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Program Details

  • Program Code:1250
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Police Foundations program is geared towards those who have an interest in police, security and investigation-related occupations in both the public and private sectors.

In this two-year joint diploma program, you'll take Police Foundations courses in the School of Community and Health Studies that will cover:

  • Current laws
  • Investigative techniques
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Criminal proceedings
  • Community policing principles
  • Physical fitness
  • Emergency Management and Public Safety

The time you'll spend in the Police Foundations courses will result in the ability to communicate efficiently, act as a problem-solver, work effectively in teams and help people in the community.

Program Highlights

  • The Police Foundations program will consist of intense training, equivalent to a paramilitary environment, which will help you to develop discipline and deportment.
  • Courses will be based on real-life experiences and case studies that incorporate a fundamental perspective on life.

Once you complete your Police Foundations courses, you'll be able to:

  • Document, prepare and assist in the presentation of court cases in compliance with criminal and provincial law, rules of evidence, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  • Assess the use of police powers;
  • Initiate, promote and facilitate partnerships to meet community policing and security needs;
  • Assess the relationship of policing services to other participants in the criminal justice system and other community service agencies;
  • Make sound decisions based on an evaluation of situations;
  • Cope with stress and optimize physical fitness and wellness;
  • Apply fundamental concepts of political science, law, and legislative policy making and public administration to the provision of police services;
  • Assess information-gathering skills used in basic investigative techniques;
  • Assess crisis intervention strategies;
  • Develop strategies to assist victims of crime.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

Upon completing their fourth semester, students will be able to take a case from investigation through presentation in Court.  Students will be able to think critically about social justice issues and the implications of their actions through IPE (Inter-professional education) experiences.  They will experience all components of the physical fitness tests currently used by police and military services while learning about the importance of personal fitness and life-long wellness..  They will understand how to deal with crisis situations involving the public or themselves.  Students will be prepared to engage in private or public sector policing, investigations and security.

Career Outlook

  • Police officer
  • Customs and excise officer
  • Security officer
  • Military police
  • Corrections officer
  • Private security officer (in loss prevention and corporate security)
  • Investigator

Education Pathways

Listed below are the credentials from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree
Algoma University Bachelor of Arts or Honours Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice
Bachelor of Arts or Honours Bachelor of Arts - Political Science
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting, Human Resources Management or Marketing
Bachelor of Science in multiple majors
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Commerce with major – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Management 3 year – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice
Brock University Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors
Carleton University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
Collège Boréal Police Foundation - 2 year

Conestoga College

Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice

Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business

Georgian College

Bachelor of Human Services - Police Studies

Griffith University Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 
Guelph-Humber, University of Honours Bachelors of Applied Science - Justice Studies (from Guelph) and a Diploma in Community and Justice Services (from Humber)

Humber College

Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Community Development
Lakehead University Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science - Criminology
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Sociology major
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice
Nipissing University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Ontario Tech University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and Police Studies (Bridge)
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Criminology and Justice (Bridge)
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Honours Bachelor of Crime & Intelligence Analysis
Trent University Honours Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science
Honours Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science Joint Major
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Forensic Science Joint Major
Windsor, University of Bachelor of Arts in Forensics - Applied Forensic Science Stream
Wilfrid Laurier University Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor Degree in any Arts major

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please visit ONCAT.

Educational Partners

Qualified Centennial College graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Police Foundations program's educational partners are:

  • Brock University
  • Conestoga College
  • Georgian College
  • Griffith University
  • Humber College
  • Laurentian University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Ontario Tech University

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,175.24 $3,896.24
International $15,385.50 $1,684.24 $17,069.74

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