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Correctional Practices Fundamentals (Certificate)

Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This program will focus on the Canadian criminal justice system and the theories of corrections as they relate to inmates and youth in conflict with the law. Behaviour management will be addressed with an emphasis on crisis prevention and safe and secure practices.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR
  • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Exhibit appropriate human behaviour when clients are exposed to uncertainty and stress in a helping professional environment
  • Apply knowledge of social science relating to corrections when interacting with clients, staff, professionals and the public
  • Examine the evolution of the Canadian criminal justice system and describe/differentiate the principles, roles, models and duties of the judicial system
  • Critically examine the theory and practices of criminal behaviour and the effects on society
  • Assess the connections of biology, mental and social behaviours in predicting human behaviour and relate the key principles and methods of psychology
  • Identify the types of security and correctional facilities and articulate the least restrictive yet safe and secure environments for clients, staff and the public

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Group homes
  • Halfway houses
  • Detention centres
  • Youth centres
  • Correctional centres
  • Community-based victim-oriented resource centres

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location
COUN 2580Abnormal PsychologyOnline
COUN 2580Abnormal PsychologyMonthly Intake Online
SAPS 1280Behaviour Management & Crisis InterventionOnline
PFP 8101Canadian Criminal Justice SystemOnline
LASA 1380CorrectionsOnline
PFP 8201CriminologyOnline
PFP 8201CriminologyMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 1981Forensic PsychologyOnline
PSYC 1051Psychology IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 1051Psychology IntroductionOnline
CORR 1380Safe and Secure EnvironmentsOnline
SOCI 1051Sociology IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
SOCI 1051Sociology IntroductionOnline