PFD100 - Career Preparation

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Subject Title
Career Preparation

Subject Description
This course provides students with an opportunity to be prepared for the recruiting process for not only a career as a Police Officer, but for other careers relating to law enforcement such as Border Security, Ministry of Natural Resources, Private Security, Military Police, By-Laws Enforcement Officer, Transit Officer and Civilian support positions such as Forensics, Information Management, Court Security Officer and Victims Assistance.

Credit Status
This is a Police Foundations program prescribed credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the different police services and their roles as well as careers available other than policing which are supported by the course.
  2. Understand the differences between Federal, Provincial and Regional/Municipal Police Services.
  3. List and understand the minimum requirements to become a police constable as set out in the Police Services Act.
  4. Have a clear understanding of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (O.A.C.P.) and the ATS (Applicant Testing Services) process as it relates to the Constable Selection System process in the Province of Ontario.
  5. Understand the interviewing process as utilized by R.C.M.P.
  6. Have opportunities to complete test examples relating to Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI); Written Communications Test (WCT); and Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device (BPAD). 
  7. Will complete a self-assessment questionnaire to assist student with career choice.
  8. Have opportunities to complete an application and understand the importance of the application process and resume as it applies to any place of employment.
  9. Have an understanding of ‘first impressions’ when applying for any position and the use of social media.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • Becoming a Police Officer and other Law Enforcement related positions.
  • Understanding essential competencies and development competencies.
  • Authority of Peace Officer under the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Police recruitment and selection process in Ontario.  ATS testing.  Complete self-assessment questionnaire.
  • Understanding tests relating to Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI); Written Communications Test (WCT); and Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device (BPAD). 
  • Understanding the Constable Selection System.
  • Understanding the requirements and hiring process of the R.C.M.P.
  • Understanding requirements for Military Police and other police services in Canada.
  • Complete test example for Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI); Written Communications Test (WCT); and Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device (BPAD).
  • Completing a resume and application form.
  • Attending information sessions as provided by various police services.
  • Discussing the importance of being aware of what is included on social media, ie:  Facebook.
  • Researching employer

Prescribed Texts

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Weekly Quizzes (6 x 10%) 60%
Complete application form 15%
Final Test 25%

Approved by: Sandra Noble