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Overview

Level up your prior post-secondary education with our Public Safety advanced diploma. Challenge yourself both physically and mentally, and craft the skills you need to work in today’s justice system.

This intensive advanced diploma program is the first of its kind in Manitoba and is offered in partnership with the Brandon Police Service. Assiniboine is the only post-secondary 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. This program will build on your life experience and prior postsecondary credential, giving you an edge upon graduation. 

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 security firms, risk management and loss prevention, or corrections. Depending on a variety of factors, including additional education and experience, other career opportunities may exist with municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services in Manitoba, or with other police services across Canada.

If you are not an international student, but are interested in our Public Safety Advanced Diploma program, please refer to this program page instead.

Admissions

  • Two-year diploma or university degree
  • Hearing test - either obtained in your home country or in Canada
  • Vision test - either obtained in your home country or in Canada
  • Medical release - either obtained in your home country or in Canada

If you have been living in Canada for more than 6 months at the time of your application, you will need to provide the following. If you are applying from outside of Canada, this is not required.

  • Current criminal record check 
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Current adult abuse registry check

A valid driver’s license abstract is not required to be admitted into this program; however, it is strongly recommended that you obtain a valid drivers license once in Canada, since many occupations in this field may require you to hold one.

As an applicant, you will take part in a pre-entry interview, administered to determine your general suitability for the program. Applicants are ranked by the interview panel based on objective criteria, and the highest ranking applicants will be accepted. Interviews may be done using video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom).

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. 


A checklist noting further details and assistance to better understand to the above-stated admission requirements is available: Program Application Checklist - Public Safety Advanced (International)

Early application to this program is strongly recommended.

International students enrolled in this program will complete CPR and emergency first aid training during the first three months of their preparatory studies. You must successfully complete this training as a prerequisite for later courses.

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.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates of this program are equipped to take on roles in the general field of public safety. Launch your career in areas such as security firms, risk management and loss prevention, or corrections.

Depending on a variety of factors, including additional education and experience, other career opportunities may exist with municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services in Manitoba, or with other police services across Canada. Please note that in Canada, Police Services have minimum hiring standards regarding sight, hearing and physical ability. Applicants are encouraged to explore these standards prior to entering this program. 

Assiniboine will hire some graduates of the Public Safety program for paid two-year roles to join our campus security team. Security personnel continue to receive additional training and education while on the job.

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

At-Home Computing

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.

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

AT-HOME COMPUTING INFORMATION

Courses & Costs

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

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2021-22)
  Credits Tuition & Related Fees Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies Student Health Insurance
Public Safety Advanced 82.5 $20,850 $1,680 $1,000

All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf.

Fast Facts

Length
11 months
Program Start
May or September
Credential
Advanced Diploma
Credits
82.5
Course Load
Full-time
Program Details
On Campus
Open to International Students
School of Health & Human Services
204.725.8730
1.800.862.6307 ext 6228 (toll free)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the recruitment process take?

For information regarding the recruitment process, please see the Public Safety checklist on our Competitive Entry webpage.

Can I apply if I have a previous conviction?

Minor convictions may be acceptable, however, every application is judged on its own merits. If you have any questions regarding previous convictions, guidance can be sought from the Chair of Public Safety. This applies to both the Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry requirements.

What characteristics should an applicant have for the Public Safety program?

As a student, you must be willing and able to commit to academic study and physical training. Like police officers, students must be able to work effectively in a team environment yet able to exercise initiative, give and respond to instructions. If you want to work in the public safety field, you need to be an effective communicator, able to relate to others and show sympathy and tact as necessary.

You must be disciplined, prepared for shift work, honest, mature and socially aware. Those who work in public safety fields must be able to take control of critical situations by weighing out the process and deciding on an appropriate course of action. They must be prepared for becoming involved in physical danger that may be life-threatening.

What is the process for getting accepted into the program?

Details on the admissions process are available under the 'Admissions' tab of this program webpage. A checklist is available on our Competitive Entry webpage and will help you to ensure you have everything needed for a complete application.

Applicants for this program must undergo a selection interview that is based on situational and behavioural experiences. Only top candidates in the interview process are accepted into the program.

Do I require any special clothing or equipment for Public Safety?

Public Safety students require a special uniform with drill shoes, gym/workout clothing and jacket. A complete clothing list will be provided once you are accepted into the program.

Am I required to have any specific immunizations for the Public Safety program?

No.

What other things will I need to have to be successful in the Public Safety program?

You will need to be able to complete intense physical training for this program, manage the academic requirements and participate in teamwork activities. This program is tough and challenging, so discipline is essential to ensure that you meet the requirements of program completion.

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming.

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.