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Overview

Challenge yourself both physically and mentally in our Public Safety certificate program. Craft the skills you need to become an educated and prepared public safety officer in today’s justice system.

This intensive eight-month certificate program is the first of its kind in Manitoba and is offered in partnership with the Brandon Police Service. Assiniboine is the only postsecondary institution in Manitoba to offer a Public Safety program administered by the department of education and training and authorized by Manitoba Justice. Gain knowledge from instructors who continue to work in industry. 

Learn how to embrace the lifestyle that comes with being in the field of public safety. Stress management, mental health first aid and cross-cultural teachings are integrated so you gain the skills needed to thrive in this high-impact industry. 

Tackle problems through group work that helps you develop communication skills, emotional intelligence and critical thinking. Your realistic scenario training will include investigating crime scenes, identifying and seizing evidence, and conducting both interviews and interrogations. Get out of the classroom with morning physical training, scenario training and community volunteer activities.

Graduates of this program are equipped to take on roles in the general field of public safety. Launch your career in areas such as Canada Border Services Agency, Sheriff’s department, corrections, security firms, risk management and loss prevention. Depending on a variety of factors, including education and experience, other opportunities may exist with municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services in Manitoba, or with other police services across Canada.

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 40G/40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 70%
  • Proof of current certification in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Level C
  • Current criminal record check
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Current adult abuse registry check
  • Valid driver’s license abstract
  • Hearing test
  • Vision test
  • Medical release

This is a competitive entry program. Early application is strongly recommended. 

Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offenses. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record or listed on the Child Abuse Registry and/or Adult Abuse Registry may not be admitted to the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country  not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

 

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates of this program are aligned to gain experience in the general field of public safety. Opportunities may exist with Canada Border Services Agency, Sheriff’s department, corrections, security firms, risk management and loss prevention. Other opportunities exist with municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services in Manitoba, or with other police services across Canada.

Note: Police departments have minimum hiring standards regarding sight, hearing and physical ability. Applicants are encouraged to explore these standards prior to entering this program.

Connections

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to date information on agreements, visit assiniboine.net/registrar or the program page.

Tools & Supplies

Technology Requirements

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for more detailed information about the requirements for this program.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Public Safety certificate, students must successfully complete 60 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $3,960. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,680. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice. 

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