Justice Studies: Corrections

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Canada’s justice system is diverse, providing many career paths for professionals who care about people and public safety. From private security to policing, corrections to community-based roles, we help protect communities, uphold the law and work with individuals who are involved, or at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system. If you’ve got an interest in law enforcement and the justice system, and the compassion to treat people, including offenders, with dignity and respect, you could have a future in justice.

Our Justice Studies: Corrections program is designed to provide students the knowledge and skills required for individuals aspiring to a career as a Correctional Officer or other related fields of criminal justice. Everything we teach meets current industry standards, and our students are trained in areas of intervention, prevention, rehabilitative strategies and reintegration, preparing you to work in a diverse variety of institutional and community settings.

Our program also offers two exciting workplace experiences that will allow students the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real world situations.

If you choose to continue your education in criminology or other related fields, your NBCC diploma is a great foundation. Graduates can, for example, apply their respective two-year NBCC diploma to be credited for up to two years of a four-year university degree making a seamless transition from college to university. Enroll today in the Justice Studies: Corrections program and pursue a rewarding career protecting and serving people and your community.


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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to pursue employment opportunities in various areas of the criminal justice field such as: provincial and federal correctional and community services for both adult and youth offenders, sheriff services, border services, enforcement agencies, private security agencies, by-law enforcement, commercial vehicle enforcement, crime prevention, hospital security, community correctional centers and halfway houses, adult and youth residential agencies, homeless/outreach centers, positions in probation and parole, case management, program facilitators, forensic units, addiction and mental health treatment centers, and non-governmental agencies.

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    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 field trips 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 (pdf) 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.

    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

    • 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

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    43201 - Correctional service officers

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


    Institution: Humber College
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice
    Students with appropriate pre-requisites and grades (min. 65%) may be eligible for admission into advance semesters.
    Institution: Athabasca University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Graduates from NBCC's two year Criminal Justice:  Corrections program may receive 60 credits towards the following Athabasca Programs:

    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services (BPA-HSRV)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law & Management (BPA-GLM).
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications Studies (BPA-CMNS).
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice (BPA-CRJS)
    Institution: Cape Breton University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Degree (BACS).
    NBCC graduates with a minimum grade of 65% can receive up to a maximum of 45 credit hours of transfer towards the 90 credits required for CBU's 3 year BACS degree and a maximum of 51 credit hours of transfer towards the 120 credits required for CBU's 4 year BACS degree
    Institution: St. Thomas University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice.
    NBCC graduates with a minimum cumulative GPA of 70% can receive 2 years credit.

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