 3010Criminal And Civil Law3
PFP 4010Provincial Offences3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions3
SEC 2324Security and Communities2
 Total Credits83

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$4,109.87Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,721.90Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Public Safety

Commit to serve and protect by joining Cambrian’s School of Public Safety. Taught by seasoned veterans, you’ll get the training and credentials you need to become a powerful force for good. From enforcement and protection to rehabilitation and reintegration, our immersive programs focus on upholding human rights, protecting marginalized groups, and ensuring the safety and security of property and community.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities with:

  • Security guard or private investigation firms
  • Public police services (such as the Ontario Provincial Police)
  • Canada Customs
  • Various Governmental Agencies
  • Canadian Armed Forces
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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