Aboriginal Policing Preparation

Aboriginal Policing Preparation

Program Overview

Demand is growing for police officers trained with an Indigenous perspective. Policing is a career that will challenge and reward you. The pay and benefits are great, but you need to be committed—to community, to making a difference, to working with people from all walks of life.

Sask Polytech's Aboriginal Policing Preparation program will train you for a career that goes beyond standard policing skills to include cultural awareness and personal growth. When you graduate, you’ll be able to apply for federal, provincial, municipal and community policing positions.

The program is available to everyone regardless of their cultural background. You can take the 30-week program on campus in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.

Our curriculum has a unique Aboriginal focus, while covering the major requirements of law enforcement training. Your instructors are experienced in policing, so you’re learning from people who’ve been on the front lines of community law enforcement. Your studies will focus on:

  • basic investigative techniques;
  • criminal justice system and criminal law;
  • dealing with addictions, family violence, suicide intervention;
  • developing strong communication skills; and
  • historic and contemporary Aboriginal issues.

Real World Focus

This program prepares you for a job in policing. You’ll build job search skills by writing practice exams and participating in mock interviews. You’ll learn how to handle police service assessment processes. Best of all, you’ll participate in a work experience that gives you a chance to apply what you’ve learned in class in a community policing setting—and also to make connections with potential employers.

COVID 19 Info
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical work experience will be suspended until physical distancing restrictions have been lifted by the Chief Medical Officer and the Ministries of Health, and Advanced Education. Students will complete an alternate assignment that meets the learning outcomes for the work experience. This decision has been made in consultation with industry experts and partners with whom the program is working collaboratively to develop and update curriculum, including the work experience. Although this learning experience may look different, the quality of a Saskatchewan Polytechnic education and the value of the credentials you will receive, will remain at the highest level. 

Climb the Education Ladder

Many of your courses are transferable to our Correctional Studies program, giving you a head start on earning a diploma. You can also transfer credits to University of Regina degree programs in Justice or Police Studies.

9 out of 10 Grads Give Program Thumbs Up

In recent surveys, 9 out of 10 Aboriginal Policing Preparation grads say they are satisfied with the quality of their training, and 9 out of 10 say it effectively prepared them for employment in the policing field.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be able to apply for federal, provincial and municipal policing positions. Look for jobs with the RCMP, Armed Forces, city police services, First Nations communities, border services, corrections, airport security, mine security and private security companies.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Police OfficerPolice Officers (Except Commissioned) (4311)$58,300 - $112,400
SheriffSheriffs and Bailiffs (4421)$40,700 - $88,900
Security GuardSecurity Guards and Related Security Service Occupations (6541)$25,000 - $47,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

August 31, 2020, to April 16, 2021 (Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon)

Delivery is subject to student enrollment

For more information about delivery of this program, contact:

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Length: 30 weeks


  • Prince Albert
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements


  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check for access to police agencies for tours and prior to entering the work experience component of the program. At the discretion of the community agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility. Program applicants should be aware that, for the purpose of the Criminal Record Check, they must request this from the police service in their home community, whether it is from a municipal/city police service or from the RCMP detachment that services their home area.
    • If you have a criminal record for which a record suspension (pardon) has not been granted, or a matter that is currently before the courts, you may be unable to complete the program.
  • Accepted applicants will be asked to complete a security clearance form prior to the start of the program. At the discretion of the police agency, you may be denied access to a tour or work placement based on the results of the completed security clearance check. Students who do not have an acceptable security clearance may be unable to complete the following courses: LEGL 142 (Ethics in Policing Careers), LEGL 143 (Preparation for Police Assessments), LEGL 144 (Criminal Investigation), and WORK 135 (Work Experience). You must complete these courses to graduate from the program.
  • For employment purposes, graduates may be required to take CPR and first aid training, and to meet specific health standards to perform the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). Standard First Aid and CPR can be taken when offered by a community agency. Preparation for the physical abilities tests are delivered in the Aboriginal Policing Preparation program courses; PERS 101 (Personal Wellness 1), and PERS 102 (Personal Wellness 2).

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 240 Reading
  • 238 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year


Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • course transfers to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Correctional Studies diploma program and Youth Care Worker certificate and diploma programs
Graduates of this program may be granted academic acceptance into the Criminal Justice – Policing Diploma, providing other prerequisite qualifications are met. They may receive up to 33 credit units on a course by course basis, as outlined in the agreement.
Graduates of this program, with a minimum average of 68% and no grade below 60%, may be eligible to receive 21 credit hours of block transfer to the Bachelor of Human Justice or Bachelor of Arts, Police Studies.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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