Protection, Security and Investigation

Program: PSIN
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2022
Location: Orillia


Students develop knowledge and skills demanded by the rapidly evolving safety and security industry. Areas of study include investigative techniques, defensive skills and use of force theory, security procedures, crisis intervention, emergency management and cyber security.

During a common first year with the Police Foundations and Community and Justice Services programs, students are provided with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada, and they have the opportunity to transfer between these programs after the first year. Second-year students develop the specialized knowledge and skills demanded by today's security and investigation industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in government organizations, corporate and industrial security agencies, the armed forces, police services, hotels, casinos and retail establishments or be self-employed in the security industry.

Graduates are eligible to write the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services examinations which are mandatory for private investigators and security guards in Ontario. Under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act 2005, only candidates who pass the examinations are allowed to apply for a private investigator and/or security guard license.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. work in compliance with established standards and relevant legislation in the protection, security and investigation fields;
  2. make decisions in a timely, effective and legally defensible manner to uphold protection and security;
  3. carry out delegated duties and responsibilities in compliance with organizational policies and procedures;
  4. act equitably and justly with diverse populations;
  5. work effectively as a member of a protection and security team; 
  6. prevent and resolve crisis, conflict and emergency situations by applying effective techniques;
  7. conduct and/or contribute to investigations by collecting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence;
  8. monitor, evaluate and accurately document behaviours, situations and events;
  9. develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development;
  10. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  11. apply entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and approaches to active engagement and service within the community.

Program Progression 

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2022
  • Sem 2: Winter 2023
  • Sem 3: Fall 2023
  • Sem 4: Winter 2024


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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:

Additional Information

Students are required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.

Graduation Requirements

21 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, 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

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
FITN 1014 Fitness and Wellness 1 42
LAWS 1005 Introduction to Security Skills 42
LAWS 1017 Canadian Criminal Justice 42
LAWS 1018 Government in Canadian Society 42
LAWS 1019 Diversity Awareness 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
FITN 1015 Fitness and Wellness 2 42
LAWS 1020 Introduction to Criminal Law 42
LAWS 1021 Public Safety and Emergency Management 42
LAWS 1022 Interviewing and Documentation 42
PSIN 1000 Introduction to Private Investigator 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
LAWS 2048 Mental Health in the Workplace 42
PSIN 2004 Security Applications 42
PSIN 2005 Investigation Process 42
PSIN 2006 Professional Resource Development 42
PSIN 2007 Border Services and Immigration 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
LAWS 2049 Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention 42
PSIN 2008 Private Policing and Enforcement 42
PSIN 2009 Advanced Security Technology and Techniques 42
PSIN 2010 Municipal Law Enforcement 42
PSIN 2011 Security Management and Leadership 42
PSIN 2012 Cyber Security 42
 Total Hours1092

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four 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.

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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