First, see the Police Technology Physical Requirements
DECEMBER TESTING OPENING:
*** Please note that we have received the maximum applications for the December 2, 2023 Physical Testing date.***
Our next Physical Testing date will be February 3 , 2024
The online form will be available as of Tuesday January 2, 2024.
*** IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN PATHWAYS TO POLICE TECHNOLOGY: PLEASE NOTE THIS FORM DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOUR FORM HAS BEEN SENT TO YOU ON THE JOHN ABBOTT PORTAL/OMNIVOX ***
THE FOLLOWING FORMS ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PHYSICAL TRY-OUT:
- PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN SELECTION TESTING AND WAIVER (For applicants under the age of 18)
- POLICE TECHNOLOGY PHYSICAL TESTING FORM – The online form will be available as of Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
Please read the FAQs section below carefully.
Preparing the finest to serve the community
Police officers keep the peace, protect people and property, prevent crime and enforce both criminal and civil laws. They reassure victims, arrest criminals and act as peacemakers or mediators. Police work is a career that demands maturity, courage and strong communication skills.
Through classroom teaching and practical experience, students in the three-year Police Technology program are prepared for a career in law enforcement with police forces, not only across Québec, but throughout Canada.
What distinguishes the Police Technology program
We encourage our students to become fluently bilingual (English and French). This is a plus for any Police/government agency that is looking for bilingual police officers/investigators, and there is a high demand for this ability. We are also the only English CEGEP to offer the three-year program in Police Technology.
Pre-admission testing & eligibility for the program
To be considered, applicants must attend a day of pre-admission testing and successfully complete each component. Testing takes place prior to the March 1 SRAM application deadline.
Candidates who do not attend the testing will not be considered.
To qualify for the Police Technology program candidates:
- Must possess a minimum of a probationary driver’s license by the March 1st application deadline
- Must possess an above average academic record
- Must successfully complete a day of pre-admission testing
- Candidates should be functionally bilingual in French and English.
- Once conditionally admitted to the program, pass a complete medical examination in conformity with the requirements of entry to the École Nationale de Police du Québec (ÉNPQ).
This program is for you if…
You want to pursue a career in law enforcement. We are looking for responsible students with above average maturity. We have a large number of applicants who are trying to join this program, so the candidates who will be chosen will be selected based on certain selection criteria. The career of a police officer is very demanding and whoever decides to come into this program has to be aware that this program requires high standards of excellence, both on the physical and the academic levels. This applies to the regular program to the Pathways to Police Technology program.
Where Police Technology can take you!
The majority of our students want to become police officers and join a police force of their choice, but we also have students who may choose other career paths. Some have continued their university studies in order to become lawyers or social workers while others have also joined federal and provincial government as investigators. The possibilities of different careers are numerous once a student graduates from our program.
Graduates may choose to pursue their studies at the university level. John Abbott students with strong academic backgrounds can receive exemptions for some courses. The College currently has an agreement with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador; click here to view the details.
Certificate of Good Conduct
Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct does not guarantee admission to the École nationale de police du Québec (ENPQ). A candidate must not, from the time of application and until the end of his/her training, have been found guilty, no matter where, of any act or act of omission, that the Criminal Code defines as infraction, nor of any of the infractions stipulated in article 183 of the said Code, and deriving from one of the laws referenced in the Code. This provision is strictly applied, no matter what the type of sentence returned by a judge (incarceration, fine, community work, conditional discharge, etc.). A candidate who has been found guilty or who has pleaded guilty cannot be admitted to the ENPQ, even if he/she subsequently receives a pardon.
L’École Nationale de Police du Québec (ÉNPQ)
Before they can be hired to work as police officers in Québec, graduates must pass a medical examination and complete a 15-week practical police-training program at l’ENPQ (given in French only). It is strongly recommended that students consult the ENPQ web site at www.enpq.qc.ca for detailed entrance requirements, course costs, eligibility, etc.
If I have prior cegep, college or university studies will I be credited for courses I have already passed?
Students who have already completed a DEC ('Diplôme dʼétudes collégiales') will receive credit for the general education courses (English, French, Humanities, Physical Education and complementary courses) that they previously passed. It is difficult to grant equivalences for Police program courses because content and competencies are combined differently in JAC courses.
Students admitted to the Police Technology program who have prior Cegep, college or university studies will be invited to meet with an Academic Advisor* to discuss the transfer of credits.
(*usually in June)
Who is eligible to study Police Technology at John Abbott College?
Canadian citizens and/or landed immigrants are eligible to study Police Technology. 'LʼÉcole Nationale de Police du Québec' as well as most Police forces require candidates to be Canadian citizens.
Are there any specific academic program prerequisites other than having a high school diploma?
There are no specific academic program prerequisites for the Police Technology program. However, admission to the Police Technology program is highly competitive and applicants should strive for above-average academic results.
What academic average do I need to get into the Police Technology program?
It is difficult to give an exact academic average since the number and quality of applications varies each year. Candidates should know however that this is a very competitive program – the College receives approximately 400 applications each year and only admits between 90 and 110 students.
What is a certificate of good conduct and how do I obtain one?
If you are over 18 years of age, a Certificate of Good Conduct ('une preuve des antécédants judiciaries') is an official written document that proves you do not have a criminal record. To obtain one, candidates should procure one at one of the following agencies: https://www.urgences-sante.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Certificat-de-bonne-conduite2.pdf
There are fees associated with obtaining a copy.
(see Certificate of Good Conduct)
For admission to 'École Nationale de Police', the following applies: “A candidate must not, from the time of application and until the end of his/her training, have been found guilty, no matter where, of any act or act of omission, that the Criminal Coder defines as infraction, nor of any of the infractions stipulated in article 183 of the said Code, and deriving from one of the laws referenced in the Code. This provision is interpreted strictly, no matter what the type of sentence returned by a judge (incarceration, fine, community work, conditional discharge etc.). A candidate who has been found guilty or who has pleaded guilty cannot be admitted to the ENPQ, even if they subsequently receive a pardon”.
What are the pre-admission testing requirements?
Students interested in applying to Police Technology must successfully complete a half- day of pre-admission tests.
Can I fail one component of the pre-admission tests and still meet the entrance requirement?
No. Students must pass each component of the pre-admission tests. However, applicants may request a retest if space permits. A fee will be charged for the re-testing.
Can a student be exempted from doing the physical tests component?
No. All candidates must pass the physical testing to be considered for admission to the Police Technology program. If you cannot come on a specific date or fail the testing, you may register for a subsequent testing date if space permits. Candidates are allowed to attempt the physical tests two times each year.
A student must pass the pre-admission testing each year he or she applies to the Police Technology program Results are not transferable from one year to the next.
How do I sign-up for pre-admission testing?
Candidates are invited to submit their application for pre-admission testing by accessing the application form posted on the Police Technology web site. A fee of $75.00 is charged for the pre-admission testing.
What if I don't have a Canadian driver's license?
Candidates who do not have a Canadian driverʼs license will not be admitted to the Police Technology program. Applicants must have a minimum of a probationary driverʼs license at the time of application.
What should I do if I am not admitted to the program this year?
Students who are not selected for admission to the Police Technology program are encouraged to pursue full-time Cegep or university studies in another program. They should strive for above-average academic results and continue to acquire driving experience. Note: Candidates on academic probation will not be considered for admission.
Who must pass a complete medical exam and why?
Candidates granted a conditional acceptance to the Police Technology program (after evaluation of academic records by the John Abbott College Admissions Office) must pass a medical exam to certify that their health status meets the health requirements of the job of police officer as outlined in Bill 168 of the Québec Police Act. The medical consists of a complete physical and eye exam.
Are students allowed to submit assignments in French?
John Abbott College is an English-language CEGEP and therefore all courses, with the exception of French, are taught in English. Although the Police Technology program is given mostly in English, students in the program are encouraged to strive for bilingualism, and for this reason some teachers may allow students to complete their assignments in French.
A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
- Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
- Secondary 5 Second Language
- Secondary 4 Mathematics
- Secondary 4 Science and Technology
OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology
- Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education
This program has specific prerequisites.
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
- Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
- Secondary 5 Second Language
- Secondary 4 Mathematics
Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.
Students will be asked to take a medical examination test once they have been admitted to the Police Technology Program. The test conforms to requirements of “La Loi de la Police”. The costs are (before taxes):
1) With the RAMQ (Medicare card) $284.95 + Taxes
2) Without the RAMQ (Medicare card) $357.95 + Taxes
The fee covers the following:
1. Opening of file
2. Complete medical examination and questionnaire (Form- RAMQ FEX1581)
3. Microscopic Urine Test FSC/SMAC/Urine
5. ECG stress test (ECG au repos interprété)
6. RX lungs Pa &LAT (Rx poumons Pa & LAT)
7. Rx spine (Rx colonne Lombo-sacrée)
An eye examination is also required. The eye exam has to be completed before the medical examination is scheduled and results will be forwarded to the medical lab prior to the medical testing.
How To Apply
John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1.
Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.
Program start: Fall
- Complete the online SRAM application
- Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 310.A0
- Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application
Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions Office.
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361
Police Technology Department
514 457-6610 x5464
Student for a Day Program
You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?
Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.
During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.