Criminal Investigative Techniques

Program: CINT
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Part-time - online
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 504 Hours
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Orillia


The field of security and public and private investigations is a growing one and law enforcement investigative methods and techniques have undergone significant changes in recent years. The demand for trained, professional investigators and security personnel is on the rise as both the private and public sector continue to improve their strategies to deal with safety and security challenges. This innovative and dynamic online certificate program is designed for those employed in the private and/or public sector and will increase student’s legal knowledge and investigative skills.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will possess additional knowledge in the investigation and security fields towards possible future career opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. identify and explain the essential components of preparing relevant investigative reports;
  2. examine the complex nature of white collar crime and identify the challenges that face law enforcement in dealing with both the crime and the criminals;
  3. describe the role of computers in committing criminal offences and the movement and storage of digital information on the internet;
  4. explain the criminal offences of Defamatory Libel, unauthorized use of a computer, and threatening;
  5. identify different types of evidence, including DNA, and their value to solving a crime;
  6. apply the proper method of managing a crime scene from arrival to the conclusion of the final investigation;
  7. explain the role and interaction of morality, ethics, and human behaviour as they relate to law enforcement professionals;
  8. identify different types of offences and the evidence required to obtain a conviction in a court of law;
  9. outline the difference between civil law and criminal law and privacy laws and how these differences affect the investigation and prosecution of crimes;
  10. examine and organize evidence by applying deductive reasoning to eliminate or support particular theories;
  11. identify, examine, interpret, and apply collision evidence collection techniques in explaining the series of events in a motor vehicle collision;
  12. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession.

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

10 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
1 Program Option Course

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
CJSR 1000 Communications and Investigative Report Writing (ODE) 42
CJSR 1001 Corporate Crime (ODE) 42
CJSR 1002 Forensics 911 (ODE) 42
COMP 1075 Computer/Cyber Crime (ODE) 42
PFPR 1027 Canadian Criminal Justice System (ODE) 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
CJSR 1003 Fraud Investigation (ODE) 42
CJSR 1004 Investigation and Surveillance (ODE) 42
CJSR 1005 Investigative Techniques for Motor Vehicle Collisions (ODE) 42
ETHC 1002 Ethics and the Justice System (ODE) 42
PFPR 2039 Interviewing and Investigations (ODE) 42
Program Option Courses  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
 Total Hours504
Program options may include:
CJSR 1006Investigative Techniques and Processes (ODE)
PFPR 2038Investigation and Evidence (ODE)

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  


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