Protection, Security and Investigation

Program: PSIN
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
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:

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

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


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 Mandatory 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.


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

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.