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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Investigation – Public and Private

The only 2-year program of its kind in Ontario.

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Get ready to enter the dynamic and evolving professional fields of investigation, security and public safety.

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
  • Surveillance
  • Threat risk assessments
  • Forensic investigation techniques

Workplace experience

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.

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PIPAP