Justice Studies: Private Security & Investigation Officer

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Program Overview

The Justice Studies: Private Security & Investigation Officer program is designed to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to be employed in the growing private security and public safety fields, while also adhering to federal and provincial standards and guidelines. The skills learned in this program will prepare students to pursue employment with private and commercial security agencies, hospitals, and bylaw enforcement teams, as well as various security jobs with the provincial or federal government. This program also places a strong emphasis on practical training in the form of simulations and includes a work integrated learning experience with a security industry partner.
The program is suitable for learners who exemplify self-control, a strong sense of responsibility, a capacity for critical thinking, and possess strong interpersonal skills. Communication skills are heavily emphasized in this program and are vital for those working in private security roles. As part of this program, learners will take part in challenging classes and simulations. For this reason, an emphasis is placed on promoting mental, physical, and emotional health. Students should be ready and aware of this and are encouraged to consult with their family physician or health expert if necessary.
Graduates of the Private Security & Investigation Officer program can go on to earn a diploma in the Justice Studies: Police Foundations OR Justice Studies: Public Safety program with an additional eight months of study, with available space and admission requirements.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year 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 or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Specific Considerations

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.


    Areas of Study

    • Community Engagement
    • Conflict Management and De-escalation
    • Health and Safety
    • Documentation
    • Canadian System of Justice
    • Defensive Tactics and Use of Force
    • Critical Thinking and Professional Practice
    • Physical Health and Fitness
    • Inclusivity and Intersectionality
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Law
    • Work Integrated Learning

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course is designed to help students strengthen their fundamental skills in writing clear, effective sentences and paragraphs, and enable them to create organized, unified and coherent documents. The writing process is introduced. Students will recognize the importance of writing for the intended purpose and audience.

    In this course, learners write notebook, logbook, entries and reports following guidelines used by the related agencies. Learners complete exercises that familiarize them with professional communication practices. Learners are required to work in groups to show the importance of teams within the field. This interactive course closely mirrors the writing and reporting responsibilities in the daily workplace routine.

    This course aims to equip learners with an understanding of the mental health issues they may encounter during their duties. Learners develop the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, respond to, and manage mental health challenges. They learn to identify signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders, examine the impact of trauma and stress on mental health, intervene effectively, and access appropriate resources for mental health support for themselves and others.

    This course aims to instruct learners on the crucial role of first responders during significant incidents and emergencies involving fire, hazardous materials, and urgent medical care, among others. It provides learners with insight into the responsibilities of first responders who may face potential threats to diverse sites, workplaces, or individuals. Learners will learn to initiate an emergency response sequence, including stabilizing the situation and alerting the relevant authorities. This educational framework equips learners with the essential knowledge and skills to serve as awareness-level first responders, guaranteeing prompt and effective action in emergency situations.

    The Canadian Criminal Justice System is comprised of three major components: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Learners become familiar with the roles and functions of these components, how they relate to each other, and how Criminal Law impacts all three. Throughout the course, they have an opportunity to critically analyze the various components of the justice system, as well as examine the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the system. They also explore contemporary issues, including public/private relationships in the law enforcement context, public involvement in criminal justice processes, restorative justice, victims of crime, youth justice and programs designed to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    This course introduces learners to the field of private investigation. Learners will understand the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of this field, along with the legislation and acts that regulate the private security industry. The course emphasizes the importance of conducting ethical investigations, gathering evidence, and reporting findings. Through techniques such as surveillance, interviewing, and analysis, learners will acquire the necessary tools to function as entry-level private investigators in Canada.

    This course introduces learners to the fundamentals of defensive driving and patrol procedures. These skills are critical for law enforcement officers, security personnel, and other professionals who routinely operate vehicles and conduct patrols as part of their duties. Learners will apply the principles of defensive driving, including the significance of situational awareness, vehicle control, hazard identification, emergency response, and defensive techniques. The course also examines patrol procedures, considering factors such as the specific site or location, required security level, type of industry, and facility size.

    This course introduces learners to the basics of the police interview and the interaction of officers with clients during an investigation. They learn how to proceed in investigations and the collection of evidence in manners that are lawful and maintain the integrity of a case to aid in successful prosecutions of those who are guilty and exclusion from the proceeding those who are innocent. Learners also explore how to accurately identify various substances as well as their side effects as use or misuse may impact the reliability and/or admissibility of statements.

    This course equips learners with the knowledge, strategies, and skills needed to effectively manage conflicts, defuse volatile situations, and promote peaceful resolutions. It also introduces learners to alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and interest-based negotiation techniques. Theoretical concepts, case studies, scenario-based training, and role-playing exercises aid in the development of practical skills and techniques applicable to justice-related environments. Skills acquired in this course can be applied to multiple types of conflict situations, such as disputes, complaints, and personal conflicts.

    This course is designed to provide learners with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables learners to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The course exposes the learners to the work environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached. Learners are expected to follow the work schedule of their field placement host.

    Industry Capstone: Justice Studies provides an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their accumulated knowledge and skills through practical application with a community/ industry partner. Under supervision, learners work collaboratively building skills in communication, problem-solving and project management, while adhering to industry practices and procedures.

    Learners are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of psychology. They explore such topics as history, research methods, sensation, perception, consciousness, memory, and intelligence using critical thinking and skeptical inquiry.

    The purpose of this course is to examine the underlying concepts and principles that influence the ways people behave and communicate with each other. With an increased awareness of these factors that affect interpersonal relationships, the student will critically assess how these concepts can be applied in practice both personally and professionally.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    This course introduces learners to the Criminal Code of Canada, focusing on Section 494 and its practical application in the justice field. Learners will explore how the Criminal Code serves as the foundation for criminal offences and procedure in Canada, while adhering to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and current case law. The course also emphasizes the importance of appropriate intervention strategies, including the Use of Force model. Additionally, learners will examine the role of physical fitness in the justice and enforcement fields and receive an introduction to basic self-defense skills and tactics.

    This course provides learners with a basic understanding of the defense and control skills required in the justice profession. Utilizing a team-based approach, learners will begin to develop these skills and gain a preliminary understanding of their application, while also initiating their physical fitness journey. The course introduces appropriate intervention strategies, teaching learners to operate within legal authority and adhere to necessary legislation and standards. Simulated scenarios offer learners their first experiences of handling situations within legal confines, involving individuals displaying inappropriate or illegal behaviors.

    This course is designed to explore areas and issues of local, regional, and national importance to the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Learners are introduced to Indigenous history and culture, including the past and present consequences of colonialism. This includes matters related to identity, land, governance, and community. This course will focus on building allyship through understanding, critical thinking, reflection, and reconciliation.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of sociology. They explore such topics as sociological imagination, research, culture, and socialization.

    NOC Codes

    64410 - Security guards and related security service occupations

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