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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training - Confederation College

Firefighter and Fire Science Education in Canada

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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training - Confederation College

Confederation College's Police Foundations program, which has been developed in consultation with the Ministry of the Solicitor General, is primarily designed for 'students who are seriously considering a career in policing.' The Program equips candidates 'with the academic requirements essential to succeed as a Police Officer,' including understanding of such disciplines as Police Sciences, Public Administration, Psychology, and Sociology. Participants will be molded into 'diverse, intelligent, well-rounded and flexible' individuals 'well suited to meet the needs of our ever-changing society.' Students 'can expect to be actively involved in' Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), field trips, fingerprinting, interaction with Police Swat, Canine, Riot Team etc, intramural and external sports, photography, police ride-a-longs, PREP and PARE equipment, radio communications, surveillance, and video interview rooms.

The College will also provide assistance to students enrolled in the Program who are interested in earning additional training such as French, Mathematics, Ojibwa, Ride-A-Long Assessments with the Ontario Provincial Police and/or Thunder Bay Police, Search and Rescue or certification in Canadian Firearms Safety Course, Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Pleasure Craft Operator - Boating Safety, Standard First Aid, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS). Students should be aware that to be allowed to register for the second semester 'of the Police Foundations Program, students must have successfully completed all of the courses in semester 1 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.' To be able to proceed to subsequent semesters, students must complete all course requirements of the preceding semester 'with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher.'

Graduates of the Program may pursue careers, career advancement, and/or educational opportunities in policing, corrections, security, and other related areas of the criminal justice system. Students should be aware, however, that having a criminal record could be an obstacle to finding employment in the Criminal Justice field as many employers are reluctant to hire those with a criminal history. Moreover, some careers may require further training beyond the diploma, as determined by individual employers. Most police work, for example, requires candidates to write assessment examinations, meet certain physical and mental pre-requisites, have valid CRP, First Aid, and driver's license, and undergo recruit training.

Career-wise, graduates may be employed in various positions across Canada, including working for educational or governmental institutions, private organizations, or for employers in the non-profit or private sector. For example, graduates may work in the areas of administration, corrections, crime prevention, criminal investigation, criminal law, government, insurance, law and law enforcement, national security, offender case management, policing, private and public investigation, public and private security, the courts, victim services, and young offenders, to name but a few. Common recruiters of Program graduates include the Calgary Police Service, Canadian Armed Forces - Military Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Thunder Bay Police, and Winnipeg Police Service.

Graduates of the Program may also pursue further educational opportunities, such as at the bachelor's level, in policing, related criminal justice fields, or other disciplines at various universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada and internationally, often with advanced standing.

To be eligible for admission into the Police Foundations program, applicants must either possess an 'Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C), or Open (O) preparation levels,' possess 'appropriate credits from Academic and Career Entrance,' or apply via "mature student status." To be able to apply under the latter category, the candidate must be at least 19 years of age by the commencement of the Program and must not have 'an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or its equivalent.' Mature applicants will be required to demonstrate competency to undertake studies at the College by either writing the College's 'Mature Student tests,' successfully completing 'significant postsecondary courses,' or completing recommended classes in the College's 'Academic & Career Entrance (upgrading) program.'

All students must 'obtain a Criminal Records Check prior to the fall registration 1st (before entering the first semester). Students are to submit 'a Criminal Records Check Certificate,' which must be 'dated within the last year,' before 'the fall registration.' All costs associated with attaining this Certificate are the responsibility of the student. Having a criminal record will not disqualify a student from participating in the Program but may prevent him/her 'from completing the program and/or securing employment' as many employers, including those with whom the College has work experience placement partnerships, are reluctant to hire individuals with a criminal history. The College also advises applicants 'to check with their family doctor to ensure that participating in the rigorous physical education classes in this program would not present a health risk.'


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