Criminal Justice: Corrections

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Corrections Officers contribute to public safety by helping to enforce laws, process policies, and rehabilitate and reintegrate people who are in conflict with the law. You'll learn skills in security and law enforcement, as well as key Canadian criminal justice and law concepts. Our program offers two exciting workplace experiences that will put you in direct contact with a range of individuals in diverse environments. Corrections Officers have many career avenues, including employment in federal, provincial and private security agencies.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed at federal, provincial, municipal and private correctional institutions or with sheriff services.

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    NOC Codes

    4422 - Correctional service officers

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    What you will learn

    • Principles and foundations of psychology, sociology and criminology
    • Correctional Officer Duties, Roles and Responsibilities (Adult and Youth): Security Skills, Professional Conduct, and Courtroom Security
    • Correctional Operations: Contraband, Searches, Escorts, Counts, Radio Procedures, Key and Tool Control
    • Crisis Intervention: Non-Violent, Suicide, Defense, Arrest and Control Tactics, Emergency Response and Use of Force
    • Offender Behaviour Management, Discipline, Rehabilitation, Programming and Reintegration
    • Canadian Criminal Justice System and Correctional Programs in Canada
    • Verbal, Written and Interpersonal Communication
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Case Management Model, Case Planning, Risk Assessment and Security Classification
    • Diverse Populations: Youth, Gender, Culture, Offender Subculture, Addictions, Mental Health, Medical, Special Needs and Dangerous Offenders
    • Interviewing and Counselling
    • Fitness - cardiovascular system, muscular strength and endurance
    • Stress Management and Self Care

    Specific Considerations

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for tours/or fieldtrips and applied workplace experiences. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned will likely be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    Mature applicants with related experience or training who do not meet the academic admission requirements may be considered for acceptance following additional assessment conducted at the college. Please contact us for further direction.

    Candidates should also be aware that they will be required to participate in strenuous physical fitness classes and are encouraged to consult with their family physician.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form and proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB Canada
    Articulation Period: No End Date
    Information: Eligible graduates of  the Criminal Justice programs may apply to St. Thomas to complete a further two years of study culminating in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice (BAA) degree.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 (70%) is required  for courses taken in the diploma programmes at NBCC.  In addition, students must meet the minimum average of 2.70 (70%) on the following courses, if taken as part of the diploma programme: Sociology, Psychology, Deviance, Criminal Justice, Abnormal Psychology, Criminology, and Victimology.


    Institution: Griffith University
    Articulation Period: No End Date
    Information: Griffith University will grant up to one and a half (1.5) years of advanced standing (i.e., entry into the fourth semester) of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice degree to graduates of the Criminal Justice Programs.  Students may enroll online or on-campus, and additional information about online enrollment can be found at:

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