Find out how you can complete a Bachelor of Professional Arts - Criminal Justice at Lambton College!

A career in protection, security and investigation is waiting for you. Come and train for this growing market with an all-encompassing education at Lambton College.

This program shares the first year of study with the Police Foundations program where students are introduced to a broad theoretical foundation in human relations and an overview of the criminal justice system. Second year of study prepares graduates for a successful career as a security professional in both the private and public law enforcement sectors. Students also earn certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training from the Crisis Prevention Institute, Mental Health First Aid from Mental Health Commission of Canada and Introduction to Incident Management System (IMS-100) from Emergency Management Ontario.

Students play a part in first-response simulations at Lambton College's Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence, which is the largest live-fueled training centre in Canada and is collaboratively used between criminal justice and fire students. Students gain volunteer hours and field-related experience with Lambton College's student-run Safe Walk program and apply for volunteer opportunities with local police services in traffic control and search and rescue capacities.

Lambton College's faculty represent a diverse representation of the security field from Canada Border Services, police, security and other related professionals. This, coupled with small class sizes, will ensure students receive a highly successful educational experience.

A field placement component occurs in the fourth semester of the program. Students combine theory and practice while working in a professional security environment. Placement also assists in clarifying career goals and developing interpersonal and professional skills appropriate to your practice. Eligibility is dependent upon the student maintaining a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Upon graduation, students are eligible to write the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services licensing examinations which are mandatory for private investigation and security guards in Ontario. Graduates are eligible to apply for dual licenses as an investigator/security guard.

Please Note: Any applicant entering this program must determine employment entrance criteria set by individual employers and must ensure fulfillment of those criteria. A criminal record could be a serious impediment to employment. 

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find employment with: military police, special constables (transit police), by-law enforcement, Canada Border Services, correctional services (federal and provincial), police services — federal, provincial, regional or municipal, loss prevention/retail security, alcohol and gaming (casinos/slots), industrial/corporate security, and private security/investigation.

A current analysis of the employment of those involved in both private protection services and police has established a widening gap between the growing number of those engaged in the field of private security and the number of police. The development of private property for commercial and entertainment use and the established civil responsibility for employee and client safety on private property has created a broad market for security professionals that is predicted to continue to grow into the next decade.

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