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The only 2-year program of its kind in Ontario.
Outstanding career preparation
This program hones your skills in analysis, communication, information gathering, interviewing, issue identification, researching and problem solving. You’ll learn to use technology to present your investigative findings, and you'll be introduced to key professional skills and industry best practices.
Things you'll learn
- Investigative methods
- Resource protection techniques
- Law enforcement
- Threat risk assessments
- Forensic investigation techniques
In Year 2, you'll take part in unpaid field placements in an industry related private or public organization (in areas such as investigation, insurance, resource protection, loss prevention, physical security, or public safety). Some placements require shift work and/or travel to the worksite so you may need a driver’s licence and transportation.
Acquire a professional licence
After successful completion of the first semester, you can apply for a training completion number, which will make you eligible to be tested, at your own expense, for the provincially regulated licences to be a private investigator and security professional (the Dual Licence). Candidates for the Dual Licence must complete Emergency First Aid and CPR ‘C’ training with a St. John Ambulance certified instructor or with a first aid trainer approved by the WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) to comply with the provincial licences and program placement requirements.
Explore your future labs
In Investigation - Public and Private at Sheridan, you'll work in labs and classrooms designed to imitate work environments in the real world. Curious to see what that looks like? Take a virtual tour of the Police Foundations Lab you'll use as a student in this program.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS JUST18269 Investigative Methods 3 LAWS11857 Criminal Law and Procedures 3 LAWS16010 Civil Law and Procedures 3 JUST19402 Crisis Intervention and Use of Force 3 PSYC15065G Psychology: Core Concepts 3 JUST15738 Private Security 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS JUST25288 Communications in Interviewing 3 JUST29026 Introduction to Surveillance 3 PSRV27890 Public Safety and Threat Risk Assessments 3 JUST15586 Investigative Reporting and Open Source Research 3 FLPL18634 Placement and Career Preparation 3 PSYC12399 Abnormal Psychology 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS JUST30181 Interviewing and Statements 3 JUST37198 Fraud: Offenders and Victims 3 JUST26699 Crime Scene Preservation and Evidence Management 3 JUST35738 Organizational Security and Safety 3 FLPL25892 Field Placement 1: Investigations 2 FLPL17791 Field Seminar 1: Investigations 1 GNED General Education Elective 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS JUST27721 Terrorism and Global Security 3 JUST27134 Cyber Security and Cyber Crime 3 JUST14178 Investigative and Intelligence Analysis 3 FLPL22933 Field Placement 2 : Investigations 5 FLPL25064 Field Seminar 2: Investigations 1 GNED General Education Elective 3 Total: 18
Courses subject to change.
Find course details:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)
Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
Preparation for Application
Although not an admission requirement, Grade 12 mathematics or equivalent and basic computer skills are recommended.
Applicants should be aware of the physical demands of the field and explore possible field placement and employment related standards before applying.
Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements
Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.
*Course duration for September starts is two academic years. Course duration for January starts is 16 months continuous.
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
As a graduate of Sheridan’s Investigation – Public and Private program, you’ll be ready for an exciting investigative career.
Here are some areas in which you might work:
- Asset Protection
- Loss Prevention
- Careers in Public and Community safety
- Bylaw Enforcement
- Corporate security
- Fraud investigation and/or prevention
- Law enforcement
- Public and private investigations
Interact with a high level of professionalism while adhering to relevant laws, standards, principles and practices.
Act in a manner that demonstrates respect for peers, clients, and other professionals when working independently and in a team environment.
Establish constructive relationships with government departments, international agencies, public and private sector enterprises and organizations to execute investigative inquiries.
Demonstrate relevant knowledge of current world and local events, global trends, political and economic climates in order to appreciate a broader based societal perspective.
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the practical workings of the investigation field and develop strategies for personal and professional approaches.
Identify and apply various investigative techniques and related public safety approaches to inquiries in the public and private sections.
Research and critically analyze the components of investigative inquiries.
Critically and objectively evaluate investigative assumptions, theories and approaches using deductive reasoning.
Plan cost and time effective inquiries.
Communicate professionally, effectively, both verbally and in writing using computers and other state of the art technology required by the profession.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$4,115.69
Fees for International students$16,956.69
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
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Full-time 2 years Program code: PIPAP
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