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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:Police and Public Safety Institute (Ottawa)
Field of Study:Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Description:The two-year Community and Justice Services Ontario College Diploma program is designed to provide you with theoretical and practical experience in legal and theoretical aspects of behaviour, safety and security measures and techniques and interviewing and intervention skills. Study topics include addictions, mental illness, group dynamics, behaviour management, communications, special populations (such as Aboriginal and female offenders), and the role of victims in the criminal justice system.

The program includes insight into working with adult and youth populations who are at risk or in conflict with the law, and victims in both community and/or institutional facilities. It provides you with a broad range of theory and practice and prepares you with the necessary skills for work in the field. Your studies are enhanced in the second year of the program through more than 300 hours of field placement. The field placement provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill you have learned in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on behavioural assessment and case management, report writing and building professional client-worker relationships appropriate to the setting. This work-integrated learning experience also allows students to make immediate and significant contributions to the field.
URL:Community and Justice Services at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $1,513

Tuition and related ancillary fees for this program can be viewed by using the Tuition and Fees Estimator tool at
Careers:Commissioned Police Officers

Admission Requirements


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  •  Grade12 English 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]

International applicants must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL) IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    All applicants must complete the Community and Justice Admissions Assessment through the Test Centre. Applicants will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change).

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on May 12, 2020

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