Law & Security

Prepare for a career in security – working as a protection officer in government, private sector security, and private policing organizations.


Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 Truro Campus • Truro • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Do you have an interest in law and security? Are you outgoing, self-disciplined, and physically fit? Are you eager to expand your communication and interpersonal skills? If so, you already have many of the basic qualities needed to succeed in the Law and Security program.

In this program, you focus on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to protect yourself and others and to conduct investigations. You learn to communicate effectively, handle difficult people and crisis situations, think critically, manage your time successfully, and value healthy living and wellness. To secure employment in this field, you must have a clear criminal record.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Highlight"A hands-on program with so many great opportunities."
  2. Favourite"The hands-on training we received in tactics."
  3. Cool Activity"Our class provided security for two separate events - it gave us even more hands-on training in the field."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • You must be 19 years of age prior to going on Work Experience.

Program Requirements

  • Additional program requirements, including child abuse registry check, criminal record check, immunizations and standard first aid, may be required for Health & Human Services programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (224 KB)

Choose NSCC

  • This program exceeds federal and provincial standards for security officers. It is recognized by the Canadian Society for Industrial Security, and meets the standards set by the Canadian Standards Board for uniformed security.
  • You acquire the theory as well as the knowledge and the skills demanded on the job. You attend guest lectures and workshops in firearms safety, suicide intervention, critical and stress management, non-violent crisis management, and Canadian Safety Council defensive driving.

Employment Opportunities

  • Work as protection officers in government, private sector security, private policing organizations, and positions where certification is required.

Our Grads

  • Many graduates are employed as security officers. Others have advanced into policing and law enforcement education. Some graduates have become fisheries and conservation officers, and trainees with municipal or provincial police forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Other Info

  • Successful applicants are required to supply a current medical certificate stating that they are capable of strenuous physical activity.
  • Transportation to field placement is the responsibility of the student.
  • Students enrolled in this program are required to wear a uniform while attending classes and during their work term and appropriate gym attire for fitness and defense tactics courses.
  • Previous experience in security, law enforcement, or in other supervisory capacities is considered an asset.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
CORR 2004   Canadian Criminal Justice
HUSV 1001   Introduction to Psychology
PROS 1002   Interpersonal Communication Skills I
PROS 1004   Defense Tactics I
PROS 1020   Work Experience
PROS 1100   Fundamentals of Law and Security
PROS 1101   Introduction to Security Investigations
PROS 1104   Physical Security Survey Course
PROS 1121   Police Powers and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
PROS 1123   Criminal Law & the Criminal Code
PROS 1127   Retail Security
PROS 2002   Interpersonal Communication Skills II
PROS 2004   Defense Tactics II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
Criminal Record/Position of Trust
Critical Incident Stress Management
Defensive Driving
Emergency First Responder
Fire Safety Training
Immunization form Completion
Infectious Disease Control
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C
Suicide Intervention (ASIST)

Next Steps

  1. Application Process

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