Police Technology

First, see the Police Technology Physical Requirements

Please note that the application process for the 2017 Police Technology Physical Testing and Fall Admission is now closed. The next Physical Testing session for the Fall 2018 Admission into Police Technology and Police Technology Pathways will be held next December 2nd, 2017 and registration will begin online as of October 2nd, 2017.

We would like to thank all of those who participated in this process and wish you a very safe and enjoyable Spring and Summer. Thank you!

Please read the FAQs (frequently asked questions) section below carefully.




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 TH-Police Tech FRprepared for a career in law enforcement with police forces, not only across Québec, but thoughout Canada.

NEW – See if you are part of the Affirmative Action Program – Needs to be included with your admissions application.


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.


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).


You want to pursue a career in law enforcement, as 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 challenging, and whoever decides to come into this program must be aware that this program is highly demanding, both on the physical and the academic level. This applies to the three-year program as well as the Pathway program to Police Technology.


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 agencies as investigators. The career possibilities are plentiful once a student graduates from our program.


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.


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.



Semester 1
Communication I, Emergency Responder, Criminology & Judicial Process, Québec Legal System, Police Organization / Functions & Ethics

Semester 2
Communication II, Establishing the Commission of a Crime, Operations, Interaction with Clientele

Semester 3
Investigation I, Crime Control, Interaction with Communities, Québec/Municipal Laws

Semester 4
Highway Code, Communication III, Self-Defense, Penal Matters, Police interventions / Stage

Semester 5
Crisis Intervention, Penal Offence Evidence, Control of Violent Individuals, Impaired Driving & Reports, Youth Intervention, Preventive Driving

Semester 6
Private Law, Community Intervention & Resources, Physical Skills, Alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics, Fire Prevention, Accident Report, Investigation II

For complete list of courses, please view the Course Calendar.


Frequently Asked Questions


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 must go to their nearest municipal courthouse (Palais de justice) and request one. 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 he/she subsequently receives 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.  Please consult the link Police Technology Physical Requirements located at the top of this page for details. John Abbott adheres to the recommendations of LʼÉcole Nationale de Police du Québec with regard to the required levels of physical fitness students must attain. Students will be notified by email of the results of their pre-admission testing.

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.  (Under Revision for 2012)

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.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.


This program has specific prerequisites.

  • Pre-admission test and driver’s licence

Please note that 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
4. Audiogram
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 being required. The eye exam has to be completed before the medical examination is scheduled. Results of the eye examination will be forwarded to the medical lab prior to the medical testing.



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 (Fall semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall 

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at http://sram.omnivox.ca
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 310.A0.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

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