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Law and Security

Law and Security

Prepare for a career as a protection officer in government or private sector security.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


Gain the knowledge and skills needed to protect yourself and others. You learn:

  • Policing and security practices
  • Interviewing and investigative techniques
  • Effective communication
  • Handling difficult people and crisis situations
  • Critical thinking

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • You must obtain: Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course, Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and Emergency First Responder.
  • Successful applicants are required to supply a current medical certificate stating that they are capable of strenuous physical activity. You must be 19 years of age prior to going on a work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates work as protection officers in government, private sector security, private policing organizations and positions where certification is required.
  • Some grads have advanced into policing and law enforcement education.
  • With additional training, some graduates have become fisheries and conservation officers, Canadian Border Services officers and trainees with municipal or provincial police forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Choose NSCC

  • This program exceeds federal and provincial standards for security officers. It's recognized by the Canadian Society for Industrial Security and meets the standards set by the Canadian Standards Board for uniformed security.
  • 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.

Other info

  • Students enrolled in this program are required to wear a uniform while attending classes and during work terms, as well as wear appropriate gym attire for fitness and defence tactics courses.
  • Employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
CORR 2004   Canadian Criminal Justice
PROS 1002   Interpersonal Communication Skills I
PROS 1004   Defence Tactics I
PROS 1020   Work Experience
PROS 1100   Fundamentals of Law and Security
PROS 1101   Interviews and Investigations Techniques
PROS 1104   Physical Security Survey
PROS 1111   Defensive Driving
PROS 1121   Police Powers and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
PROS 1123   Criminal Law and the Criminal Code
PROS 1127   Retail Security
PROS 2002   Interpersonal Communication Skills II
PROS 2004   Defence Tactics II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 3010   Fire Safety Training
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology

Next Steps

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