Ontario Use Of Force Training

Use Of Force And Handcuffing Online Certification Course

This is an online, Handcuffing and Use of Force CERTIFICATION course. It was written by a Subject Matter Expert and former Instructor Trainer for the Ontario Police College. Subjects include Criminal and Trespass arrest, use of force authorities explained in detail,  judgement and decision making (crisis intervention) and incident articulation.

Course Access Time

You will have full access to this course for 6 weeks from the date of registration.
A 1-time free extension of 3 weeks is available (if needed).
An additional extension of 2 weeks is available at $75.

Step 1

Complete the training course

Step 2

Pass the online exam

Step 3

Receive accreditation certificate

Everything You Need

  • 9 lessons with video and text.
  • Quizzes to ensure understanding of the material
  • Available 24/7/365
  • No time limit to complete the course
  • Support is available if you have questions or need help.
  • Available on all internet-connected devices – desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone using Windows/Mac/iOS/Android
  • Online Exam

All of the above for a one-time payment:

  • Persons looking to get Basic Passive Handcuffing and Use of Force certification
  • Anyone working or seeking employment in any kind of law enforcement will benefit from this training
  • Individuals who would like to advance their skills and job opportunities

Topics for the online use of force and handuffing course is a follows:

  • Use of Force Introduction
  • Criminal Code Use of Force Sections
  • Introduction to use of force related academics
  • Use of Force and Incident Articulation
  • Intro to passive handcuffing
  • Active/Non-compliant Handcuffing
  • Intro to passive search
  • Use of Force Final Exam

This Use of Force online course focuses on providing a foundation in:

  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Legal studies
  • Personal safety

Students who successfully complete the online course and final exam are eligible to receive a printable accreditation certificate.

Is this a certification course in Use of Force Theory and Passive Handcuffing and Search?

Yes. The resume and credentials of the Subject Matter Expert who wrote and narrates this course has the requisite credentials to issue certification using online only delivery methodologies. The company is also a verified Vendor of Record for training Provincial Officers in Ontario.

How can Use of Force Theory and Passive Handcuffing be taught purely online?

Theory is all academic. It is taught online in the same way as your basic Guard Course likely was, and/or in the same way as most Colleges and Universities today.

Regards to the physical skills of applying handcuffs and searching people; the number of kinesthetic  (hands on only) learners is actually very small. Many are labelled as ADD or ADHD in fact. While it is true that some people prefer to learn using “hands on with real time feedback,” the fact is that most people also learn by reading, watching, mirroring, interacting with others and self practice. The bulk of people have blended learning styles which can be accomplished now, online.

If you have a pair of handcuffs, just play the videos, follow the step by step pictures in the pdf manual and/or email your instructor to set up a video chat for some real time feedback.

What about real time instructor feedback and subjective evaluations?

Feedback can be obtained online using video chats if required. There is also an option for an “in house” instructor certification in this program.

Subjective evaluations by certified instructors only carry so much weight. Old training methodologies dictated that a person had to demonstrate, competence and confidence in order to meet a set standard to pass. The resulting problem was that the student may meet this standard the day the leave the classroom and never practice afterwards causing this skill set to deteriorate rapidly.

Unless the learner practices and/or refreshes the skill set with someone more qualified, they likely would continue to do it wrong and there is no way of knowing until there is a problem later.  Once the learner leaves the classroom and the instructor who “certifies them,” there is no way to know if they will continue to practice or even retain what they learned.

Instructor's cannot be held liable for a learner not practicing a perishable skill set or how they apply that skill set once they leave the instructor's presence. The onus then shifts to the person and their supervisors to prove how the skills were maintained after initial certification. (If you don't use it….you will loose it.)

Isn't there a Provincial standard for use of force and handcuffing for security guards?

In Ontario, and most other Provinces and Territories, no. Only B.C. has a mandatory handcuffing certification standard. All the others do not. Police and related professions sometimes have standards built into their legislation, but it does not apply to civilian security guards.

Given that there are two different types of handcuffing methods, active and passive, plus a large number of other defensive tactics skills, what specifically is taught in this course and why?

All the related legal academics, articulation of incidents, judgment and decision making is taught as a baseline. No course is complete without the legal reasons when, where and why force can or should be used by persons who are not police officers.  

Basic disengagement skills are demonstrated step by step as a prelude to control techniques, but NO hard empty hand skills are taught in this course. Our company has not taught pressure point techniques or hard empty hand skills for 25 years. The reason being is that we believe that giving people pain is NOT a valid paradigm for controlling violent behaviour and it offers NO control whatsoever.

In some cases, using pain compliance techniques is completely ineffective and only serves to escalate the problem at hand. This aside, given the social media video that is likely to appear, your punching, kicking etc will not help convince people of your position especially given that you are not the police.

Handcuffing and Search are two topics that are covered in depth. Step by step instruction is done using pictures, video of a live class being taught and support materials provided. For further information go to our Youtube channel for a quick demonstration.

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